Food for the cities programme

Establishing a Stakeholder Advisory Group

The Stakeholder Advisory Group, or 'SAG', involving representatives from various government sectors and levels of government, food value chain nodes (may be unions or professional associations), civil society (producer and consumer organisations, NGOs), academia (including local universities, private and financing sector, media, etc. 


The role of the SAG is to:  

  • provide info / data on CRFS   
  • give input and feedback to help identify priorities
  • participate in strategy development 
  • help build permanent network
  • bridge communications gap between stakeholders
  • collaborate with other initiatives and groups
  • facilitate uptake of research results into policy & programmes 
  • give other advice to project team 


The following tools will help with developing the work plan: 

Template: Sample Terms of Reference: Stakeholder Advisor Group 

This document contains sample terms of reference that set out the composition of the SAG, the profile of prospective members, and their role and responsibilities. The terms of reference may be adapted and used in the recruitment of SAG members in any city region. 

Template: Sample agenda for initial SAG meeting

This document contains a sample agenda for an initial SAG meeting, which should be adapted by the project team in each city region in accordance with local circumstances. 

Examples: Establishing the Stakeholder Advisor Group 

Two examples of how stakeholder advisory groups were established in two pilot city regions: Antananarivo (Madagascar) and Kigali (Rwanda).   


Training unit 3: Participatory multi-stakeholder processes

This training unit: explains what is meant by participatory multi-stakeholder approach of the CRFS programme; establishes who is involved and the rationale for it; instructs project teams on how to identify, engage, and enable involvement of stakeholders.