At the end of the workshop, the representatives of the participating donor agencies and international organisations were not able to readily commit to fund a global learning alliance for inclusive agribusiness. But this does not mean that a collaborative structure will not be supported. More than anything, donors realized at that workshop that they first need to do a better job in coordinating amongst themselves in designing and funding inclusive agribusiness initiatives. Some mentioned that there is a lot of knowledge already sitting in their own agencies which is not being effectively tapped and compared across organisations. As a result, donors committed to initially engage in more regular peer-exchange on their inclusive agribusiness programmes and strategies. This will be done at the inclusive agribusiness work stream of the Global Donor Platform, which has just gained a new impulse with the decision taken during the workshop to merge it with the EU Working Party on Agriculture and Private Sector Development. In this space, donors will not only have conversations with their peers, but will also engage with the larger inclusive agribusiness community through webinars, meetings and conference calls. The idea is that these conversations will ultimately better guide investments, be it for research and learning purposes, be it for developing the enabling conditions for inclusive agribusiness in terms of finance to smallholders, land tenure rights, trainings to improve the productivity of small farms or to improve the capacity of government staff in mediating business processes etc.
The Secretariat of the Global Donor Platform is currently helping the Platform’s inclusive agribusiness work stream in developing a vision for this group and planning a few activities for 2017. Amongst others, the work stream is composed of representatives from the EC, USAID, IFAD, DFID, FAO, GIZ, DFTA-Australia, MFA-Netherlands, WTO, World Bank etc. Updates from this work stream will be posted in our website and in our newsletter.