Workshop report: Food and nutrition security: building global partnerships through South-South cooperation

Workshop report: Food and nutrition security: building global partnerships through South-South cooperation

A workshop was organised on 16th April, 2014 on ‘Food and Nutrition Security: building global partnerships through south-south cooperation’ by DFID under its Knowledge Partnership Program at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The workshop was organised in the context that India is a potentially powerful source of evidence and lessons on addressing food and nutritional security, particularly for low income countries in South Asia and Africa.

India has a long history of innovation in boosting agricultural productivity for strengthening local supply of food, and offers a range of policy and practice lessons on approaches to improving access to food and adequate nutrition. While India has demonstrated progress in many areas, it is still grappling with significant challenges, particularly regarding nutrition security. This blend of success and ongoing challenge in a relevant context makes India an ideal learning partner for LICs who are facing similar challenges.

One of the important areas of focus under DFID’s global development partnership with India is therefore to help accelerate impact on food and nutritional security in developing countries using lessons and expertise from India. As part of this mandate, DFID had commissioned a scoping study under its Knowledge Partnership
Program (KPP) to synthesise the existing evidence on how India has addressed food and nutrition security challenges in recent years, map existing demand for India’s partnership on this issue, and take first steps in identifying promising areas for sharing lessons and good practice with LICs.

Using this scoping paper as a point of reference, the focus of this workshop was to:

  • present promising practices and lessons identified by the paper that have potential to be shared with LICs, drawing on the view of the authors and the input of key discussants
  • seek views on whether there are other promising options and instruments available for sharing Indian innovation (policies technologies and institutional lessons) with developing countries
  • generate ideas how development partners (including workshop participants) could help to support or catalyse knowledge-sharing between India and developing countries
  • identify areas that need further investigation
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