SAPLING phase 1 will conclude in May 2023. The 2nd phase for SAPLING is currently being planned, which will be anchored by a suitable regional institution. As a regional platform, SAPLING will complement government efforts in the five focus countries and catalyse specific actions for regional cooperation for cohesive outcomes in common interest sub-sectors such as climate resilient agriculture systems, well-managed post-harvest systems, and safe food.
In 2019, the SAPLING Secretariat was established at the Health, Nutrition and Population Programme (HNPP) at BRAC, Bangladesh. This was followed by the constitution of a SAPLING Steering Committee comprising representatives from SAPLING countries, the Global Panel and BMGF.
The Steering Committee met for a prioritisation exercise and identified 9 key areas, of which 3 priority areas and 2 cross-cutting themes emerged for further research and advocacy. Along with the Steering Committee, SAPLING also onboarded members from the 5 countries under three categories, policymakers, policy influencers and subject matter experts.
The findings of Landscape Analysis and the SAPLING Programmatic Assessment were presented through an online workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to:
Participants in the workshop included representatives from country governments, multilateral and bilateral funding organisations, development partners, research organisations, civil society organisations and food & nutrition experts.
A virtual convening was hosted to review the learnings from the first phase of the SAPLING project and gather feedback from a wide range of stakeholders on SAPLING Phase 2. The results of the programmatic evaluation and institutional analysis for selecting an institution to anchor phase 2 of SAPLING were presented during the event.
The Dhaka Dialogue was organised with the following broad objectives:
The event revolved around 3 plenary sessions, each focusing on the three identified thematic areas: Climate-smart agri-food systems, reducing post-harvest losses and improving food safety standards.
The dialogue brought together a community of practice – governments, the private sector, bi-multi-laterals, research/academic institutions, civil society organisations/international non-governmental organisations (I/NGOs) and independent experts. The session lent insights into in-country priorities and themes for regional collaboration going forward.
'The Kathmandu Dialogue was organised with the following broad objectives:
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