Eight years of agricultural policy engagement at the Brussels Briefings

February 9, 2016
 

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A review of policy issues and challenges facing agriculture and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries from 2007 until 2015 is now available in multimedia DVD and USB stick.

Knowledge and policy dialogue are a prerequisite for Brussels-based actors engaged in ACP agriculture to be able to better respond to emerging challenges. To help meet this need, CTA has just released a new multimedia pack that reviews key documents and highlights from the Brussels Development Briefings spanning eight years.

Including more than 30 background research documents (‘readers’), the pack aims to provide insight from experts, decision makers and key actors, in a format that contributes to knowledge sharing amongst the development community in Brussels and beyond. Other resources include expert presentations and videos from each briefing, policy briefs and a series of infographics reflecting the most pressing policy issues and developments in agriculture, trade and rural development in ACP countries.

Contents are presented under five themes, including resilience for food and nutrition security, trade and investment, climate change and sustainable use of resources, drivers of agricultural transformation and blue economy. This collection concludes a yearlong project involving annual reviews of the key documents and materials from the past Brussels Development Briefings, from their inception in 2007 until 2015.

“Participants in the Briefings consistently rate the range and availability of resources at our events very highly. We are confident that the new format and revised content of the multimedia pack will build on the popularity and success of the previous edition”, said Isolina Boto of the previous edition of the DVD, released in 2012.

The new edition is now available in the form of a USB stick and can be ordered through the CTA Publications website (shipping is currently only available to ACP countries).

The Brussels Development Briefings are jointly organised by CTA, the European Commission/Europaid, the ACP Secretariat, Concord and other development partners.

Resources

Learn more about the Brussels Development Briefings
Order your USB stick “Promoting agriculture and trade policies for sustainable food systems: the Brussels Development Briefings multimedia pack” (shipping only available to ACP countries)

Stay connected

Follow on Twitter via @BruBriefings, and #brusselsbriefings


3rd PAFO Continental Briefing Advancing African agriculture through agribusiness development

November 26, 2015

3rd PAFO Continental Briefing

Advancing African agriculture through agribusiness development

28-29 November 2015, Durban, South Africa

 Organised by the Panafrican Farmer’s Organisations (PAFO) and the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

Organised in the context of the GFIA

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This Briefing is linked to the Brussels Briefings organized by the CTA, EC/DGDEVCO, ACP Group and Concord every two months on key issues related to agriculture in ACP countries.

The continent’s leaders have renewed their commitment to transforming agriculture as a driver of job creation, improved incomes, and access to nutritious food.  The Heads of State and Government of the African Union met at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 26-27 June 2014, on the Theme of the African Year of Agriculture and Food Security: “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods through Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, also marking the tenth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)”. The Malabo Declaration highlights Commitment to Enhancing Investment Finance, both public and private, to agriculture, and creates and enhances necessary appropriate policy and institutional conditions and support systems for facilitation of private investment in agriculture, agri-business and agro-industries, by giving priority to local investors.
The need to transform the African agri-business sector is a development challenge as it involves small-scale and family farmers who are the largest private investors into African agriculture.
Promoting innovative business models in African countries opens up new business opportunities, helps raise efficiency and advances national economic development. However, only a few agribusiness companies pursue the goal of sustainable agriculture, with a view to improving local and regional food production and trade. More analysis needs to be carried out into the successes on the ground of those companies, and into ways of upscaling them through new transformative partnerships.

The Briefing objectives are to: (i) highlight the key opportunities in agribusiness development favourable to the farmer’s organisations; (ii) promote sustainable and inclusive PPPs in support of agribusiness development; and (iii) identify new opportunities in data and ICTs in support of agribusiness and agricultural development in the continent.

This Briefing will feed into the GFIA Conference to be held in Durban on 1-3 December 2015.


Programme & Background Note

Photos

Biodata of speakers 

Additional Resources:

– Reader: In depth research document from the Brussels Development Briefings on  Agricultural Transformation in Africa,  Value Chains Finance, and Data Revolution for Agriculture

– Resources on PPP

Launch of the Food Security Portal for Africa South of the Sahara

 

*** Programme ***

Saturday 28 November

 13h00-14h45   Registration

15h00-15h15   Welcome and introductory remarks: Theo de Jager, President, PAFO; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA.

15h15-17h30 Session: Successes from farmer’s-led business  

 This session will present some of the cases of farmer’s led business which have been documented by the FOs since the last PAFO Briefing held in Nairobi in July 2014. In some cases, linkages have been made with the financial institutions. The session will also identify new opportunities to move forward this agenda.

