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Analysis

Public policies, essential to the development of agri-food sectors

Matthieu Le Grix Agence française de développement (AFD)
SP&D - Sécurité alimentaire
In sub-Saharan Africa, the development of high-performance agri-food chains will be contingent on stronger smallholder farms. Training, advice, financing of agriculture, supply chain structuring and contractualisation: developing these critical functions must lead to the implementation of ambitious public policies. At a time when there is a new consensus around the goal of food sovereignty, strengthening agricultural policy is a priority. All players in the sector – particularly upstream and downstream businesses – will benefit from public investment focused on smallholder farms.
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Decoding

Tapping into the private sector for food system transformation

Janvier K. Litse World Food Programme
Divya Mehra World Food Programme
Varya Meruzhanyan World Food Programme
Sécurité alimentaire
To attain SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), sustainable food systems – including small-scale farming, agri-SMEs, and local food processing – will require structured development. This necessitates private engagement (bringing innovation and efficiency) and responsible private finance. To enable this, development partners and the UN need to support governments to establish a conducive environment.
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Interview

Towards food security in Yemen: HSA Group in concert with the UN, DFIs and international NGOs

Nabil Hayel Saeed Anam HSA Group - Yemen
SP&D - Sanaa
Against a background of conflict and widespread food insecurity in Yemen, the country’s HSA Group continues to work in partnership with UN agencies, DFIs and international NGOs. HSA Group’s work with Proparco demonstrates the positive effect of public-private partnerships in bringing affordable essential products and services, as well as humanitarian and social development to a crisis-stricken country.
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Decoding

Proparco’s Trade Finance Programme: a concrete solution to supply challenges

Emmanuel Haye Proparco
Valentine Le Clainche Proparco
Margaux Chevrier Proparco
Port de Douala
Financing international trade through the banking system is essential to facilitating trade between countries. While this type of financing is readily available in developed economies, certain Southern countries are experiencing chronic shortages. On the African continent, for example, the supply of essential goods, especially cereals, represents a specific challenge and is particularly dependent on trade flows (intercontinental as well as internal to Africa) which need to be facilitated to safeguard the Continent’s food security. This is exactly what Proparco’s Trade Finance guarantee programme aims to do.
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Interview

A network of central banks and regulators committed to climate action

Jean Boissinot Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)
The financial sector is increasingly mainstreaming climate-related risks into its analyses, in particular through the action of the NGFS, an international network of central banks and regulators. Details and analyses from Jean Boissinot, Deputy Director for Financial Stability at Banque de France and Head of the NGFS Secretariat.
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