Online dialogue #2, 18-22 November 2013

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    How can more coherent policies lead to improvements

    in global food security?





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    The OECD - Policy Coherence for Development Unit


    For queries, please contact Dorothee Georg, Junior Policy Analyst, PCD Unit:




    In today’s interconnected global economy, all countries play a role in driving growth and enabling sustainable development. The multidimensionality and increasing complexity of development challenges call for collective action and greater policy coherence to address barriers which constrain development and sustainable and inclusive growth.These areas include trade and barriers to access to markets, knowledge andtechnology.

    National and international effortsneed to be supported by enabling environments at the national, regional and globallevels. This entails policies that create conditions for a well-functioning global trading system and markets; stable financial systems; sustainable food security; sustainable and inclusive governance and use of natural resources; equitable access to knowledge, innovation and technology; and responsible investment, amongst others.

    The process of promoting policy coherence for development (PCD) which has evolved in the OECD over the last two decades has a great potential as a policy tool for creating the enabling environments and policy processes required to respond to today’s morecomplex challenges. Discussions on PCD have frequently taken place among donors on asector-by-sector basis, being based on a narrative of a world divided into North and South, donors and recipients, and focusing on the need for coherence between aid and non-aid policies and “do no harm”. However, given the changes in the global economic landscape, there is a need for broadening the PCD approaches, updating the narratives and upgrading the existing tools and instruments.


    This online dialogue is structured according to two overarching elements: 1) policy coherence more generally and how PCD can address global trends shaping the global economy; and 2) food security more specifically and what actions shouldbe undertaken on the PCD front to achieve global food security. These elements spread over five sessions, from the 18-22 November 2013 as follows with one session per day.



    Day 1: Global trends and how they shape the global development landscape and imply a change for current PCD approaches and the Post-2015 development agenda;

    Day 2: Coherence and how we can apply a PCD lens to the issue of global food security;

    Day 3: Global actions and how to create the conditions to improve food security on a global level;

    Day 4: National efforts and how governments and key stakeholders can shape enabling environments for food security on a national level;

    Day 5: Measuring progress for food security and how evidence-based analysis can support policy making.


    This online dialogue was organised by the OECD-PCD Unit as part of its efforts, in the context of the OECD Strategy on Development, to develop a more inclusive and broader approach to policy coherence for development that will be needed to ensure progress in the future development agenda. It follows up on the discussions held at the Side Event co-hosted by the OECD and Italy on 24 September 2013:  “Shaping Coherent and Collective Action in a post 2015 World: How Policy Coherence for Development can Help Improve Global Food Security”, in the context of the UN General Assembly’s Special Event towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).



    Furthermore, this online dialogue was held in the run up to the European Development Days. The Policy Coherence for Development Unit of the OECD, together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Finland and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development - CONCORD, was organising the lab “Global Food Security and Policy Coherence for Development - A Multi-stakeholder Approach” during the European Development Days, on Wednesday 27 November 2013 from 14:30-15:45 pm, in the Tour and Taxis premises in Brussels (Lab 2, Roundtable Room). This online dialogue and its outcomes were presented at the event and fed into the lab discussion.

    Please find the summary of the European Development Lab attached below.


    Programme and Questions for discussion