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 (coming soon)

Biodata of speakers  (coming soon)


*** 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
– 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


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


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
– 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)
– Precision agriculture: a reality for Smallholder farmers?
Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge management
– Agriconnexions: A new ICT approach to supporting Farmers Organisation services
Getaw Tadesse, Researcher, IFPRI
-Agricultural Data and the Food Security Portal
Summer Allen, Research Coordinator, Markets, Trends and Institutions,  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


16h15- 17h30 Session: The way forward 

Action plan to promote Agribusiness and PPPs favourable to farmers organisations.

 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


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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


Programme & Background Note


Biodata of speakers


Additional materials:

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

Capacity4Dev: Blog – Building Resilience of Small Island Economies


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*** Programme ***

Thursday 5th November

Opening remarks and Formal openingMichael Hailu, Director, CTA; Víctor M. Villalobos, Director General IICA; Vassel Stewart, President, CABA.

Panel 1. 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)

Panel 2. 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 in the Canadian market 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

Shivan Rampersad, CEO, Bunny Imports Exports Ltd., Trinidad and Tobago

– Opportunities to export 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

– Development, ACP Countries and Development Issues Opportunities in the EU Market

Dorian Filote, International Relations Officer, European Commission/DG Agriculture and Rural

– 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.

Panel 3 : Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in priority industries. Strategies for scaling up

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.

Moderator: Keith Amiel, CABA Director, Jamaica


– Vassel Stewart, Trinidad & Tobago Agribusiness Association

– J.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 herbs and spices industry has been identified as another industry for development and the co-ordination of the sector strategy is been led by CABA. The Caribbean has always have a reputation for producing world class herbs and spices products.


– Winston Stona, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Busha Browne/Walkers Wood Caribbean Foods, Jamaica – Riyad Mohammed, Manager, Baron Foods Ltd, St Lucia – Glendine Greaves, CEO, Star Trading, Barbados

– Riyad Mohammed, Manager, Baron Foods Ltd, St Lucia

– Glendine Greaves, CEO, Star Trading, Barbados

– Andrea Fleming, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA)

Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in tourism-related markets

Opportunities for fisheries in tourism-related markets

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


– Keith Andre, Business owner and Skipper/fisherman, Seychelles

– Jimi Jones, Jimsan Aquaponice Fram, Belize – James Ince, Spice Isle Seafood, Grenada

– 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

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

Chefs Table Dinner The Chefs Table Dinner is organized by the Barbados Tourism Association, IICA and CTA and is linked to the Chefs for Development initiative aimed at promoting local cuisine through increased local sourcing and strengthened linkages between Chefs and local food industry. Here is the summary of the Chef’s activities.

Friday 6th November 2015

Media Briefing (Room: LESC Media Room)

Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in tourist-related markets (cont’d)

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.


– John Hunte, President Organic Growers and Consumers Association (OGCA)

– 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

Panel 4: Chefs for Development: The missing link between agriculture and 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)


– Robert Oliver, Chef, author and television presenter of Real Pasifik, Pacific

– Rainal Sahai, Group Development Chef, Fiji

– 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

Dora Rossi, Paddles Restaurant, Samoa

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

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

– Ramlal Bheshem, Open Data, University of West Indies

– Matthew Mc Naughton, Slashroots

– Troy Weekes, Addis Alem cooperative, Barbados

– Guy Morel, Principal Consultant, SGM and Partners Consulting and Jose Guerreio, Deputy Director Extension Services, Seychelles

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

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.

