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Agrinvest update 27 June 2019                             

SDG compliance for leveraging sustainable investment in agriculture


The new FAO paper SDGs for people, planet, and prosperity provides an overview of FAO’s support to private sector compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The paper notes that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development marks a shift from traditional development approaches by emphasising the role of the private sector. FAO is thus working towards mainstreaming SDG compliance into private sector operations along agricultural value chains, by enhancing its support to the creation of enabling environments for SDG-compliant investments and increasing its engagement with financial institutions. The ultimate aim of this process is to ensure that FAO’s strong knowledge base available for governments is suitable for being integrated into investment contracts of loans, guarantees and equity.

 

 

Ghana, Ivory Coast cocoa floor price seen as small step toward ending child labour

 

According to Reuterste d'Ivoire and Ghana have jointly agreed to set a minimum price for cocoa that would improve the livelihoods of poor cocoa producers. The new minimum price will not move all cocoa farmers away from poverty, but may help to reduce the participation of children that are engaged in the most dangerous tasks of cocoa production. Up to 1.6 million children are estimated to be working in the cocoa production in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, where poverty is a root cause to the high incidence of child labour. These two countries supply 65 percent of the world’s cocoa.

 

Narratives of scarcity that justify control over natural resources

 

According to the article ”Narratives of scarcity: Framing the global land rush”, and based on an analysis 135 reports and other documents focusing on land investment, narratives of scarcity are being used to legitimize actions to take control of natural resources. The paper describes three types of narratives: absolute, relative and political scarcity. In the context of Africa, the authors call for a more in-depth analysis of political scarcity, as visions of abundant land in Africa to attend global scarcities attempt, at the same time, against the reality of acute local scarcities.

 

Tenure rights, indigenous people and climate change mitigation

 

On 22–23 June 2019, more than 600 people from across the world gathered at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Bonn, Germany to rally behind a more inclusive and sustainable future rooted in the recognition of the rights of indigenous communities and their irreplaceable role in combatting the climate crisis.  Held alongside the UNFCCC’s Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB50), indigenous leaders and representatives stood shoulder to shoulder with policy makers, scientists and youth in their commitment to securing the rights of the world’s 350 million Indigenous peoples, whose ancestral lands contain 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity and nearly 300 billion metric tons of carbon (equal to 33 times 2017’s global energy emissions).

 

Webinar on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Contracts: Understanding new approaches to contractual clauses

 

The International Institute on Sustainable Development is organizing a webinar today Thursday 27 June 15:00 pm CEST on new tools and guidance on infrastructure development, which often include language promoting the use of PPP contracts. The webinar will focus particularly on the 2019 Guidance on PPP Contractual Provisions developed and promoted by the World Bank. Experts will also discuss how contracts could be designed to enhance the overall contribution of infrastructure development to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The webinar is designed specifically for developing country government officials. Registration for the webinar is available at bit.ly/2NfRrDd 

 

 

 

 

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