At country level, the GM aims to help UNCCD country parties to increase AfT investment in agriculture and SLM. To this end, the GM:Supports policy dialogue and awareness raising on the inter-sectoral synergies between trade and SLM;
- Supports partnership building with trade institutions and SLM mainstreaming into national trade processes;
- Provides technical backstopping and financing for background studies and assessments of AfT flows to the SLM relevant sectors, especially agriculture;
- Supports the identification of national trade and SLM priorities and of the related financing sources, by facilitating and financing inter-sectoral consultations;
- Assists in the formulation, design and financing of inter-sectoral trade and SLM projects by providing technical backstopping, catalytic funding for project design, and resource mobilisation for project implementation;
- Builds networks and partnerships with donors and development partners to provide technical expertise and financial support to the development, implementation, replication and up-scaling of inter-sectoral initiatives that simultaneously address trade and SLM.
GM support to countries is often delivered with the help of National Advisors specialised in Trade and SLM issues, who are able to facilitate the resource mobilization process and to provide related technical assistance where needed.
Thanks to close collaboration between the GM, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (UNCCD Focal Point) and the National Implementation Unit of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), Uganda has achieved important results in mainstreaming Trade and SLM which include among others:
- The Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry (MTTI) - where the EIF National Implementation Unit is hosted - has been successfully engaged in the Uganda Sustainable Land Management Strategic Investment Framework (U-SLM SIF).
- Inter-ministerial dialogue among the five sectors involved in the U-SLM SIF - energy, land, environment, agriculture and trade – has led to the identification of Trade and SLM priorities which are cross-cutting among all these sectors.
- The Trade and SLM priorities have been successfully mainstreamed into the main national trade development processes, and in particular in the structure of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF);
- MTTI, acknowledging the fundamental role of SLM in ensuring trade sustainability, has appointed a Trade and SLM advisor within the Ministry which is going to make sure that SLM relevant trade priorities are well integrated into the national trade development policies, strategies and plans, including the National Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS).
- Donors have been engaged in the development of the trade and SLM agenda, in order to finance the jointly identified priorities.
As a direct result of close collaboration between the Global Mechanism, the Ministry of Environment (UNCCD Focal Point), TerrAfrica, and the National Implementation Unit of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), Mali has achieved important results in mainstreaming Trade and SLM which include among others:
- The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce - where the EIF National Implementation Unit is hosted - has been successfully engaged in the Country Strategic Investment Framework for SLM (CSIF).
- Inter-ministerial dialogue in the context of the CSIF has led to the identification of inter-sectoral Trade and SLM priorities which are well reflected in the CSIF and are going to be included in the next DTIS update.
- Consultations with donors have started to engage them in the development of the trade and SLM agenda.
In addition to the above, the GM has been actively supporting the Gum arabic sector development in Mali. Gum arabic is a very important product for Mali, both in terms of its market potential and the capacity of acacia trees, where the gum is derived, to combat land degradation and desertification since the roots of acacia trees are highly effective in reducing erosion and enriching the soil by fixing nitrogen.
The GM, in close collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), provided support to the review process and to the operationalization of the Gum arabic sector strategy, and to underpin efforts for the definition and implementation of institutional mechanisms to strengthen all the segments of the production/supply chain in a sustained manner. The GM and ITC also supported the design and financing of a project for strengthening the use of SLM practices in the Gum arabic value chain.
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For more information
Ms Eleonora Canigiani
Trade & Markets Strategy Officer
Tel.: +39 06 5459 2734
Ms Susan Bingi
Trade and SLM Advisor
Tel: +256 414 314283
Mr Salif Touré
Trade and SLM Advisor
Tel.: +223 20 22 34 65
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