The Brussels Development Briefing no. 51 on ”Agriculture as an engine of economic reconstruction and development in fragile countries ” took place on 27 June 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels. This Briefing was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD.

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Background Note




Biodata of the speakers


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08h00-09h00      Registration

09h00-09h15      Introduction to the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant-Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat [video] ; Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit, Devco C1, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission [video] ; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [video]

09h15-11h00     Panel 1: Fragility and its implications for agriculture

This panel shared concepts and approaches to fragility, lessons learned from selected countries and the implications for the agricultural sector and the rural communities.


  • What have we learned about fragile states: challenges and opportunities
    James Putzel, Dept International Development, London School of Economics, UK [presentation|video]
  • Agriculture as a way to bridge the humanitarian–development–peace divide in fragile contexts
    Rajendra K. Aryal, Senior Programme Advisor, Resilience Building, FAO [presentation|video]
  • Investments in Agricultural private sector in conflict-affected or post-conflict countries
    Alexandros Ragoussis, Economist, Thought Leadership, Economics and Private Sector
    Development, IFC, World Bank Group [video]

Panel 1: Questions and Answers [video]

11h00-11h15 Coffee Break 

11h15-13h00     Panel 2:  Successful practices in agriculture in fragile countries

This panel shared successes from the field from selected fragile countries highlighting sustainable practices  in production and market development and positive impact at local level.


  • Connecting farmers to markets in fragile countries : Successes and lessons learned
    Bing Zhao, P4P Director and Global Coordinator, World Food Programme [video]
  • Farmers’ Organisations: a social and economic force in a context of chronic instability
    Annick Sezibera, Executive Secretary, CAPAD, Burundi
  •  Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience building: the case of South Sudan
    Harma Rademaker, Programme Manager, Cordaid, The Netherlands [presentation|video]
  • Building resilience to mitigate the effects of future shocks in the agricultural sector in Somalia
    Katharine Downie, Head, Data Quality Assurance, M&E & Innovation, Worldvision, Somalia [presentation|video]

Panel 2: Questions and Answers [video]

Closing remarks [video]

13h00     Light Lunch


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