Task Forces 2022


What is a Task Force?

It operates following the mandate set out by the German government and is categorised thematically under different Working Groups. In order to promote greater collaboration between and across relevant sectors, SNRD Asia and the Pacific has set up joint work clusters with other networks in the region, namely Sector Network Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia (TUEWAS) and Sector Network Governance Asia (SNGA).

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation task force aims to develop the list of existing tools, we want to create a platform where these tools are shared for possible replication and implementation. With the recent development and the ongoing of the digital environment, it is important to understand what the available resources are to support the work of GIZ and its partners. The project members can have an overview of what has already been used and how to upscale it. Our partners would be able to see that we have the capability of supporting our partners with digital transformation. Projects have innovative samples and connectivity to information sources on digital transformation.
  • A database for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) measures that are being used in GIZ projects around the world.
  • An overview of existing tools/methods/guides for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agri-food systems in the form of a compendium.
  • An interactive Product Landscape that combines the developed products and additional relevant documents in a user-friendly design.
  • An upgrade of ValueLinks 2.0 methodology by integrating relevant climate-sensitive aspects for analysis and solutions of value chains.

Climate-Smart Agricultural Value Chains

Agricultural development projects often emphasize the need for climate change adaptation (and mitigation) in production. Yet upstream and downstream functions of agricultural value chains bear a similar importance for resilience of the agricultural system. Guidance for the use of adequate tools and at best a comprehensive approach can enhance the effectiveness of development projects. The Task Force on Climate-Smart Agricultural Value Chains formed from February 2022 to March 2023 to fill the gap for a streamlined guidance targeting development projects within GIZ and external.
  • To foster innovative solutions for transformative change
  • To enhance cross-sectoral and integrated approaches
  • To boost knowledge management and transfer in SNRD AP & beyond
  • Exchange of ideas, challenges and success stories from across the countries and regions
  • Organize regular (proposed quarterly) knowledge sharing sessions on best practices based on implementation experiences

The CSA database includes more than 100 measures that have been successfully applied by African and Asian projects (as of February 2023). It lists CSA measures along the complete value chain and categorizes these according to agroclimatic zones. It is an excel database and will be updated with suitable measures whenever available. Further down the line the excel database will be upgraded to a dynamic online database.

The Compendium gives an overview of the most relevant tools that can be applied for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agri-food systems. Numerous tools have been developed to integrate climate change aspects into development projects, they differ in level and complexity of application, methodology and target group. The Compendium categorizes these and prepares the tools for a more convenient application by practitioners.

» Download Compendium of Analytic Tools

The interactive Product Landscape complements the Compendium and gives a visual overview of and easy access to the developed products as well as additional relevant documents.

» Download Product Landscape

The ValueLinks 2.0 methodology was upgraded by integrating climate-smart aspects in the suitable modules for analysis and solutions. New training slides were created in English and field-tested in Vietnam and Nepal. With this upgrade, ValueLinks 2.0 is comprehensively taking account of climate change challenges that value chain development needs to consider and prepares ValueLinks practitioners to apply suitable tools. An accompanying brochure is providing more in-depth information on the utilized tools. The new training material is currently translated in additional languages.

BIOH – One-Health Analysis Framework

In 2021, the working group completed the development and piloting of a One-Health Integration Analysis Framework with three projects: ProFEB, components 2, 3, and 4 (Laos), Forest Biodiversity Programme, component 2 (Vietnam) and SUPA, component 1 (ASEAN). The task force is designed as a follow up phase, implemented by a consultant of a team of consultants, who would improve and apply the framework to three more interested projects, including development of a PANORAMA solution about the framework and a workshop to share the results
The COVID-SARS2 pandemic has provided the latest incidence that One Health is of global relevance and interest, and the role and importance of the “pillar” environmental health is the least well understood, hence there is great potential for its valorization.

Innovations in Gender Transformation for Rural Development in Asia

The task force will publish a knowledge product on ‘Innovations in gender transformation for rural development in Asia’. This publication will be shared with other project members of SNRD Asia and the Pacific and externally. This compilation may trigger the initiation of further synergies and knowledge exchanges on the very important topic of ‘gender’ within the task force members project, but also externally for other projects and countries. Additionally, it can further enhance south-south cooperation.
  • To facilitate knowledge exchange for sharing key innovations, best practices, challenges and learnings from different projects across countries on gender-responsive and gender transformative approaches for rural development.
  • To explore innovations among the member projects, organise in-depth virtual discussions and exposure visits to a few key innovations that are of high interest for exploring the potential for a contextualised adoption in other projects and countries, thus promoting cross-learning beyond borders.
  • The task force will publish a compilation of innovations in gender transformation for rural development from various projects to share with the project members of SNRD Asia and Pacific, and beyond. Efforts will include case examples from during and post-pandemic scenarios, which may be of high relevance and interest to project members.