May 30

High Level Panel: Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security, Resilience and Prosperity in the ACP

High Level Panel: Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security, Resilience and Prosperity in the ACP

Event Overview

A joint ACP Secretariat and CTA High-Level panel under the theme of "Drivers of Agricultural Transformation in ACP Countries", is set to take place in the context of the 8th Summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Government in Port-Moresby.

Why this panel?

Given the dominance of agriculture in the economy of most ACP countries, increased productivity in the sector will be a key driver and a critical component of inclusive growth. As a source of employment for the majority of ACP populations, agriculture is crucial for poverty reduction and sustainable development. With the large number of young people entering the labour market each year and not finding jobs easily, more effort should be exerted to make agriculture attractive and remunerative for youth as a career opportunity.
The speakers will bring the perspective from resilience building, agribusiness development and investment.

Opened by Dr Patrick I. Gomes, ACP Secretary General, the panel will be moderated by Mr Michael Hailu, Director of CTA. Confirmed panellists include the Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia; Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of UNCTAD; Mrs. Janet Sape, Executive Director of PNG Women in Business; Mr. Peter Seligmann, CEO of Conservation International; and H.E. Pa'olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa to the ACP Group.

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  • 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.

  • 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.