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Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010 sessions
8 April 2010

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges Farming First as the source of this information

“Better Benefiting the Poor Through Public-Private Partnerships for Innovation and Actions”. This session was organized by Farming First

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Session Summary:

Chaired by Gordon Conway of Imperial College London, and led by Lindiwe Sibanda of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and Joyce Cacho of Novus International, the session showcased a number of studies illustrating successful partnerships in facilitating pro-poor R&D as well as building capacity, markets, and value chains . They included: dairy production in Pakistan by Nestlé; the Beira Corridor project in Mozambique by Yara International (see the article in this issue of Fertilizers & Agriculture); input market development in Kenya by the Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers; and bioactive mosquito nets in Tanzania by A to Z Textile Mills. The 60 participants discussed innovative ways to strengthen partnerships and the essentials tools for success.

The participants concluded that the private sector is generally seen as a key driver and actor for economic growth. However, trust and transparency still need to be strengthened for all stakeholders to be able to work together to fight poverty. The private sector is working to define its role in the context of meeting the MDGs, in particular by explaining how business interests can be aligned to benefit the poor. The MDGs cannot be met solely as a public endeavour. In addition to the roles played by governments and local authorities, local entrepreneurship needs to be stimulated to create the jobs, assets and income that will allow farmers to improve their livelihoods.

Conditions for successful public-private partnerships

Recommendations by participants in the session on the role of public-private partnerships and how they can help achieve the Millennium Development Goals:
  • Keep things simple, and clear to all;
  • Viable public and private sectors are the foundation, and governments need to act to establish conditions for participation by all stakeholders;
  • An enabling environment should include good governance, access to finance, and human capacity;
  • Partnerships should be based on demand/markets for what is produced;
  • Long-term commitment is necessary, built on trust, respect and, in particular, human resources;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and commitment are essential;
  • Partnerships should be based on negotiations and deal-making. Risks and benefits need to be aligned, and interests and agreements should be clear;
  • Ways to measure and assess success are crucial.

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