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Meridian Institute

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) Improvement Process

Related: Agriculture and Food Systems

Meridian Institute was retained by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to design and manage a process aimed at identifying improvements to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP). GAFSP was created in 2009 by the G8 and the G20 in direct response to the global food price crisis of 2008. GAFSP is a multilateral financing mechanism that enables the immediate targeting and delivery of additional funding to public and private entities to support national and regional strategic plans for agriculture and food security in poor countries.

The Meridian project team identified and prioritized issues concerning the implementation of both the Public and Private Sector “Windows” (i.e., funds) of GAFSP. The team gathered, analyzed, and synthesized publicly available written information about GAFSP’s decisions and operations and collected perspectives—through in-person and telephone interviews—from members of the Steering Committee (the governing body of the Public and Private Sector Windows) and other relevant stakeholders. Meridian facilitated informal working sessions of the Steering Committee, with the objective of defining and refining options for consensus solutions to high-priority issues that could improve GAFSP’s governance, structure, operations, and outcomes. Meridian’s recommendations were discussed and approved by the GAFSP Steering Committee at their September 2013 meeting.

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