Please find, on behalf of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) South Africa, the attached case studies on MSPs for FSN.
We have also gone through the draft VO and find it to be quite comprehensive in its coverage of the MSPs and the rationale for their establishment and the challenges that they face. The four clusters suggested also cover all types of MSPs. The ARC case studies will likely fall under the Knowledge generation and sharing cluster.
Although there is coverage of financing of MSPs in the document, in the current draft there is no synthesis of the pros and cons of the different financing models for MSPs and also teasing out the best practices in financing MSPs for FSN. In terms of structure of the report, the HLPE could consider having financing issues as a stand-alone chapter. This would improve the balance between the emphasis on other MSP related issues and the financing aspects of MSPs.
An issue that is not properly emphasized in the report is the impact that donor funded projects have in terms of determining the type of MSPs that are formulated, the actors (some from the donor countries) and the agenda, particularly for research.
We hope that you find the inputs valuable, we are open to further engagement.