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Feb 26

Brussels Briefing 60: "The future of food and agricultural transformation"

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Brussels Briefing 60: "The future of food and agricultural transformation"

Event Overview

The Brussels Development Briefing 60 is organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat and CONCORD and held on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

The briefing discusses some of the key challenges ahead for our food systems and the future of farming, especially in Africa and the developing countries. It also discusses sustainable and healthy food systems, the future of work in agriculture and the need for new skills in very complex food chains, the effects of disruptive innovations, fair and inclusive value chains and trade.

Speakers

H.E. Dr Patrick Ignatius Gomes

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

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Leonard Mizzi

Head of Unit at EC, DEVCO

Panellists

Patrick Caron

Vice president for International Affairs at University of Montpellier and President of Agropolis International

Sean de Cleene

Member of Executive Committee, Head of Food System Initiative, World Economic Forum

Gunhild Anker Stordalen

Founder and Executive Chair at EAT

Elizabeth Nsimadala

Entrepreneur, President of Eastern Africa Farmer's Federation (EAFF) and President of the Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO)

Len Monica Ishmael

Advisor, Global Affairs Brussels Diplomatic Academy; Senior Fellow Policy Center for the New South & German Marshall Fund

Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency)

South Africa

Moderators

Isolina Boto

Manager, Brussels Office, CTA

Speakers

Speakers

H.E. Dr Patrick Ignatius Gomes

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

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Leonard Mizzi

Head of Unit at EC, DEVCO

Panellists

Patrick Caron

Vice president for International Affairs at University of Montpellier and President of Agropolis International

Sean de Cleene

Member of Executive Committee, Head of Food System Initiative, World Economic Forum

Gunhild Anker Stordalen

Founder and Executive Chair at EAT

Elizabeth Nsimadala

Entrepreneur, President of Eastern Africa Farmer's Federation (EAFF) and President of the Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO)

Len Monica Ishmael

Advisor, Global Affairs Brussels Diplomatic Academy; Senior Fellow Policy Center for the New South & German Marshall Fund

Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency)

South Africa

Moderators

Isolina Boto

Manager, Brussels Office, CTA

Organisers

  • 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.

  • DG DEVCO

    The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. DG DEVCO is in charge of development cooperation policy in a wider framework of international cooperation, adapting to the evolving needs of partner countries. This encompasses cooperation with developing countries at different stages of development, including with countries graduated from bilateral development assistance to cover the specific needs of these countries during the transition period between low-income countries and upper middle-income countries. DG DEVCO works closely with other Commission services responsible for thematic policies, as well as with the European External Action Service and Commission services on external action, so as to facilitate and help ensure a consistent approach.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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