The Brussels Development Briefing on the Drivers of success for agricultural transformation in Africa’ was held on 2nd of October 2013, at the Borschette Congress Center in Brussels.

More than 100 participants discussed successes and shared lessons from the agricultural transformation in Africa, by emphasizing its impact on the livelihood of the people and its key role for the growth of the economies of the continent.

The event consisted of two different parts. The first provided an overview of the potential of agriculture in Africa as an engine for growth and sustainable development. It showed the positive trends and the needed drivers for sustained growth and inclusiveness. The second panel presented proven actions in African agriculture and best PPPs practices based on the successes of CAADP in the last 10 years. It highlighted successes which can be upscaled and/or replicated.

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Programme and Background Note

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Biodata of the speakers

Video registration of the Briefing


Introductory remarks
Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General Policy and Thematic Coordination, DG DEVCO, European Commission [Video]; Martin Bwalya, Head of the NEPAD/CAADP [Video]; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [Video]

Panel 1: Agriculture: a driving force for economic and social transformation in Africa

Chair: H.E. Mary M. Muchada, Ambassador of Zimbabwe [Video]

– African agriculture in a changing global context: lessons learned
Steve Wiggins, Researcher, Agricultural Development and Policy Programme, ODI [Video|Presentation|Summary]

– Catalyzing Agricultural performance as a force for economic and social transformation
Martin Bwalya, Head of the NEPAD Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme [Video|Presentation]

– Job creation and entrepreneurship development in rural/farming communities
Ms Charity Mariene, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of Kenya [Video|Presentation|Summary]

– Financing African agriculture: perspective from the private sector financing institutions
Hans Balyamujura, Co-Founder/CEO, Zed Group Limited – Africa, Absa [Video|Presentation|Summary]

– Panel 1 Debate  [Video]

Panel 2: Proven successes, best practices in African Agriculture

Chair: Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit/Food security, DG DEVCO, European Commission [Video]

– Successes in agriculture and structural transformation in Africa
Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute [Video|Presentation|Summary]

– Monitoring the progress of Maputo commitments towards agriculture in West Africa
Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA, West Africa [Video|Presentation]

– Domestic private sector engaging in agricultural-based PPPs: success factors
Nana Osei-Bonsu, CEO, Private Enterprise Federation, Ghana [Video|Presentation|Summary]

– Leveraging private investments in African agriculture
Ruth Rawling,  Vice President of Public Affairs for Cargill Europe [Video|Summary]

– Panel 2 Debate [Video]

Concluding remarks [Video]

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