CTA’s involvement in EDD 2016, held in Brussels on 15 and 16 June, focused on the conference’s theme of sustainable development. CTA demonstrated how important it is to integrate developing countries into global agricultural value chains to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the intergovernmental goals that set the agenda for crucial achievements by 2030.
The session on developments in agricultural trade and the Sustainable Development Goals in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries delivered expert opinion on how current trends in agricultural trade and investment could support development in the poorest countries.
In the session on the treatment of food standards in mega-regional trade agreements, CTA and its partners explored policy developments for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the marginalising effect of mega-regional trade agreements.
The session on supporting local and sustainable food production in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries explored linkages between the agriculture and tourism sectors, as well as discussing the progress that has been made in developing this relationship and identifying innovative trends and partnerships.
Gender and agricultural entrepreneurship was a session for exploring the untapped potential that women bring to agriculture and the discrimination that sees many women denied access to agribusiness opportunities, where they could play a vital role in achieving the SDGs.
Ending hunger and undernutrition: it can be done faster was a session focusing on the second SDG – to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. It examined why people are still hungry and undernourished across the developing world, and discuss research-based strategies and innovations that could play a big part in solving the crisis and its economic and social costs.
EDD 2016, organised by the European Commission, brought the development community together to share ideas and experiences, explore new partnerships and seek innovative solutions to inform and assist the development agenda into the future. To offset the estimated 5,000 tonnes of CO2 generated by gathering about 6,000 people together, the Commission financed projects that are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 7,390 tonnes.
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