Saturday 7th November

The Chefs: Linking Agriculture, tourism and cuisine – Programme


– Caribbean Culinary Alliance, Ena Harvey, IICA

– Chefs for Development for SIDS, Isolina Boto, CTA

Chair: Vassel Stewart, CABA

Moderator: Roxanne Waithe, Agrotourism Specialist, IICA

A Food Tourism Strategy for the Caribbean Region

Ena Harvey, IICA Agrotourism Specialist and Bonita Morgan, CTO

– Key factors in the establishment of a sustainable Culinary Alliance for the Caribbean Region and across SIDS

Michelle Smith-Mayers, BHTA

– Youth and careers in the Culinary Sector – Junior Chef Competitions in Barbados and the Caribbean

Peter Edey, Chef

– Experiences in linking cuisine with local culture

Robert Oliver, Chef, Pacific

– Chef from Seychelles

Richard Mathiot, Executive Chef, Seychelles

– Barbados Agricultural Society / Organic Growers and Producers Association

A Farmers’ Perspective on supplying the local hotel and supermarket sector

– Slow Food Chef Alliance

Rhea Gilkes, Slow Food Barbados Chef

Latest Brussels Briefing: Emerging donors & rising powers in ACP agriculture

October 9, 2015

The Brussels Briefing on the subject of “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” took place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 from 9:00h to 13:00h at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C ).

The Briefing discussed the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance South-South and Triangular cooperation. The Briefing : i) reviewed successes and the lessons learned from research and practice; ii) promoted the exchange of information on best practices and drivers of success; iii) fed into the debate various perspectives on policy options. It reviewed the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice. It looked at examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the ACP.

Trade between Africa and non-African developing countries grew from USD 283 billion in 2008, to USD 595 billion a year by 2012   and developing countries’ exports to Africa have increased in the last 15 years from 26 to 43 per cent, while their imports from Africa have grown from 33 to 50 per cent.   This year’s African Economic Outlook considers Africa’s surge in relations with “emerging partners”, who now sit at the top tables of economic decision making alongside “traditional partners” from Europe and North America.

New! on the subject of South-South & triangular cooperation


Programme & Background Note

Reader (coming soon)


Highlights (coming soon)

Biodata of speakers

Resources & Glossary

Video of the Briefing


– CIRAD and CTA. 2015. “The emerging countries in Africa south of the Sahara in the agricultural sector. Analysis of trade relations” Report no. 1/6

– CIRAD and CTA. 2015. “Synthèse des quatre études de cas sur les interventions de la Chine dans le secteur agricole en Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopie, Sénégal et Togo” Report no. 2/6[FR]


Introduction: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

Introductory remarks: Patrick.I. Gomes, Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States; Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit DEVCO/C1, Food security, rural development, nutrition EuropeAid, European Commission; Jean-Cyril Dagallier, Scientific Directorate, CIRAD; Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

Panel 1: South-South and triangular cooperation: what do we know?

This panel reviewed the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice.

– Is there a Chinese cooperation model in agricultural sector in sub Saharan Africa?

Jean-Jacques Gabas, Senior Researcher, CIRAD [Presentation]

– Cooperation between Brazil and Africa on agriculture : best practices

Erich Schaitza, Expert, EMBRAPA, Brazil [Presentation]

– Working with China in the Pacific: prospects for trilateral cooperation

Denghua Zhang, Researcher, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Programme, Coral Bell School, Australian National University [Presentation]

– Triangular cooperation and PPPs : the key role of the private sector

Jéremy Rubel, Senior Consultant. Gannibal Consulting, France [Presentation]


Panel 2: Best approaches and partnerships in South-South cooperation

This panel looked at examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the ACP.

– Food Purchase Programme (PAA) in support of Food and nutrition security

Vincent Martin, FAO Representative, Senegal [Presentation]

– Best practices in South-South and triangular cooperation with Mexico

Carlos Cortés Zea, Expert, Mexico [Presentation]

– Triangular cooperation in support of conservation agriculture

Saidi Mkomwa, Executive Secretary, African Conservation Tillage Network, Kenya [Presentation]

– East-Africa-India cooperation : new opportunities for farmers in ICTs

Paul Thangatta, EAFF, Kenya [Presentation]

– South-South cooperation in the cashew industry in Africa

Mary Adzanyo, Director Private Sector Development, GIZ, (ACi), Burkina Faso [Presentation]


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