Regional Hub

OVERVIEW

Resilient Food Systems’ Regional Hub is a cross-cutting unit whose core focus is to coordinate across the 12 implementing countries to ensure learning, scaling-up of successful technologies and interventions on smallholder farms. In collaboration with a range of partners and via existing platforms in sub-Saharan Africa, the Regional Hub helps address institutional and policy barriers for the inclusion of ecosystem services approaches into policies and investments for improved and sustainable smallholder agriculture and food value chains.

The focus is on facilitation of dialogue, models, metrics, and practices which bridge the agricultural and environmental agendas at various scales. This involves, where possible, strengthening of existing partnerships and institutional frameworks, learning and scaling successful methods and facilitating the creation and strengthening of multi-stakeholder science and policy platforms in sub-saharan Africa.

 


ACTIVITIES OF THE REGIONAL HUB IN 4 COMPONENTS


HUB1

Create and/or strengthen integrated institutional frameworks and mechanisms for scaling-up proven multi-benefit approaches

 

SUMMARY OF SERVICES

  • Sharing of best practices on policy for integrated natural resource management and sustainable landscape management.
  • Develop guidelines on how to integrate the identified best practices on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) into existing regulatory frameworks of the country projects.
  • Supply sustainable and innovative financial mechanisms and market opportunities.
  • Identify projects’ needs with regards to scientific knowledge and tools.
  • A scientific knowledge support interface to share latest scientific knowledge.
  • A set of scientifically sound policy-support tools.

 


 

HUB2

Scaling-up integrated approaches and practices
 

SUMMARY OF SERVICES

  • Demonstrate how to address key issues related to sustainability and resilience of food value chains of regional significance.
  • Toolkit on integrating sustainability and resilience in value chain development and scaling-up models.
  • Regional training of selected national actors on integrating sustainability and resilience in value chain development and scaling-up models.
  • Capacity development and technical support to countries for strengthening of agricultural advisory service and private sector engagement.
  • Linking country projects to established networks of seed companies and private agro-dealers as well as enhanced post-harvest and financial tools.
  • Technical advice and tools on monitoring and evaluation of rural advisory services.
  • Organization of study tours and exchange visits for peer to peer learning (to be cost-shared with interested country projects and others).

 


 

Hub3

Monitoring and assessing global environmental benefits and agro-ecosystem resilience

SUMMARY OF SERVICES

  • Framework for multi-scale monitoring and assessment of ecosystem services and socio-economic benefits.
  • Regional web platform through the Vital Signs portal with methods and datasets for monitoring Global Environmental Benefits (GEBs).
  • Published online metadata standards to document all national projects.
  • Online maps and resilience atlases.
  • Reports on comparison of protocols, methods and best practices.
  • Quantitative baselines for ecosystem services and gender disaggregated measures of food security.
  • DATAR capacity development, technical advice, and tools.
  • Data visualization for each country in place and updated annually.
  • Regional training on agrobiodiversity assessment and use.
  • Development of a regional south-south network of diversity assessment expertise.
  • Workshops.

 

Hub4

Coordination, reporting and general management functions across IAP projects for programmatic impact, visibility, and coherence
 

SUMMARY OF SERVICES

  • Establish the Project Coordination Unit (PCU).
  • Facilitation of learning exchanges, encouraging a culture of peer-to-peer learning between project teams and beyond.
  • Knowledge sharing material (best practices, lessons learnt, progress, etc).
  • Annual workshops.
  • Ad-hoc technical support.
  • Programme website and communication material.
  • Representation on behalf of the programme at various fora.
  • Identify resource mobilization opportunities.
  • At programme-level, monitor indicators for Global Environmental Benefits (GEBs) and monitor and aggregate socio-economic benefits.