36th Briefing on Realising the Promise of Agriculture for Africa’s Transformation

March 19, 2014

The last Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Realising the Promise of Agriculture for Africa’s Transformation’, took place on the morning of Friday 4 April 2014, at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. This 36th Briefing was timed to coincide with the 4th Africa-EU Summit, and the panel was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission and the AU Commission.

The panel, which was composed of a stellar cast of speakers representing governments, farmers’ organisations, the private sector, development partners and academia,  discussed the opportunities for investment in African agriculture and the importance of building partnerships which will increase productivity and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. They were joined by over 200 participants who contributed to the debate by asking questions,  making presentations and tweeting about the Briefing.

A webstream recording of the Briefing is available by clicking on this link.


35th Briefing on Finance for agri-value chains

March 6, 2014

The last Brussels Development Briefing on the ‘Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains’ was held on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the ACP Secretariat, in Brussels. It was organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord.
More than 140 participants discussed key role of finance for value chain development and emphasized the innovations in financial instruments and service.
The Briefing looked at finance as a key driver for value chain development and discussed the concept of agricultural value chain finance, new opportunities for financiers, and the new context of value chain finance in Africa – including the development of ICTs that support innovative applications. It examined the innovations in financial instruments and services and presented concrete examples of more current applications on the ground which demonstrate the potential of value chain finance for shaping African agriculture.
In case you have missed it, the video recording is available here. On the page of the 35th Briefing, you may find the full programme of the event, a background research, the presentations of the speakers, the photos taken during the panels, as well as other useful information.
This event marked the 35th edition of the Brussels Development Briefings – a regular event organized in Brussels by CTA – in collaboration with the European Commission, the ACP Group, and other partners – on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation.


The 5th Haiti Briefing on value chains finance

February 27, 2014

As part of the decentralisation of the Brussels Development Briefings and support to most vulnerable countries, Haiti held the 5th national Briefing on “Value chains finance, an opportunity for the economic development of Haiti” at Port-au-Prince, on Thursday 27 February 2014.
Thomas Jacques, the Minister of Agriculture and Raphaël Brigandi, Political Affairs & Communications Manager for the European Union Delegation was present to celebrate the first anniversary of the Briefings in Haiti. Lamon Rutten, Manager of Policies, Value Chains and ICTs spoke for CTA through video. The first national Briefing on “Building resilience in the face of crisis and shocks” was held on 27 February 2013. The three following Briefings were held in July, September and December of the same year.
This fifth briefing was linked to the last Brussels Development Briefing on “Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains”, that was held on Wednesday 5 March 2014  (http://brusselsbriefings.net) and to the CTA and AFRACA conference on the same subject, which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, later this year.
The national briefings include themes from the Brussels Development Briefings, which are of interest to Haiti. They look into a specific theme from a national perspective and create awareness about questions linked to agriculture in Haiti.
They are fully organized at the local level, by PROMODEV, the Ministry of Agriculture and other development partners. Farmer’s organizations from various regions of the country are represented in the discussion, and a special emphasis is put on involving the media in the discussions as a way to inform them on key priorities for rural development.
Visit www.promodev.ht and www.haitibriefings.net for more information. Download the programme here.


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