The Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Realising the Promise of Agriculture for Africa’s Transformation’, was held during 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 being organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission and the AU Commission.

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Programme and Background Note




Biodata of the speakers 



Opening of the Briefing
Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office & Patricia Amira, Master of Ceremonies  [Video]

Introductory remarks
  H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy & Agriculture, African Union [Video]; Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, DG Europaid, European Commission [Video]; Achille Bassilekin, Assistant Secretary-General  Sustainable Economic Development, ACP Secretariat [Video]; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA  [Video]

Special guest: Hon. Dr. Abdallah O. Kigoda, Minister of Industry and Trade, Tanzania [Video]

Panel: Africa’s transformation cannot happen without agriculture
The panelists shareed various perspectives on the important role that agriculture plays in the continent’s economic and social development through increased productivity, improved trade and smart partnerships.


– Main drivers for African agriculture and structural transformation
Ousmane Badiane, Director of Africa, IFPRI [Video]

– Catalyzing Agricultural performance for the continent through improved partnerships
Abebe Haile Gabriel, Director of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union [Video]

– Zero hunger, zero malnutrition: what does it imply?
Paulus Verschuren, Special Envoy for Food and Nutrition Security, The Netherlands [Video]

– New momentum for leveraging private investments in African agriculture
Joergen Ole Haslestad, CEO, YARA [Video]

– Linking farmers to agribusiness for job creation and entrepreneurship development
Theo de Jager, President, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions [Video]

– Efficient and sustainable supply dairy chains for improved nutrition and health
Frank van Ooijen, Director Sustainability, FrieslandCampina  [Video]

– The role of African private sector in the development of agribusiness
Daniel Gad, Managing Director, Omega Farms & Ethiopian Horticulture Co-operative [Video]

 CTA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Launch of the Book “Stories of Change: Transforming Lives through Agricultural and Rural Development” [photos]

CTA Executive Board; European Union; ACP Secretariat; Partner Organisations [Biodata of the Speakers]

Concluding remarks



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