Senior experts and policymakers presented important lessons and opportunities for African countries to strengthen linkages between rural and urban areas at a Brussels Briefing which took place on Monday 20th March 2017. The event, held under the title of “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa”, attracted a wide audience of over 130 participants representing the ACP and EU diplomatic and development communities present at the ACP Secretariat, and an online audience of over 100 following via Webstream. It was organised by CTA, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Agency (GIZ), the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and Concord (the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development).
March 16, 2017
Interview with Steve Wiggins, Research fellow at ODI
Research fellow Steve Wiggins, of the UK’s Overseas Development Institute, has worked extensively on agricultural and rural development throughout his 45-year career, especially in the areas that apply to smallholders in Africa. In an interview held shortly before he was due to speak at the 48th Brussels Briefing, he argues that the benefits of rural-urban movements may well exceed any negative impacts, offering new prospects for rural economies.
The event is organised by CTA together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Agency (GIZ), the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord.
Experts at the 47th Brussels Development Briefing on the topic of “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities” all agreed that Africa’s largest market opportunity lies within the continent. The event, which was held at the ACP Secretariat on Friday 3 February 2017 attracted an audience of close to 200 people, who joined the organisers to discuss the progress made in integrating Africa’s regional markets, and to explore suggestions for overcoming barriers to intra-African trade. Key findings from the African Agricultural Trade Status Report (AAFTR) 2017 by CTA and IFPRI were also presented at the Briefing. The event was co-organised by CTA, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD.
January 24, 2017
Realising opportunities in neighbouring markets
In a short span of time, the idea of expanding regional trade between the countries of sub-Saharan Africa has gone from a lofty ambition to a veritable necessity. Buffeted by stormy global markets and bruised by unreliable demand, African countries are re-evaluating what kinds and scales of trade can best support the diversified livelihoods of 10–12 million young people entering the workforce every year – while also meeting their needs for affordable food.