Chair: Theo de Jager, President, PAFO

Context and achievements: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA [Presentation]
– East Africa (Oromia Coffee, Ethopia; Nucafe Coffee, Igara Tea, Kapchorwa District farmers association, Uganda; and Limuru dairy co-operative Kenya) EAFF

– West Africa (Fédération des Professionnels Agricoles du Burkina (FEPA-B) on maize; La Fédération des unions des coopératives des producteurs du Niger (FUCOPRI) on rice) ROPPA

– Central Africa (FNEC on livestock in Central Africa; ABBON on soya in Congo; Sooopmata in Cameroon for cassava) PROPAC

 Discussion

  Sunday 29 November

 9h00-11h00 Session : New opportunities for Agribusiness development

This panel will discuss the drivers of agribusiness development in EU and regional markets favourable to farmers’ organisations and new market opportunities. It will bring perspectives from policy makers, private sector and finance.

Chair: Philip Kiriro, President, EAFF

– Agricultural trade, regional integration and new opportunities for agribusiness
Mmatlou Kalaba, International Trade Economist, Pretoria University [Presentation]

– Successes from the African private sector in the development of agribusiness
Daniel Gad, Managing Director, Omega Farms & Ethiopian Horticulture Co-operative

– Regional trade and agribusiness development: the experience in the COMESA region
George Magai, Director of Trade and Markets for ACTESA, COMESA [Presentation]

– The perspective of input suppliers
Erick Rajaonary, CEO, Guanomad [Presentation|Video|Guanomad]

 Discussion

11h15-13h00 Session: New opportunities for Agribusiness development through improved financing

This panel will discuss the drivers of agribusiness development in EU and regional markets favourable to farmers’ organisations and new market opportunities. It will bring perspectives from policy makers, private sector and finance.

– Opportunities in the EU Market for agrifood products and PPPs
Francis Fay, Head of Unit for ACP Policy, European Commission/DG Agriculture and Rural Development, ACP Countries and Development Issues [Presentation]

– Financing agribusiness: new trends and opportunities
Elias Masilela,Executive Chairman, DNA Economics

– Innovative funding for agribusiness SMEs
Francois Stepman, Platform for African – European Partnership in ARD [Presentation]

14h00- 16h00 Session: Data-driven farming, Big data and Precision Agriculture 

This session will look at new opportunities offered by Big data and ICTs successful applications to farmers in various areas supporting agribusiness. The session will also map specific gaps and needs which need to be addressed for farmer‘s organisations.

Chair: Theo de Jager, President, PAFO

– Open data for agriculture: new opportunities for farmers
Andre Laperrierre, Director, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) [Presentation|GODAN]

– Precision agriculture: a reality for Smallholder farmers?
Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge management  [Presentation]

– Agriconnexions: A new ICT approach to supporting Farmers Organisation services
Getaw Tadesse, Researcher, IFPRI [Presentation|Executive Summary]

-Agricultural Data and the Food Security Portal (FSP-SSA)
Summer Allen, Research Coordinator, Markets, Trends and Institutions,  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) [Presentation|FSP-SSA]

Discussion

16h15- 17h30 Session: The way forward 

Action plan to promote Agribusiness and PPPs favourable to farmers organisations.  [Presentation]

 Conclusions and Closure


2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum: Expanding markets

November 3, 2015

Promoting regional trade and agribusiness development in the Caribbean

2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum

STRENGTHENING THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR and EXPANDING MARKETS

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Organised by CTA, IICA, CABA in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management and Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA)

Organised in the context of the Caribbean-Pacific Agri-Food Forum

5-6 November 2015, Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC)

Two Mile Hill, BB11093, Barbados

*** Don’t miss the news: check out the blog and social reporting on twitter #CPAF15, storify. Also, check out the videos and the newsletter ***

This Forum is linked to the Brussels Briefings organized by CTA, the European Commission, the ACP Group and Concord on key issues related to ARD in ACP countries. It also brings some experiences from the Caribbean through the Intra ACP Agricultural Policy Programme

As part of CTA’s work on promoting regional trade through agribusiness development, various activities have been carried out in support of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

At the ACP-EU policy level, a Brussels Development Briefing was held on Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development in July 2014 organised y CTA, the European Commission, The ACP Secretariat and Concord leading to the Private Sector Partnership Forum at SIDS Conference in Samoa.

The 1st Caribbean Agribusiness Forum was organised by CTA and IICA in the Caribbean in November 2014 on Enhancing regional trade and adding value to Caribbean agrifood products looking at the potential offered by the tourism-related markets. Subsequently a study on Agribusiness Development – Strengthening agritourism potential in the Caribbean was commissioned looking at 11 successful businesses cases in 5 countries. In 2015, a partnership has been developed with the Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA) and a joint application for and EU grant on agribusiness developed for 2015-2016.

