26 November 2012, Paris. OECD Conference Centre. OECD Global Forum on Agriculture 2012. Policy Coherence for Food Security in Developing Countries.
The aim of this Global Forum was to foster a dialogue among policy makers from OECD countries and emerging and developing economies on how best to address these challenges. In particular, the Forum:
- Took stock of the spill-overs of national agricultural and agriculture related policies, suggesting ways in which negative impacts can be avoided and identifying positive effects that can be leveraged, for example through knowledge sharing in areas such as agricultural research;
- Examined ways in which aid and aid-related policies, including donor support for developing country led co-ordination processes, can better support a structured prioritisation of investments to improve food security;
- Considered ways in which governments can encourage the kinds of private investment – both foreign and domestic – that are conducive to improved food security.
In order to support future food security policy making, the DAC EvalNet meeting in 2010 expressed the need for a systematic review of recent evaluations and other research that would provide evidence-based information on successful approaches. The Netherlands, through its evaluation agency IOB, proposed that it should take the lead in preparing this systematic review and the Royal Tropical Institute was invited to carry it out.
The main research question of this review was: ‘what is the evidence for, and nature of, the impact of development interventions on food security in developing countries?’