MUN Academy attended CFS 44 side event: How cross-sectoral partnerships help smallholders deliver a more food secure future

The event was a multi-stakeholder discussion to determine which partnership models work and where challenges remain. Dr. Tin Htut, Minister of Agriculture of Myanmar, said it is not important to donate assets, it is important to teach how to deal and work with the assets present in a territory. The problem is that there is a gap and this gap should be reduced. There should be more cooperation and a close relationship to strengthen the government capacity for cross-sectoral partnerships.

Gianluca Favela from WFP said partnerships have a cost. What is necessary is a specific framework and cooperation because currently synchronization is absolutely not present among partners. He added that we need accountability.

Christopher Neumann from CropLife International affirmed there needs to be dialogue. There is a structural problem when national associations help local farmers. When international and national  help reaches Africa or Asia sometimes regional and local governments have management problems. This is why it is difficult to reach SDG1. There should be a monitoring, a long term program to retain information and validate assumptions.

Lastly, Paul Winters from IFAD, said that there is an evident gender gap because most businesses are men-driven. The partnerships should be result oriented. Even if WFP, IFAD, and FAO compete to receive funds, they should be all working together to beat everyone else in this field.


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