Innovator’s handbook: RFS, FAO, INRAE and local innovators partner to build sustainable food systems
10 February 2021
The 12 country projects are connected by the Regional Hub, a cross-cutting unit whose core focus is to coordinate the country projects, ensure cross-project learning and collaboration, and monitor and assess programmatic progress.
AGRA, Bioversity International – CIAT Alliance, Conservation International, FAO, ICRAF, UNDP, UN Environment
Resilient Food Systems’ Regional Hub is a cross-cutting unit whose core focus is to coordinate across the 12 implementing countries to ensure learning and scaling-up of sustainable technologies and interventions on smallholder farms. In collaboration with a range of partners and via existing platforms in sub-Saharan Africa, the Regional Hub helps address institutional and policy barriers for the inclusion of ecosystem services approaches into policies and investments for improved and sustainable smallholder agriculture and food value chains.
The focus is on facilitation of dialogue, models, metrics, and practices which bridge the agricultural and environmental agendas at various scales. This involves, where possible, strengthening of existing partnerships and institutional frameworks, learning and scaling successful methods and facilitating the creation and strengthening of multi-stakeholder science and policy platforms in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Regional Hub relies on the efforts of a range of partners, each responsible for contributing towards one of the Hub’s four core objectives:
1. Create and strengthen integrated institutional frameworks and mechanisms for scaling up proven approaches.
Regional Hub partners UN Environment and FAO help address institutional and policy barriers to the inclusion of ecosystem services approaches into policies and investments for improved and sustainable smallholder agriculture and food value chains.
2. Identify and scale up successful integrated approaches for making food systems more sustainable and resilient.
Regional Hub partners UNDP and AGRA use a value chain (VC) approach to identify and scale up best practices for “greening” food value chains, while FAO provides capacity development and technical support to countries for strengthening agricultural advisory services.
3. Monitor and assess global environmental benefits and agro-ecosystem resilience.
Regional Hub partners Conservation International, UN Environment and Bioversity International – CIAT Alliance are responsible for monitoring the global environmental benefits of the programme and strengthening the capacity of country projects to apply appropriate tools and practices for monitoring and assessment.
4. Coordinate, report, and perform general management functions across RFS projects to enhance programmatic impact, visibility, and coherence.
Within the Regional Hub, the Programme Coordination Unit, run by ICRAF, coordinates the linkages between all 12 country projects and is responsible for programme-wide knowledge management and communication activities.
Each RFS project conducts activities that fall under common thematic areas within the programme. Explore each project theme relevant to the Regional Hub project below to see which activities are being implemented under each theme.
Learn more about the activities being implemented under the Regional Hub. Stay up-to-date on key workshops, events, and lessons learned throughout the programme.
We have a growing library of reports, briefs, case studies, media, tools and guidelines. Explore all resources related to the Regional Hub to get greater insight into our programme activities.
This briefing note focuses on the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) and its use by the Resilient Food Systems (RFS) projects in Kenya and Eswatini in conducting baseline surveys focusing primarily on socio-economic data. The MPAT survey collects information on 1) rural assets, exposure, and equality; and 2) fundamental needs, such as food and nutrition security, education, and healthcare. Additional questions on soil and water conservation practices were added to the survey conducted in Kenya. This tool is relatively easy to use, requires few resources to implement, and provides users with a reliable and comprehensive picture of a community’s poverty situation.
Over the past two years, the Resilient Food Systems (RFS) programme, one of the three Integrated Approach Pilots funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has been committed to fostering sustainability and resilience for food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The Annual Report covers implementation of the RFS programme between 2018 – 2019, providing an overview of the activities, achievements, lessons learned, and best practices of the 12 country projects and the RFS Regional Hub. The report captures and highlights the considerable learning and knowledge that has been generated and shared by the implementing agencies, partners and beneficiaries within each country project. It serves as an acknowledgement of the significant achievements made possible by the collective efforts of all RFS partners.
This brochure provides an overview of the Resilient Food Systems programme, led by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Integrated Approach Pilot on Food Security. The programme’s 12 country projects, aimed at promoting the integrated management of land, water, soils, trees and genetic resources, are outlined. Details on the Regional Hub, which connects the 12 country projects, and the programme’s Theory of Change are also provided.
The Knowledge Centre is a central platform for sharing resources and information generated by the 12 Resilient Food Systems country projects and Regional Hub.
Within the Knowledge Centre, you can find helpful resources, tools, case studies, and news stories related to the different countries and themes of the Resilient Food Systems programme.