Latest Briefing: 41. “Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships”

April 30, 2015

Webstreaming : you can watch a live recording of this Briefing here.

The Brussels Development Briefing n.41 on the subject of “Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships” was held in Brussels from 09h00-13h00 (proceeded by lunch 13h00-14h00) on 20th May 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C).

Malnutrition and undernutrition : a burden for many ACP countries

Malnutrition affects one in two people on the planet. Of these, 162 million children under the age of five are estimated to be stunted (i.e. low height for age). Two billion people are estimated to be deficient in one or more micronutrients. Nearly 1.5 billion people are estimated to be overweight and over 500 million to be obese. These conditions all have severe consequences for survival, for morbidity, and for the ability of individuals, the economy and society to thrive. In relation to the scale that these problems imply, the allocation of public resources to their prevention and amelioration is minuscule. Resources to specific nutrition programmes amount to a small fraction of one per cent of domestic or aid budgets.

Undernutrition in early life can have devastating and life-long consequences for physical growth as well as cognitive and social development. Undernutrition remains one of the major challenges in low-income countries. The consequences of undernutrition in early childhood are especially devastating and can lead to lifelong physical and mental impairments. In May 2012, health leaders worldwide adopted the Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Plan at the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA). This includes committing to reduce the number of stunted children in the world by 40 per cent by 2025. Under existing assump­tions, projections from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF show that the world is not on track to meet any of the six WHA nutrition targets. Globally, little progress is being made in decreasing rates for anemia, low birth weight, wasting in children under age five, and over­weight in children under age five. Progress in increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates has been similarly lackluster. More progress has been made in reducing stunting rates in children under five, but not enough to meet the global target under current projections.

Malnutrition is either directly or indirectly responsible for approximately half of all deaths worldwide.Poor nutrition and calorie deficiencies cause nearly one in three people to die prematurely or have disabilities (WHO). Each year about 10.9 million children younger than age five in developing countries die, and 60 percent of these deaths result from malnutrition and hunger-related diseases (WFP 2010). Moreover, millions of people suffer from serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Hunger and malnutrition have effects that last throughout the life cycle, with poorly nourished children growing up to be less healthy and productive than they could be. Girls who do not get the nutrition they need become undernourished women who then give birth to the next generation of undernourished children.

New! on the subject of Nutrition. Below you will find the programme of the event, photos, the presentations of the speakers, as well as other useful information:

Background Note andProgramme

Photos  (coming soon)
Biodata of Speakers
Resources & Glossary

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General – Sustainable Economic Development and Trade – of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP); Klaus Rudischauser, Deputy Director-General Policy and Thematic Coordination, European Commission/Europaid; John McDermott, Director IFPRI-Led CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH); Michael Hailu, Director, CTA

Panel 1: Enhancing nutrition: a multi-sectoral approach

This panel will review the key challenges and opportunities for enhanced nutrition of relevance to the agricultural sector in ACP countries and the lessons learned from research and practice.


-Overview of undernutrition & malnutrition: what do we know, what have we learned?

Marie Ruel, Director, Division Poverty, Health and Nutrition, IFPRI  [Presentation|Video]

– Initiatives at international level: The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)

Tom Arnold, Interim SUN Movement Coordinator a.i., Ireland  [Presentation|Video]

-Support partner countries in attaining their nutrition goals: the National Information Platforms for Nutrition Initiative

Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food & Nutrition Security, EC  [Presentation|Video]

-Key findings of the global nutrition report: improved accountability and ownership

Lawrence Haddad, Senior Researcher, IFPRI [Presentation|Video]

-The role of CSOs in support of nutrition: field experience

Stineke Oenema, Co-chair of the working group on food security, Concord [Presentation|Video]

Panel 2: Best practices in addressing nutrition challenges

This panel will look at examples and drivers of successes in nutrition programmes at national level. It will also highlight successes in sustainable partnerships and PPPs and the key role of the private sector.


