The Brussels Development Briefing n.60 on “The future of food and agricultural transformation” organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat and CONCORD was held on Wednesday 26 February 2020 (9h00-13h00) at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels.

The briefing presented trends and discussed the sustainable and healthy food systems, the future of work in agriculture and the need for new skills in very complex food chains, the effects of disruptive innovations, fair and inclusive value chains and trade.

The audience was made up of ACP-EU policy-makers and representatives of the EU Member States, civil society groups, research networks and development practitioners, the private sector and international organisations based in Brussels as well as representatives from ACP regional organisations.

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Note and Programme

Biodata of Speakers



 09h00-09h15     Introduction to the Briefing:  Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office and Coordinator of the Briefings

Introductory remarks: Patrick Gomes, Secretary General, ACP Secretariat; Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, Devco C1, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [video]

09h15-11h15     Panel  on the future of food and agriculture

Chair: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office and Coordinator of the Briefings [video]

– Trends and critical issues to look forward: Food systems in motion
Patrick Caron, Co-President Foresight4Food, Vice-President University of Montpellier, Cirad [presentation|video]

– Incentivizing food systems transformation through innovations
Sean de Cleene, Head of Food Systems Initiative and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum [video]

– Partnerships for transforming the world’s food system
Fabrice DeClerck, EAT Science Director & Scientist of the Alliance of Bioversity & CIAT [presentation|video]

– Farmers and food systems: What future for small-scale agriculture
Elizabeth Nsimadala, President, Panafrican Farmers Organisation [presentation|video]

 11h15-11h30    Coffee Break

 11h30-12h45     Panel  on the future of food and agriculture (cont.)

 – What agrifood challenges and opportunities ahead for Small-Island Developing States?
Len Ishmael, Advisor, Global Affairs Brussels Diplomatic Academy; Vrije Universiteit Brussels; Visiting Professor at the Mohammed VI University, Morocco [presentation|video]

– Farmer-led food systems at the core of agricultural transformation
Marissa Ryan, Global Deputy Director of Advocacy, Head of Oxfam EU [presentation|video]

12h45-13h00   Q & A; debate with the experts, contributions from the audience [video]

Concluding remarks [video]

13h00  Lunch

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