Brussels Briefing


March 27, 2017

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).

September 16, 2016

Under the title of “Agribusiness development in small island developing states: the potential of tourism-related markets”, a Brussels Briefing will be held in on 21 September 2016 from 09:00 to13:00 at the ACP Secretariat, in Brussels. It is being organised by CTA, in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat. To participate, please register online.

July 11, 2016

Technological developments have transformed the agricultural landscape in Africa. Smart farming tools allow to increase the quality and quantity of agricultural production and make farms more “intelligent”. A critical aspect of precision farming is to make the technology available to small-scale producers and help them to manage more efficiently their farms. The Briefing will discuss successes and innovative PPPs.

Responsible and sustainable sourcing through fair trade

Wednesday 22 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium

June 14, 2016

The next Brussels Briefing, No. 44 in the series, will address issues relating to promoting responsible value chains and sustainable sourcing through fair trade in the agricultural sector. It will highlight the problems that currently make value chains unsustainable, particularly at the farmers' level. It will also present examples of how fair trade is promoting sustainable sourcing.