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20 April 2023

SIANI strengthens the Swedish Resource Base

SIANI’s annual meeting in Stockholm, March 2023. Photo by Alice Tunfjord.

SIANI has consistently over the years contributed to capacity development, activities, and cross-sector collaborations that aim to strengthen knowledge and communication of sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition within the Swedish Resource Base (SRB) – individuals who currently have or previously connected to Sweden and/or Swedish actors.

By supporting the work of academia, private sector actors, CSOs, and the public sector, SIANI has contributed to the SRB’s knowledge and implementation of the 2030 Agenda on multiple fronts.

This report shows how SIANI contributes to the Swedish Resource Base and highlights some of its achievements in supporting and stimulating capacity development among individuals who currently have or previously connected to Sweden and/or Swedish actors.

Contributions in sectors and thematic areas

Since its inception, SIANI is a recognised multisector platform within a global system of international knowledge management, where the network feeds information back to its members. SIANI has a mandate to catalyse the dissemination of knowledge generated internationally and in Sweden. The process allows the SIANI Secretariat to report with new perspectives, knowledge, and resources from international arenas to the SRB.

SIANI has contributed to the SRB, particularly in academia, civil society, private sector and the public sector, youth, as well as thematic contributions in landscape management; migration and agroforestry; and antimicrobial resistance. Collaborating with SRB’s multiple sectors and themes enables SIANI to support Agenda 2030 implementation on several fronts. This approach can enhance the work of Swedish international development actors and their sustainable development efforts in low- income countries.

“[SIANI] has lifted Sweden’s ability to play a role in addressing policy issues related to the achievement of SDG 2”, according to high-level officials in Government Ministries, researchers, and private sector actors (Mid-term Review Phase 3, p.8).

Key conclusions

  • SIANI has become a well-known and appreciated network within the SRB as well as internationally. This has allowed the network to facilitate and strengthen the work of the SRB concerning sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition, and introduce new thematic areas.
  • Being a supportive and flexible actor has enabled SIANI to facilitate multisector partnerships and generate knowledge that ultimately strengthens the work of the SRB and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
  • SIANI has participated in dialogues and collaborated with actors in the international arena, allowing the network to bring back knowledge and expertise from the international arena to the SRB.
  • Vice versa, the network has enabled knowledgeable actors from the SRB to contribute to high-level international policy dialogues and collaborate with international actors, raising global leading organizations’ awareness of the expertise available within the SRB.
  • Being connected to SIANI has also facilitated researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to the latest research and communication material on sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and food security in low-income countries.
  • SIANI has contributed to increased interest and engagement regarding sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and food security among the SRB’s youth section. The network has also inspired experienced research members of the SRB to enhance the inclusion of youth in their projects, and support the development and distribution of early-career researchers and their work.