-Successes in country leadership and ownership in addressing nutrition challenges

Robinah Mulenga Kwofie, Executive Director, National Food and Nutrition Commission, Zambia  [Presentation|Video]

– Successes in PPPs and the role of the private sector in support of nutrition

Fokko Wientjes, Vice-President Corporate Sustainability & Public Private Partnerships, DSM [Presentation|Video]

– Drivers of success in biortification: the case of Iron-biofortified beans in Rwanda

Lister Katsvairo, Country Manager, HarvestPlus, Rwanda  [Presentation|Video]

Examples of nutrition support through community participation and action

Rose Ndolo, Senior Child Nutrition & FS Programmes Adviser, World Vision UK  [Presentation|Video]

-Best practices in measuring impact of agriculture on nutrition

Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Nutrition Officer, ESNP, FAO  [Presentation|Video]


Networking Lunch

Latest Brussels Briefing – Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?

January 26, 2015

Webstreaming : you can watch a live recording of the Briefing here

The Brussels Development Briefing n.40 on the subject of “Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?” was held in Brussels on 18th February 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Bruxelles, Room C).

The explosion of digital data offers new technological opportunities for enhancing agricultural development; it has also become a key asset for all economies in the world. By looking at significant trends, approaches and experiences in using open data for food and nutrition security, this Briefing shall shed light on the impacts of the global data revolution for agriculture.

The increasing volume of real-time data represents both a challenge and an opportunity for developing countries, and in particular, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).  Harnessing the opportunities offered by this new digital landscape of open data systems shall be crucial: to meet acute data gaps throughout the value chain; to collect reliable data and statistics; to accurately plan and influence policies and interventions; to benefit from private-public partnerships, especially in the food industry; to inform  global development efforts, donor decisions, and policy.

The audience of 155 key stakeholders includes ACP-EU policy makers, regional organizations, representatives of EU Member States, European Commission services, Members of the European Parliament, private sector, civil society groups, European research and development practitioners and international organizations.

Newon the subject of Data for Agriculture

Below you will find the programme of the event, photos, the presentations of the speakers, as well as other useful information:

Background Note and  Programme 
Biodata of speakers
Resources & Glossary
ICT UpdateData Revolution for Agriculture

Capacity4Dev feature on Agriculture’s Data Revolution:

Introductory remarks Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Secretary-General [Opening remarks|Video], ACP Secretariat; Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit DEVCO/C1, Food security, rural development, nutrition EuropeAid, European Commission [Video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA  [Opening remarks|Video]

Panel 1: The Data revolution: from data collection to real-time digital data
This panel will review the key challenges and opportunities for data revolution of relevance to the agricultural sector in ACP countries and the lessons learned from various information systems. [Full Video]


– What could the data revolution bring to agriculture in ACP countries?
Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge management,  [Presentation|Summary|Video] Isolina Boto, CTA [Video]

– Data for Development: Evidence and Policy
Morten Jerven, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– Can data revolution improve food security?
Maximo Torero, Division Director of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) [Presentation |Summary|Video]

– Strengthening statistical capacity in ACP countries: lessons learned
Pietro Gennari, Chief Statistician and Director FAO Statistics Division  [Presentation|Summary|Video]

Panel 2: New opportunities for agriculture in the data revolution
This panel will look at examples and drivers of successes related to data for agricultural development and how those could be expanded, upscaled and replicated. [Full video]


– Introduction [Video]

– Open data for Africa and the Africa Information Highway (AIH)
Adam Abdoulaye, Expert, Statistical Capacity Building Division, African Development Bank [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– How can farmer’s organizations benefit from ICTs application to agriculture?
Theo de Jager, President, Panafrican Famers Organisation and President Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– Data for improved sustainable value chains
Herman uit de Bosch, Executive Director, FairMatch Support, The Netherlands  [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– Precision agriculture in Africa: What are challenges and opportunities ahead?
Ulrich Adam, EU Secretary General at CEMA – European Agricultural Machinery  [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– How governments can use open data for the benefit of ACP countries
Stéphane Boyera, Founder and CEO of SBC4  [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– Open \ Data and Improved Land Governance: the case of Landportal.Info
Magdalena Anna Kropiwnicka, Food and Climate Consulting, Landportal.Info [Presentation|Summary|Video]

Latest Brussels Briefing: Global food systems, local impact: the role of agribusiness and development partnerships in advancing African agriculture

November 18, 2014

The latest Brussels Development Briefing on “Global food systems, local impact: the role of agribusiness and development partnerships in advancing African agriculture” took place Tuesday 25th November 2014 (9h-13h) at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, room C).

