Every two years, GAFSP organizes a Knowledge Forum to bring together project teams from across all Supervising Entities to share and learn more about topics that are relevant to them. Given current circumstances, the 2021 Knowledge Forum will take place virtually, with learning sessions held throughout April-September.
Our lives depend on the sustainable production of safe, healthy, and affordable food – a challenge exacerbated by a growing population, a global pandemic, and a changing climate. At GAFSP, we will continue to support our partners on the ground as they strengthen their resilience.
In this installment of our “COVID Conversations” series, we talk with Lionel Soulard, Cargill’s managing director for West Africa. IFC and GAFSP’s support to Cargill is helping the company professionalize and digitize Côte d'Ivoire’s cocoa sector. Soulard spoke with us recently about plummeting chocolate sales at airports, the challenges of online training with limited internet, and how the pandemic is accelerating digitization—and with it, opportunity.
In Uganda, where dairy production is dominated by small-scale farmers living in impoverished rural areas, IFC and GAFSP supported Pearl Dairy, a leading local milk processor, establish a powdered milk processing plant and cold-storage infrastructure, which is helping facilitate milk collection from remote smallholder farms.
Agriculture is critical to Kosovo’s private sector development, and though it accounts for an estimated 30 percent of employment and 13 percent of GDP, it accounts for just 4 percent of total borrowing in the country’s formal sectors.
In Côte d’Ivoire, where almost half of jobs are linked to cocoa, IFC and GAFSP are working with the cocoa company Cargill to professionalize and digitize the sector. The Cargill 2.0 program works on professionalizing cooperatives, teaching management skills and training on the benefits of digital finance to increase traceability and security.
GAFSP raised $300 million of a desired $1.5 billion (over five years) Tuesday at its replenishment kickoff event hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
GAFSP launched its replenishment period 2020-25 to raise US$1.5 billion over five years (2020-25) at a virtual event. At the event –which was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)– donors pledged over US$300 million in new funding to the Program, meeting the yearly target for 2020.
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Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Donors Announce US$300 million to End Hunger and Malnutrition
As part of GAFSP’s first replenishment period to raise US$1.5 billion over five years, Australia, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Germany, Norway, and Spain announced over US$300 million in new contributions to GAFSP – meeting its yearly replenishment target for 2020.
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Good food begins with farmers, and things started to change when GAFSP began investing in rural farming communities in Nepal.