2022 Resilient Food Systems Knowledge Exchange and Learning Workshop


20 - 23 September 2022


Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel, Blantyre, Malawi


Rodrigo Ciannella (ICRAF)
GEF Integrated Approach Pilot PCU

After two years of mostly virtual interactions, we are happy to have hosted the 2022 RFS regional workshop as an in-person event. Key country project representatives, partners and Consultative Committee members were invited to exchange experiences, take stock of lessons learned, and jointly plan for the final steps of this regional initiative. In particular, the workshop provided opportunities to:

  • Aggregate learning experiences across all RFS projects through Learning Labs: short interactive sessions primarily led by country teams and intended to maximise learning and exchange on specific topics of interest.
  • Facilitate practical learning and peer exchange through field trips hosted by the RFS Malawi project team – Enhancing the Resilience of Agro-ecological Systems Project (ERASP).
  • Stocktake progress, discuss achievements and address programmatic challenges.
  • Hold the final Consultative Committee meeting (for designated representatives only).

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Tuesday, September 20th

08.30 - 09.00


09.00 - 09.15

Introduction of participants and objectives

Marie Parramon Gurney, Facilitators

09.15 - 10.00

Welcome and opening

Jean-Marc Sinnassamy, Senior Environmental Specialist, GEF Secretariat

Geoffrey Mamba, Principal Secretary - Irrigation Services, Malawi

Hon. Lobin C. Lowe, MP, Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Malawi

10.00 - 10.15

Overall progress and results

Jonky Tenou, IFAD

10.15 - 10.25

Brief on the study assessing RFS impact on resilience

Tom Kiptenai Kemboi, Conservation International

10.25 - 10.55

Group photo and coffee break

10.55 - 12.45

Resilient Food Systems impacts and lessons: interactive evidence and experience wall

12.45 - 13.00

Preparation for Learning Labs

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.00

Learning Lab 1: Multi-stakeholder engagement processes

Co-led by Ethiopia and Uganda in collaboration with UNEP, FAO, ICRAF & UNDP-AGRA

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 - 16.30

Learning Lab 2: Bridging science-policy gaps for enhanced resilience

Led by Burkina Faso in collaboration with UNEP and African Union Commission

16.30 - 17.00

Closing insights

Wednesday, September 21st

09.00 - 09.30

Check in and overview of the day

09.30 - 10.30

Learning Lab 3: Best practices on Sustainable Land Management for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality

Co-led by Eswatini and Niger, in collaboration with FAO and ICRAF

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.00

Learning Lab 4: Building resilient value chains

Co-led by Nigeria and Senegal in collaboration with UNDP-AGRA

12.00 - 12.15

Interactive Exercise

12.15 - 13.15

Learning Lab 5: Advisory services supporting community innovations: integrated landscape management through Farmer Field Schools and Agro-Pastoral Field Schools

Co-led by Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania, in collaboration with FAO

13.15 - 14.15


14.15 - 15.15

Learning Lab 6: Addressing learning and adaptive management at the RFS

Co-led by Malawi and Kenya in collaboration with IFAD and ICRAF

15.15 – 15.45

Coffee break

15.45 – 16.45

GEF Secretariat interactions with country projects and partners

Led by GEF Secretariat, focused on the added value of the RFS programmatic approach

16.45 - 17.15

Briefing on field trips and sign-ups

Munday Makoko, RFS Malawi (ERASP)

17.15 - 17.30

Closing insights

17.30 - 18.30

Regional Hub planning meeting (Hub partners only)

Thursday, September 22nd: Field trips


Depart Blantyre for Phalombe and Zomba District Council Offices

09.00 - 10.00

Briefing by District Planning and Implementation Support Team on ERASP & PRIDE

10.00 - 10.30

Travel to Wowo and Matoponi irrigation schemes

10.30 - 11.00

Visit and appreciate progress on construction of Wowo and Matoponi irrigation schemes

11.00 - 13.00

Visit catchment management sites

13.00 - 14.00

Discussions at the EPA and WUA Offices

14.00 - 15.00



Return to Blantyre

Friday, September 23rd

09.00 - 09.30

Feedback from field trips

09.30 - 10.30

Interactive Panel: Reflections on Programme learning and successes

10.30 - 10.45

Next steps and closing

Jean-Marc Sinnassamy, GEF Secretariat & Jonky Tenou, IFAD

10.45 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.00

Consultative Committee meeting (CC representatives only)



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