The transformation of the African agri-business sector is a key challenge to achieve food security and economic development. A differentiated approach to partnerships, based on the development of competitive local private sectors, is essential to boosting agricultural development in Africa.

In this context, the objective of this Brussels Briefing is to discuss strategies and approaches for harnessing the potential of development partnerships with the private sector to catalyse market development and productivity in African countries.

The outcome of this meeting should be a better understanding of the needs and constraints of the local agricultural sector and strengthen linkages between private sector and development cooperation. At the European level, the meeting would contribute to the development of a framework for dialogue and effective joint action with the private sector.

Speakers will include the European Commisison (DG Agri and  DG Devco), the Farmers organizations (SACAU), some EU agribusiness groups operating in Africa, European Investment Bank, BMZ, AUC.

Webstreaming : it is possible to watch a recording of the Brussels Briefing here.

Programme and Background Note
Reader:  Agricultural Transformation in Africa | Value Chains Finance
Biodata of the speakers
Resources on PPP

Introduction and Opening of the Briefing Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [Video]
Introductory remarks: Achille Bassilekin, Assistant Secretary-General  Sustainable Economic Development, ACP Secretariat [Video]; Monique Pariat, Deputy Director-General, DG Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission [Video]; Marc Nolting, Head of Division for Development Policy, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU in Brussels [Video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA [Video]

Panel 1: Setting the scene: agribusiness and PPPs in Africa
This panel will review sharing of experiences and lessons learned from public-private partnerships (PPPs) and multi-stakeholder alliances that aim at accelerating investments and transformative change in African agriculture based on national and regional agricultural and trade priorities.

– Introduction: Isolina Boto [Video]

Chair: H.E.  Ambassador Assomption Frédéric Korsaga, Burkina Faso [Video]


– Overview of agribusiness in Africa: trends, new opportunities & alternative investment models
Hafiz Mirza, Chief, Investment Issues Section, UNCTAD  [Presentation|Executive Summary|Video]
– EU Development Cooperation models with the private sector: An overview
Wilhelm Elfring, Consultant to the EU-working group private sector development in agriculture [Presentation|Executive Summary|Video]
– Main financing mechanisms which strengthen local/regional production and trade
Heike Rüttgers, Head of Division Portfolio Management & Policy ACP, Investment Facility, European Investment Bank [Presentation|Video]
– Increased role for farmer’s organizations on agribusiness and PPPs
Theo de Jager, President, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) [Presentation|Video]

– Panel 1: Debate [ Video ]

Panel 2: Scaling up successes through transformative partnerships
This panel will look at specific examples of inclusive business models in specific sectors and value chains where significant successes have happened and analysis of drivers of success.

ChairProfessor Eric Tollens, Chair of the CTA Executive Board [ Video ]

– Inclusive partnerships to be scaled up in post-2015 agenda
Eugenia Serova, Director, Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division, FAO [Presentation|Executive Summary|Video]
– Innovative platform to advance agribusiness in the development of African agriculture
Henri A. Minnaar, Senior Programme Advisor: NEPAD Business Foundation, Agriculture & Food Security Programme [Presentation|Video]
– Successes from the African private sector in the development of agribusiness
Daniel Gad, Managing Director, Omega Farms & Ethiopian Horticulture Co-operative [Presentation|Video]
– Linking agribusiness and supporting sustainable development partnerships in Africa
Martin Märkl, Senior Sustainable Development Manager, BayerCropScience [Presentation|Video]
– PPPs: Upscaling agribusiness successes in Africa
Karl Schebesta. Chief, UNIDO Agri-busines Development Unit  [Presentation|Executive Summary|Video]

– Panel 2: Debate [Video]


–  Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit “Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition”, EuropeAid, European Commission  [Video]
– Michael Hailu, Director, CTA  [Video]


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