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]

Caribbean Regional Briefing: Enhancing regional trade & Adding value to Caribbean agrifood products

November 14, 2014

The Caribbean Regional Briefing took place from 16 – 18 November 2014 in Grenada. The event, which was organised by CTA, in collaboration with the IICA , was in the format of an Agribusiness Forum, along the theme of “Enhancing regional trade and adding value to Caribbean agrifood products

Background Note
Biodata of the Speakers
Biodata of the Chefs
ACP Secretariat Press Release

We invite you to watch the webstream recordings of the the Caribbean Agribusiness Forum from

- Monday 17th November

- Tuesday 18th November



Fighting against IUU: Successes from ACP countries

October 8, 2014

The last Brussels Development Briefing on “Fighting against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU): Successes from ACP countries” took place Monday, 27 October 2014 (8h45-13h00) at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels (451 Avenue Georges Henri, room C).

IUU is a major challenge and concern for ACP countries, a number of which have faced sanctions under the EU’s IUU Regulation.

The Briefing focused on the successful cooperation, engagement and initiatives undertaken by a number of ACP countries with key partners, notably the European Commission, in order to combat IUU and regain market access for their fisheries products into the EU market.

This Briefing was meant to be a follow-up to the 2009 Briefing organised by CTA on “Fighting against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing: Impacts and challenges for ACP countries” in order to measure the progress achieved in fighting IUU.

The speakers, who included high-level IUU experts, policy makers and industry representatives from ACP and EU, NGO’s and academia, presented the developments and successes on combating IUU.

Extra materials:

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

Programme and Background Note 
Biodata of the speakers
Resources: Sources on IUU; Glossary and Acronyms on IUU; Websites on IUU

Presentation and videos:

Introduction and Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]
Introductory remarksHon. Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Secretary General, ACP Secretariat [video]; Cesar Deben, Principal Adviser, DG Mare, European Commission [video]; Michael Hailu, Director CTA [video]

Panel 1: What do we know about IUU fishing in ACP countries?

This panel will review the situation in fighting IUU in ACP regions, progress done and challenges ahead. It will provide an update of the implementation of the EC legislation on IUU

Chair: H.E. Mr. Roy Mickey Joy, Ambassador of Vanuatu [video]

  • Global trends in Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing: what do we know?
    Professor Martin Tsamenyi,Professor of Law, Director, The Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong [Video|Presentation|Summary]
  • Update on the implementation of the EU Regulation to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing
    Cesar Deben, Principal Adviser, DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission [Video]
  • Overview of IUU fishing in Africa: trends, successes and challenges ahead
    Emmanuel Kaunda, Professor & Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Bunda Campus Malawi [Video|Presentation|Summary]
  • Scope of IUU fishing in the Caribbean
    Milton Haughton, Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism [Video|Presentation|Summary]
  • Overview of the IUU fishing in the Pacific: policy, legislation and practice
    Moses Amos, Director of Fisheries, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) [Video|Presentation|Summary]

Questions and Answers, panel 1.

Panel 2: Successes in fighting IUU from ACP countries

Successful experiences will be shared from ACP countries on complying with the EC Regulation to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU and regain market access. The drivers of success will be discussed and lessons learned for other countries facing the same challenges.

Chair: H.E. Mr. Hanno Rumpf, Ambassador of Namibia, Chair of the ACP Working Group on Fisheries [video]

  •  Successes in fighting IUU Fishing: the case of Fiji
    Inoke Udolu Wainiqolo, Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Government of Fiji [Video|Presentation|Summary]
  • Successes in fighting IUU Fishing: the case of Belize
    Robert Robinson, Deputy Director, Belize High Seas Fisheries Unit, Ministry of Finance [Video|Presentation|Summary]
  • The case of Ghana: sharing challenges in implementing the legislation to combat IUU fishing
    Professor Martin Tsamenyi, Director, ANCORS [Video|Presentation|Summary]
  • Efforts of Guinea in fighting IUU fishing
    Aliou Diallo, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Guinea [Video|Presentation|Summary]
  •  Successes in fighting IUU: the perspective form the civil society
    Olivier Laboulle, West Africa Project Coordinator, Environmental Justice Foundation, UK  [Video|Presentation|Summary]

Questions and Answers, panel 2.

Webstreaming : Watch the Brussels Briefing live here.


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