TOPS LRP Learning Event, November 14, 2011, Waterview Conference Center, VA

Local and Regional Procurement (LRP) Learning and Sharing Workshop

Sponsored by TOPS

 Hosted by the Learning Alliance (Catholic Relief Services, Cornell University, Land O’Lakes, Mercy Corps, World Vision)


Monday, November 14, 2011
8:00 am – 4:30pm
Waterview Conference Center, VA


Agenda:

8 – 9

Registration, Light Breakfast, Networking

9 – 9:15

Plenary: Opening Remarks (Mark Fritzler, TOPS Program Director)

9:15 – 9:45

Plenary: Donor Remarks

·         Dina Esposito, USAID/FFP Director

·         Ron Croushorn, USDA/FAS/OCBD Food Assistance Division Director

9:45 – 10:30

Plenary: LRP Project Presentations (Catholic Relief Services & Mercy Corps)

10:30 – 10:45

Break

10:45 – 11:30

Plenary: LRP Project Presentations (Land O’Lakes & World Vision)

11:30 – 12:15

Plenary: LRP Preliminary Findings and Lessons Learned  (Prof. Chris Barrett & Erin Lentz, Cornell University)

12:15 – 1

Lunch

1 – 2

Plenary: LRP Case Studies

2 – 2:50

Breakout: Concurrent Discussions (see descriptions below)

·         Response and Market Analysis

·         The Development Difference

3 – 3:50

Breakout: Concurrent Discussions

·         Field-based Market Assessment, Monitoring, and Analysis

·         Commodity Safety

4 – 4:30

Closing Remarks (Mark Fritzler, TOPS Program Director)

Concurrent Discussions:

Response and Market Analysis - This breakout session will explore how response analyses can assist agencies in identifying the most appropriate form of assistance. Cornell will focus on response analyses that incorporate ex ante market assessments, including the Market Information and Food Insecurity Response Analysis Framework (MIFIRA).

The Development Difference - This session will look at how LRP programs link to development and build resiliency. Panelists will discuss how LRP programs have linked with existing US-government funded developmental food aid programs, have the potential to support US-government food security programming overall, and link with development and Disaster Risk Reduction programs in the future. Participants will also consider specific examples where LRP programs have shown potential for longer-term impacts (especially from USDA-funded LRP programs). For a broader conversation, participants from both the PVO and donor communities are encourage to attend.

Field-based Market Assessment, Monitoring, and Analysis - Participants will take part in a broad discussion of PVO experiences with market monitoring and analysis during LRP project implementation, as well as during emergency and developmental Title II programs, as appropriate. Discussion topics will focus on challenges accessing secondary data; primary data collection challenges; and organizational capacities to undertake market assessments, monitoring, and analysis for decision-making. Attendees will also discuss recommendations for improving market assessments, monitoring, and analysis in LRP as well as emergency and developmental Title II programs.

Commodity Safety - Panelists for CRS, Land O'Lakes, and World Vision will explain the processes their organizations used to ensure the safety of locally procured commodities. The panelists will also discuss the constraints to food quality testing in certain contexts and recommendations for future programs before opening the topic up for discussion among participants.

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