I work part-time (two days a week) at the UK Parliament, where I run the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development.
There are many different APPGs at Parliament, on various subjects, and they are simply a way for members of Parliament to convene around a particular issue. Many of them employ an external coordinator with knowledge of the subject area to actually run the group. The aim of this particular APPG is to raise awareness and understanding across all parties of why agriculture should be a development priority. We see smallholder farmers as drivers of economic growth, and crucial to the achievement of the SDGs.
On a day-to-day level, my work at the APPG includes:
- Bringing in high-profile speakers (most recently the Director-General of FAO, and President of IFAD) to address members of both Houses;
- Organising overseas visits (most recently to Uganda and Rwanda) to expose members of Parliament to the challenges faced by smallholder farmers;
- Conducting inquiries and producing reports and briefings to inform members of Parliament and influence the priorities of DFID.