 As a strategic partnership between CTA and the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) launched at the Samoa SIDS Conference, the 1st Pacific Agribusiness Forum organised by CTA, PIPSO and SPC was held in Fiji in July 2015 on Linking the Agrifood sector to the tourism-related markets aimed at Strengthening the agrifood sector through agribusiness development and the identification of new market opportunities. For the first time, experts from the Indian Ocean shared their experience.

The Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA), the ACP-EU Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in collaboration with key partners in the Caribbean region, are promoting agribusiness in the region at export and regional markets. They also promote successes which strengthen sustainable and inclusive development practices and link agriculture and tourism industries with the view of upscaling and replicating best cases and learn from them.

The Forum’s objectives include: (i) to promote agribusiness development in SIDS by sharing successful business cases; (ii) identify tangible opportunities in new markets; (iii) Promote linkages between the agrifood sector and the tourism industry to increase sustainable local sourcing; (iv) Identify support needed to strengthen relations between chain actors and tourism industry.

New ! articles on agribusiness in the Caribbean and the Pacific

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Programme & Background Note

Photos

Biodata of speakers

Resources

Additional materials:

BB. 37 Reader – Building resilience of SIDS through agricultural trade and agribusiness development

Capacity4Dev: Blog – Building Resilience of Small Island Economies

Interviews:

Additional media coverage: caribbean360.com ; stluciatimes.com ; caribbeannewsnow.com ; antiguatimes.com ; dtwonline.com ; lenouvelliste.com ; nowgrenada.com ; CaribVision youtube; dailypost.vu ; unitednews.sr ; caribnewsdesk.com ; bajanreporter.comiwnsvg.com ; caribnewsdesk.com ; jamaica-gleaner.com ; agricorner.com ; barbadosadvocate.com and see more via cta.int

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*** Programme ***

Thursday 5th November 2015

 8h30-9h00         Media Briefing 

9h00-9h20         Opening remarks

Mikael Barfod, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Eastern Caribbean Countries, the OECS, CARICOM and CARIFORUM; Diego Montenegro, Director of Management and Regional Integration, IICA; Vassel Stewart, President, CABA;  Michael Hailu, Director, CTA; 

 9h30-11h00 Policy Forum: Opportunities to support agribusiness in the ACP-EU cooperation instruments

 This high-level policy panel will provide the ACP-EU policy context in support of agribusiness and private sector development in SIDS and the new opportunities offered by the 11th EDF to the ACP SMEs. It will highlight the instruments facilitating trade and market access.  It will discuss regulatory issues of importance to agribusiness and new opportunities.

Moderator: Michael Hailu, Director of CTA

– Roy Mickey Joy, Ambassador of Vanuatu to the EU
– Len Ishmael, Ambassador, Eastern Caribbean States (ECS) to the EU and coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform
– Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
– Junior Lodge, Team Leader, ACP TBT Programme
– Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA)

11h15-13h00     Panel 1: Opportunities in regional and international markets
This panel will feature opportunities in the regional market and in export markets. In the regional market focus is placed on the fast food/quick service restaurant industry and in the fruits and vegetable industry, whilst in the export market focus is placed on opportunities in fresh produce market for EU and other countries for both fresh and processed foods.

Moderator: Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agri-business Association (CABA)

– Opportunities to reduce utilization of imports in the regional fast food/quick Service restaurant industry
Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agri-business Association (CABA)

– Opportunities to replace imported of fruits and vegetables in CARICOM
Jai Rampersad, Agribusiness Expert, Bunny Imports Exports Ltd., Trinidad and Tobago

– Opportunities in export markets: the case of fresh produce to Holland
Janak P. Gafar, Owner, Hilo Import, The Netherlands

– Opportunities in agribusiness for coconut products from the Pacific
Hobart Va’ai, Samoa Chamber of Commerce & Industry

– Opportunities in the EU Market for agrifood products and PPPs
Dorian Filote, International Relations Officer, European Commission/DG Agriculture and Rural Development, ACP Countries and Development Issues

– Finance opportunities in support of agribusiness
Noemi Perez, President & CEO,Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST)

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions.

  14h00-16h15    Panel 2: Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in priority industries. Strategies for scaling up

Moderator: Keith Amiel, CABA Director, Jamaica

 Opportunities in the Roots and Tubers industry
The cassava industry is considered to hold tremendous opportunities for agribusiness development in the Region. Presenters will focus on opportunities in the bakery, feed and beverage industries and strategies been implemented by the development agencies in creating the environment for the private sector to exploit these opportunities.

