Moving Towards Partnership and Discussion for Sustainable Agriculture Aid

by Abby Massey

Danielle Nierenberg (left), project co-Director of Nourishing the Planet, with members of a women's farmers group in Abokobi, Ghana. (Photo: Bernard Pollack)

At a discussion on the state of agricultural aid in Africa hosted by Oxfam International in Washington, DC yesterday, Jean-Pierre Crola, author of the report Aid for Agriculture: Turning Promises into Realities on the Ground,  emphasized that donors should “move away from ownership, towards partnership and discussion” with the countries receiving aid. Reviewing case studies from Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger, Crola called for international aid needs to be a ‘country led process’ where international donors and governments create programs that can be easily sustained when aid is no longer needed or available.

To read more about creating sustainable aid programs, see Bringing High-Quality Food Aid Closer to Home, Creating Game Plans for Investment and Policy to Improve Food Security, To Improve Competitiveness of Rural Businesses, Linking Farmers to the Private Sector.

Abby Massey is a food & agriculture research intern with the Nourishing the Planet project.

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