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]

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




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