– Vassel Stewart, Trinidad & Tobago Agribusiness Association
R.Deep Ford, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Caribbean
– Janelle Fletcher, Production/ Product Development Manager, Armag Manufacturing, Armag Farms Ltd, Barbados
– Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator, Caribbean Farmers Network (CAFAN)

 Opportunities in Herbs and Spices
The Caribbean has always had a reputation for producing world class herbs and spices products. The herbs and spices industry has been identified as another industry for development in the region led CABA which offers renewed opportunities in added-value markets in regional and international markets.

– Winston Stona, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Busha Browne/Walkers Wood Caribbean Foods, Jamaica
– Riyad Mohammed, Manager, Baron Foods Ltd, St Lucia
– David Picking, Researcher, Natural Products Institute, University of the West Indies

 Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

 16h30-18h15     Panel 3: Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in tourism-related markets.

 Opportunities for agrifood in tourism-related markets

Moderator: Ena Harvey, IICA Representative, Barbados, Agritourism Expert
This panel will review business successes and opportunities in tourist-related markets in quality products, branding and value creation. They will highlight the model and next steps to expand the business.

– Ian McNeel, Director, Slow Food Barbados
– Terry Addlington, Managing Director, Tanna coffee, Vanuatu
– Shadel Nyack Compton, Managing Director, Belmont Estate, Grenada
– Sylvie Salanoa, Mailelani Samoa
– Keith Amiel, CABA Director, Jamaica

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

Friday 6th November 2015

  8h30-9h00         Media Briefing

9h00-10h30       Panel 3: Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in tourist-related markets (cont’d).

Opportunities for fisheries in tourism-related markets
This session will show various models and new opportunities of linkages between the fisheries and tourism sectors based on successes in export and regional markets. It will highlight new markets and innovative products with value added.

Moderator: Milton Haughton, Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

– Keith Andre, Business owner and Skipper/fisherman, Seychelles
– Jimi Jones, Jimsan Aquaponice Farm, Belize
– James Ince, Spice Isle Seafood, Grenada
– Paul Christian Ryan, Managing Director/ Owner at Vate Ocean Gardens Ltd., Pacific
– Bernard Monnaie, Head of Business Program, University of Seychelles
– Iris Monnereau, Centre for Resource Management and Environment Studies, University of West Indies, Barbados

 10h45-13h00 Panel 4: Chefs for Development: The link between agriculture & cuisine
There is a need to upgrade farmers supply chains to larger hotels and resorts, stimulate demand of local products and its use by chefs who can promote ways to more creatively utilize local produce by the hospitality sector. Experience of Chefs from the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean in sourcing with local farmers and promoting local cuisine will be presented. The food tourism industry will also be discussed as a major economic sector worldwide and for the region.

Moderator: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

 – Trends and opportunities in food tourism and gastronomy
Erik Wolff, President, World Food Travel Association (WFTA)

Panel:

– Robert Oliver, Chef, author and television presenter of Real Pasifik, Pacific
– Dora Rossi, Paddles Restaurant, Samoa
– Alberta Vitale, Associate Director, Women in Business Dev. (WIBDI), Samoa
– Stephan Berrouet Durand,  Executive Chef, President, Haitian Culinary Alliance
– Dane Saddler, Executive Chef, Caribbean Villa Chefs, Barbados
– Chef Henderson Butcher, DIVI Southwinds, Barbados Culinary Team
– Chef Peter Edey, Barbados
– Richard Mathiot, Executive Chef, Seychelles

 Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

 14h00-15h30     Panel 5: Data-driven agribusiness and maximizing use of ICTs
This panel will discuss business data needed and used by producers, SMEs and agribusiness and the use of new opportunities offered by ICTs. Some insights on the role of open data and new technologies to acquire data will be shared as well as linking to the role of mobile applications to use and build new data sources.

Moderator: Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge Management

– Vassel Stewart, President, CABA
– Alison DeGraff,  Participatory GIS, University of West Indies
– Bheshem Ramlal, Open Data, University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
– Matthew Mc Naughton, Slashroots, Trinidad and Tobago
– Leonard Seale, Secretary and Marketing Officer, Addis Alem cooperative, Barbados
– Guy Morel, Principal Consultant,  SGM and Partners Consulting and  Jose Guerreio, Deputy Director Extension Services, Seychelles
– Alisi Tuqa, Programme Officer, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), Fiji

 Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

 15h45-17h00 Scaling Up Session
|This final session will look at realizing the potential of PPPs and agribusiness development through a common agenda for action and exploit the opportunities which would have been identified.

– Vassel Stewart, President, CABA
– Ena Harvey, IICA Representative, Barbados, Agritourism Expert
– Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge Management
– Ken Lohento, Coordinator, Youth and ICTs

17h00   Closure

– Diego Montenegro, Director of Management and Regional Integration, IICA
– Dorian Filote, International Relations Officer, European Commission/DG Agriculture and Rural Development, ACP Countries and Development Issues
– Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

 


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