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May 15

Brussels Briefing 55: "The opportunities of blockchain for agriculture"

Brussels Briefing 55: "The opportunities of blockchain for agriculture"

Event Overview

The Brussels Briefing 55, on "The opportunities of blockchain for agriculture", discussed and provided an overview of the opportunities and challenges in adopting the blockchain technology in agriculture and the agrifood industry and some of the best practices and successful applications of the blockchain technology of interest to ACP countries. 

CTA organises briefings since 2007 with the European Commission (DEVCO), the Group of Ambassadors from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) and Concord, the network of civil society organisations across the EU Member States and BMZ/GIZ in selected topics.

The Brussels Briefing 55, on "The opportunities of blockchain for agriculture" discussed and provided an overview of the opportunities and challenges in adopting the blockchain technology in agriculture and the agrifood industry and some of the best practices and successful applications of the blockchain technology of interest to ACP countries.

Chairs

Kaire Mbuende

Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors and Ambassador of Namibia to the EU

Sheila Sealy Monteith

Ambassador of Jamaica to the EU

Speakers

H.E. Dr Patrick Ignatius Gomes

Secretary-General of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)

Wim Olthof

Deputy-Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission

Andreas Pletziger

Senior Policy Officer, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Panellists

Mischa Tripoli

Economist, Trade and Markets Division, FAO

Chris Addison

Sr Programme Coordinator Data4Ag, CTA

Louis de Bruin

Blockchain Thought Leader Europe, IBM Global Business Services

Alice Namuli Blazevic

Expert Blockchain and AI, KATS, Uganda

Pat Roy Mooney

Founder, ETC Group

Anthi Tsilimeni-Archangelidi

Analyste d’affaires, Cargill

Dr Theo De Jager

President of the World Farmers' Organisation (WFO), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

Sander Govers

Moyee Coffee “FairChain”, Ethiopia

Annette Houtekamer

Expert in Inclusive Insurance, Ibisa

Erik Árokszállási

CEO, TE-FOOD International

Moderators

Isolina Boto

Manager, Brussels Office, CTA

Speakers

Chairs

Kaire Mbuende

Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors and Ambassador of Namibia to the EU

Sheila Sealy Monteith

Ambassador of Jamaica to the EU

Speakers

H.E. Dr Patrick Ignatius Gomes

Secretary-General of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)

Wim Olthof

Deputy-Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission

Andreas Pletziger

Senior Policy Officer, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Panellists

Mischa Tripoli

Economist, Trade and Markets Division, FAO

Chris Addison

Sr Programme Coordinator Data4Ag, CTA

Louis de Bruin

Blockchain Thought Leader Europe, IBM Global Business Services

Alice Namuli Blazevic

Expert Blockchain and AI, KATS, Uganda

Pat Roy Mooney

Founder, ETC Group

Anthi Tsilimeni-Archangelidi

Analyste d’affaires, Cargill

Dr Theo De Jager

President of the World Farmers' Organisation (WFO), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

Sander Govers

Moyee Coffee “FairChain”, Ethiopia

Annette Houtekamer

Expert in Inclusive Insurance, Ibisa

Erik Árokszállási

CEO, TE-FOOD International

Moderators

Isolina Boto

Manager, Brussels Office, CTA

Organisers

  • ACP

    The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative management of the ACP Group. It assists the Group's decision-making and advisory organs in carrying out their work. The ACP Secretariat's headquarters is located in Brussels (Belgium). It is headed by an Executive Secretary-General who is responsible for implementing the Group's international policy, as well as directing and coordinating its cooperation policy.

  • EU

    The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The European Union has seven institutions: the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the European Court of Auditors. The EU values are common to the member countries in a society in which inclusion, tolerance, justice, solidarity and non-discrimination prevail. These goals and values form the basis of the EU and are laid out in the Lisbon Treaty and the EU Charter of fundamental rights. The goals of the European Union are: promote peace, its values and the well-being of its citizens; offer freedom, security and justice without internal borders; sustainable development based on balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive market economy with full employment and social progress, and environmental protection; combat social exclusion and discrimination; promote scientific and technological progress; enhance economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity among member countries; respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity; establish an economic and monetary union whose currency is the euro.

  • CONCORD

    CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations: 28 national associations, 20 international networks and 3 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. CONCORD is the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy.

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • BMZ

    The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), abbreviated BMZ, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Founded in 1961, the Ministry works to encourage economic development within Germany and in other countries through international cooperation and partnerships.

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