Raising the areas and efficiently of food production can help reduce the impacts of supply chain disruptions and rises in prices of imported food and fertilizer. The Sustainable Development Facility (SDF) is providing grants for 143 low income countries
to lower the costs of necessary sustainable agricultural food production planning and coordination tasks. These include policy planning and the establishment of food production projects and support for participating farms.
To support this objective the SDF grants will facilitate access to the Sustainable Development Goals Toolkit (SDGToolkit.com
) a cloud-based service providing more than 80 analytical tools for the following essential activities:
- The identification and measurement of gaps in national agricultural production of food, fibre and feed stocks to establish national policy imperatives
- A stepwise due diligence project design procedure to ensure all factors are considered
- Project design and farm planning to address the identified national imperatives
- A complete portfolio management of all projects and participating farms
- A completely integrated monitoring and evaluation system to identify ways to improve policy and project performance
This integrated policy-project cycle management system is ideal for ministries of agriculture, farm advisory and extension services, farmer cooperatives and practitioners concerned with practical sustainable agricultural development. SDF grants provide a 6 months free use of the SDGToolkit with training and technical support to provide adequate time for those participating to assess the utility of SDGToolkit for their specific needs. During this period, any number of strategic analyses and projects can be developed involving any number of users and stakeholders. If users wish to use the system beyond the 6 month assessment period, the SDF provides a permanent 80% discount on the standard license fee for each SDGToolkit.
To manage growth and resource use the SDF will apply a quota system by offering these provisions to the lowest income countries first by contacting government representatives directly. In the meantime institutions and governments interested in receiving SDF grants can find out more on how to do this here
All SDGToolkit output is downloadable in MS Office formats e.g. Word and Excel.