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IFAD-MERCOSUR: “Public policy dialogue on family farming and food security in the southern cone of Latin America”

One of the recommendations produced at the Seminar “Alleviating poverty with market rules in the context of MERCOSUR”, held in Montevideo in 1997, was to create a unit responsible for supporting the definition and coordination of political strategies to alleviate rural poverty.

In 1999, having opted to support the institutionalization of policies that promote rural development and alleviation of poverty, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) approved the first grant for the governments of MERCOSUR, plus Chile and Bolivia.

After completing various phases within the block, in 2012 the Program passed to depend on CLAEH. This set the beginning of a new stage in the project, with renewed institutional dynamics.

Today, the strategy of the IFAD MERCOSUR Program aims to:

  • Refresh the agenda with new themes;
  • Support the institutionalization of differential public policies specifically to favor family farming, rural development and fighting the root causes of rural poverty;
  • Expand the REAF model to other sub-regions in LAC and Southern Africa;
  • Establish contacts between REAF and the appropriate agencies (regional plenaries, country sessions and thematic groups), experiences of ongoing IFAD projects in the region that may be developed as new public policies with budgetary funds, to allow for escalation of actions, expanding from one country to another, consolidating public private partnerships that may lever of new resources;
  • Enhance handling and management of knowledge to i) strengthen inter-country political dialog; ii) escalate instruments to policies, mobilize and leverage new resources; iii) expand the experience beyond the region; iv) raise public awareness on a “new positive imaginary” on rurality to arouse the rural society’s pride for belonging to that constituency;
  • Strengthen social organizations, especially grassroots organizations at the country sections, to enhance the quality of political dialog, incorporating the cooperatives as social economy agents that may improve the trade opportunities and the integration of investment.

Expected outcomes

Deepening, update and enrichment of the political dialog, both domestically and between the countries of the expanded MERCOSUR.

Promotion of the South-to-South cooperation with the regions, seeking on one hand, to consolidate differential policies for the development of family farming and the institutionalism created for its application, and on the other, to strengthen the participation of family farming social organizations through capacity building of its leaders, as well as awareness and ownership of the agenda by grassroots organizations.

Collaboration in the process, educating the grassroots and family farmers organizations on the instruments defined by the public policy, encouraging them to take full advantage of them.

Verifiers

Below is a summary of the outputs expected in three years’ time, once the execution of the program has been completed, and expressed on the basis of a number of verifiers:

a) Regional and/or national studies on strategic public policies for the Southern Cone governments and family farming organizations;
b) Reports supporting the management of IFAD projects currently under way in the area covered by the Program;
c) Workshops devoted to the analysis of policies and initiatives applied to support the development of family farming, engaging all the representatives of their organizations and government officials involved in the area relevant to the Program;
d) Technical exchange missions to support the implementation of the relevant policies and instruments of intervention;
e) Updated web site with the program’s activities and results;
f) Exchange missions between government officials and representatives of the organizations of the MERCOSUR countries, and representatives of countries of other regions; and finally:
g) Working meetings between beneficiaries of the countries actively involved in REAF and the beneficiaries of the rest of the countries that participate in the area of the Program; the agenda is to be approved in advance, and the outputs are to be systematized and published.

DESCRIPTION

One of the recommendations produced at the Seminar “Alleviating poverty with market rules in the context of MERCOSUR”, held in Montevideo in 1997, was to create a unit responsible for supporting the definition and coordination of political strategies to alleviate rural poverty.

In 1999, having opted to support the institutionalization of policies that promote rural development and alleviation of poverty, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) approved the first grant for the governments of MERCOSUR, plus Chile and Bolivia.

After completing various phases within the block, in 2012 the Program passed to depend on CLAEH. This set the beginning of a new stage in the project, with renewed institutional dynamics.

Today, the strategy of the IFAD MERCOSUR Program aims to:

·         Refresh the agenda with new themes;

·         Support the institutionalization of differential public policies specifically to favor family farming, rural development and fighting the root causes of rural poverty;

·         Expand the REAF model to other sub-regions in LAC and Southern Africa;

·         Establish contacts between REAF and the appropriate agencies (regional plenaries, country sessions and thematic groups), experiences of ongoing IFAD projects in the region that may be developed as new public policies with budgetary funds, to allow for escalation of actions, expanding from one country to another, consolidating public private partnerships that may lever of new resources;

·         Enhance handling and management of knowledge to i) strengthen inter-country political dialog; ii) escalate instruments to policies, mobilize and leverage new resources; iii) expand the experience beyond the region; iv) raise public awareness on a “new positive imaginary” on rurality to arouse the rural society’s pride for belonging to that constituency;

·         Strengthen social organizations, especially grassroots organizations at the country sections, to enhance the quality of political dialog, incorporating the cooperatives as social economy agents that may improve the trade opportunities and the integration of investment.

Expected outcomes

Deepening, update and enrichment of the political dialog, both domestically and between the countries of the expanded MERCOSUR.

Promotion of the South-to-South cooperation with the regions, seeking on one hand, to consolidate differential policies for the development of family farming and the institutionalism created for its application, and on the other, to strengthen the participation of family farming social organizations through capacity building of its leaders, as well as awareness and ownership of the agenda by grassroots organizations.

Collaboration in the process, educating the grassroots and family farmers organizations on the instruments defined by the public policy, encouraging them to take full advantage of them.

Verifiers

Below is a summary of the outputs expected in three years’ time, once the execution of the program has been completed, and expressed on the basis of a number of verifiers:

a) Regional and/or national studies on strategic public policies for the Southern Cone governments and family farming organizations;

b) Reports supporting the management of IFAD projects currently under way in the area covered by the Program;

c) Workshops devoted to the analysis of policies and initiatives applied to support the development of family farming, engaging all the representatives of their organizations and government officials involved in the area relevant to the Program;

d) Technical exchange missions to support the implementation of the relevant policies and instruments of intervention;

e) Updated web site with the program’s activities and results;

f) Exchange missions between government officials and representatives of the organizations of the MERCOSUR countries, and representatives of countries of other regions; and finally:

g) Working meetings between beneficiaries of the countries actively involved in REAF and the beneficiaries of the rest of the countries that participate in the area of the Program; the agenda is to be approved in advance, and the outputs are to be systematized and published.

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