Rome, February 2018
Procasur and IFAD jointly organized the third Programme Steering Committee (PSC) at IFAD HQ in Rome, on February 16, 2018. The PCS meeting was held in the framework of the Cross-Regional Programme “Strengthening Capacities and Tools to scale up and disseminate Innovations”, that was approved by IFAD in October 2015 and has been effectively on-going since February 2016. The meeting was aimed at discussing the progress, the relevant thematic areas, and the way forward for the IFAD-Procasur Programme. It was also the opportunity to discuss about the key role of KM within IFAD’s projects and how the Large IFAD-Procasur regional programme can further support the improvement of KM tools and approaches within IFAD funded projects.
The PSC meeting was chaired by Dr. Eusebio Tumuitikile, representative of the Agrarian Development Fund of the Ministry of Agriculture of Mozambique and was attended by three IFAD project directors from different countries where the Programme is operating, mainly: El Salvador, Madagascar, Nigeria and Mozambique; as well as by representatives of IFAD and PROCASUR’s regional and technical teams involved in the directory of the Programme. Additionally some IFAD Project Directors from Malawi and Niger have attended and contributed as observers by remote. (Here the invitation with the participants of the program).
The Procasur team from Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa presented the results of the second year of the Programme (2017) and several issues were raised and discussed such as: the role of south-south cooperation in local knowledge management; how to sustain change, using local solutions as the main contributors towards the achievement of Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs); how value addition can be created in the development of rural communities capitalizing on their local knowledge and innovations, through organizations like PROCASUR.
The presentation of the Latin America and the Caribbean region of PROCASUR was made by its coordinator Mr. Pablo Olmeño, who highlighted the new challenges being faced towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. He emphasized on the importance of focusing on the collection of solutions for the future, which lies in the hands of the farmers and their innovations. He gave a brief summary of what has been done in Bolivia. There have been advances in rural extension systems, closing gaps that rural producers and farmers had. He also presented on the results of the work being done in Colombia together with the collaboration of IFAD and the Presidential Cooperation Agency of Colombia; the work that is being done in Chile together with the National Institute of Agricultural Development, INDAP, and its rural extension program with local Chilean champions, as well as the positive results that the work has produced in conjunction with the National School of Local Champions in Peru.
Afterwards, Procasur’s work in the African region was presented by Lia Poggio and Laura Fantini, both representatives of PROCASUR in the region, who highlighted the positive results of the several Learning Routes that were carried out during the year 2017. These interventions have strengthened IFAD’s work and the relationships with the projects and governments involved. The importance of capitalizing on the innovation plans designed from the Learning Routes implemented was stressed as a key factor towards the generation of effective change for the African rural population.
SUMMARY OF PROJECT PROGRESS IN 2017:
During the second year of operation, a total of 38 projects financed by IFAD benefited from the different activities of the Program, sixteen from East and South Africa, twelve from Latin America and the Caribbean and ten from West and Central Africa.
- 2500 beneficiaries have gained from the programme so far. In terms of direct beneficiaries, there can be representatives of farmers' organizations, rural producer groups and associations of micro-entrepreneurs, technical teams, administrators of public agencies that execute IFAD-financed projects, and private organizations that actively participated in the Program.
- Sixty-four new Local Champions have been identified, their skills profiled, organized and shared.
- In total, 230 Local Champions have benefited from the program.
- Sixty-six Innovation Plans were designed as part of the different initiatives and activities, such as Learning Routes, Learning Territories, trainings of knowledge trainers and knowledge exchange events.
- Until now ninety-nine Innovation Plans have been designed and the startup supported by Procasur.
- 80% of these innovation plans are organized and led by project executing agencies supported by IFAD, with support focused on design, peer collaboration, adjustment and validation by projects and related staff with IFAD and start-up activities.
Finally, Viviana Sacco, the coordinator of the "Securing Land Tenure" component within the Programme, spoke about the ongoing developments in the grant and the plans for activities that will take place in 2018. Among the most important topics, she highlighted a Learning Route on Climate Change to be implemented this year in Latin America, another Learning Route on Strengthening Farmers Organization to be held in West Africa and a cross regional Learning Route on Sustainable Forest Governance, to be held in India. Two regional events will also be held in 2018 in Africa, one in Mozambique with a focus on Local Champions, extension services and rural development, and another in Cameroon on youth, entrepreneurship and agro – pastoralism where young people from all over Africa will attend. Eight high quality publications will also be produced this year, summarizing the results under the IFAD Procasur partnership in order to capitalize and disseminating useful information on the initiatives carried out cross regionally.
Currently underway, is a platform of rural talents (www.talentosrurales.org ) that is updated regularly, reinforcing the Local Champions from all regions and giving them visibility at global level. Innovation plans from the Learning Routes carried out in 2017 are still ongoing in many regions and ten new innovation plans are expected to be elaborated this year as part of the learning activities that will be implemented this year. The thematic: rural youth, adaptation to climate change, local talents as service providers, securing land tenure, and strengthening farmers’ organizations, have been a priority for Procasur and will continue to be a point of focus this year.
The activity ended with a conversation about proposals, initiatives, suggestions and ideas among the attendees from the different regions and divisions of IFAD that work together with PROCASUR.
After the PSC meeting the same attendees of the PSC meeting together with more observers from IFAD HQ have contributed to the “Conversation focusing on the role of Knowledge Management and South-South Cooperation in the scaling up of innovations”. This activity has directly involved IFAD Project Directors from Mozambique, El Salvador and Madagscar who have shared their knowledge and experience in running IFAD funded projects, providing inputs and contributions on the role of innovations, local champions and South-South Cooperation for Rural transformation. For further details about the issues discussed please see the guiding questions (here) which were submitted to the participants in order to provoke the discussion.