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Towards a greener agrifood sector: Preliminary assessment of investment opportunities in EBRD’s countries of operation






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    Enabling More Inclusive, Efficient and Sustainable Agrifood Systems - GCP/GLO/002/ITA 2022
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    In Africa, boosting sustainable food value chain development can contribute to enabling smallholders and small service providers to take advantage of burgeoning food economies. There are indeed new opportunities due to the increasing and changing food demand, coming in particular from urban areas. One of the central drivers of growth are food based small and medium sized enterprises ( agrifood SMEs), which can become key protagonists of the transformation of agriculture towards more sustainable food systems. However, these SMEs struggle to take advantage of the increased market opportunities. Among the barriers inherent to agriculture and that hinder investments  such as high risks and weak mitigation strategies, limited availability of collateral, high transaction costs, and lack of business skills among small entrepreneurs  there is also the lack of capacity of financial institutions and private investors to assess profitable business opportunities within agribusiness markets. Against this background, this project aimed to foster Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) aligned investments in agrifood systems in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Niger, to enable more inclusive, efficient and sustainable agrifood systems in these countries, and beyond.
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    Country Programming Framework for Nigeria 2018–2022 2021
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    This Country Programming Framework (CPF) sets out five government priority areas to guide the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' (FAO) partnership and support to the Government of Nigeria (GoN) – bringing together innovative international best practices and global standards with national and regional expertise during a five-year period from 2018 to 2022. The priority areas are: 1. Strengthen national food security and nutrition through enhanced nutrition-sensitive and climate smart food systems. 2. Support for appropriate and operationally effective agricultural policy and regulatory frameworks. 3. Support to Nigeria's economic diversification agenda and the promotion of decent employment for youth and women in the agriculture value chains 4. Improve efficient and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems. 5. Enhance disaster risk reduction, resilience building and emergency management towards strengthening the Humanitarian Development Nexus. The CPF is anchored in several national documents, which are directed at addressing a myriad of challenges to the rapid development of the agricultural sector. The documents include the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) - the Green Alternative, which aims to set the agricultural sector on a growth path that will ensure that output is sufficient to meet domestic food requirements and export quality levels. The Federal Government's Agriculture Promotion Policy, The Green Alternative, builds on the gains made by the Agricultural Transformation Agenda. It aims to work with key stakeholders to build an agribusiness economy that can deliver sustained prosperity, inclusive and equitable growth by meeting domestic food security goals, generating exports and supporting sustainable income and job growth
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    Forest sector workforce in the UNECE region. Overview of the social and economic trends with impact on the forest sector
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    The nature of forest work is changing. Over the last several decades, forest management priorities have been evolving from timber extraction towards a comprehensive ecosystem services management. Work structures have been adapting to the challenges of global economy such as globalization of commodity markets as well as pressures on productivity and on workers safety, health and wellbeing. In the last several decades, large companies have downsized, relocated or closed with substantial impact on forest workers and local communities. Many former corporations have outsourced work to a growing number of contractors who have different work, management and communication cultures. That created possibilities for innovation, for adapting to new niches, such as community-owner or worker-owned businesses, and for development of contractor associations. In the view of the transition of global economy to a green and sustainable model, forest sector needs to continuously look ahead to what the future of the forest work will be and where the new developments may come from, in particular, in the context of attracting a qualified and young workforce to fill in new jobs. Today the forest workforce in the UNECE region is very diverse, although still employing disproportionately few women. Further development of this trend will depend on the revision of existing curricula with a view to adaptation to new career paths and to offering modern careers ensuring inclusive transition of the sector to a green and sustainable economy model. A key element to that will be the emphasis on the aspect of natural resources management and the enhancement of all forest ecosystems functions. Keywords: employment, forest workforce, green economy, ecosystem services management, occupational safety and health ID: 3470667

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