Last Brussels Briefing 45: “Smart and Affordable farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for agricultural transformation”

The Brussels Development Briefing n.45 on the subject of “Smart and Affordable farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for agricultural transformation” was held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 13th July 2016 at the Albert Borschette Congress Center, Room 1.A (Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels).  This Briefing was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission, the the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD, CEMA, Agricord and the PanAfrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO).

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Programme and Background Note


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Biodata of the speakers 

Resources (available soon)

 **  PROGRAMME  **

Introduction and Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [presentation|video]

Introductory remarks:  Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food & Nutrition Security, Europeaid, European Commission; Ulrich Adam, Secretary General, CEMA; Juha Ruippo, Director of the Finnish Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) Brussels; Theo de Jager, President, Panafrican Farmers Organisation (PAFO); Michael Hailu Director of CTA

Panel 1: Setting the scene: Drivers of smart-farming in Africa
This panel will discuss the available tools and approaches in support of smart-farming which can benefit the smallholders. It will also discuss public-private partnerships (PPPs) and multi-stakeholder alliances that aim at accelerating investments and transformative change in African agriculture.
ChairH.E. Kaire Mbuende, Ambassador of Namibia

– Smart-farming: trends and new opportunities benefiting small-holders
Josef Kienzle, Expert, Equipment and Institutions/Agro-Industries, Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries. Division (AGST), FAO  [presentation|video]

– Connecting your farm: the future of Precision Agriculture in Africa
Louisa Parker, Manager Institutional Funding and Stakeholder Relations Africa and Middle EastAdvanced Technology Solutions AGCO Corporation (AGCO)  [presentation|video]

– Contribution of unmanned aerial systems to precision farming
Giacomo Rambaldi, Senior Coordinator ICT, CTA; Damien van Eeckhout, Head of International Business Development, Airinov   [presentation|video]

– Smart farming: a priority for farmers in Africa
Theo de Jager, President, Panafrican Farmers Organisation (PAFO)  [presentation|video]

Panel 2: Scaling up successes in smart farming
This panel will look at specific examples of successful smart-farming applications at various levels. It will also show smart inclusive and sustainable PPPs.
ChairH.E. Teneng Mba Jaiteh, Ambassador of Gambia

– PPPs: Upscaling agribusiness successes in Africa
Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, CTA;  Stephen Muchiri, CEO, Eastern African Farmers Federation, Kenya   [presentation|video]

– Proven successful smart-farming technologies: the case of Potato initiative Africa
Frank Nordmann, Grimme, Germany  [presentation|video]

– Empowering women and youth through capacity building
Eric Kaduru, KadAfrica, Uganda  [executive summary|video]

– Pooling forces: Machinery rings and cooperatives
Andreas Hastedt, Board member, German Association of Machinery Rings  [presentation|video]

Brussels Briefing 44: Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade

The Brussels Development Briefing no. 44 on “Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade” took place on 22 June 2016  from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium.
This Briefings was co-organised by CTA, the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office.

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Programme and Background Note


Highlights (available soon)


Biodata of the speakers 


Introduction of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat  [video]; Regis Meritan, European Commission/ EuropeAid  [video]; Sergi Corbalán, Fair Trade Advocacy Office  [video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA  [video]

Panel 1: Responsible value chains, sustainable sourcing and Fair Trade
This panel with provide an overview of sustainable sourcing from a development perspective and the positioning of Fair Trade.

ChairViwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat 


– Sustainability of supply chains and fair schemes favorable to farmers
Aynur Mammadova, IISD Associate, SSI Team Member  [presentation|video]

– Unsustainable sourcing: facts and figures
Dr. Adrian de Groot Ruiz, Executive Director, True Price  [presentation|video]

– The Fair Trade market and consumers’ choice contribution to sustainable sourcing
Lily Deforce, Director, Fairtrade Belgium [presentation|video]

– Supermarket sourcing Fair Trade
Rosita Zilli, Deputy Secretary – General, Eurocoop  [presentation|video]

Debate panel 1 [video]

Panel 2: Scaling up successes in sustainable sourcing and Fair Trade
This panel will look at specific examples of successful businesses and PPPs in support of sustainable sourcing.

Chair: Bernd Lange, Chairman of the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament  [video]


– Fair Trade: a farmer’s led movement
Marike De Peña, Chair of Fairtrade International and Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Producer Organizations (CLAC)  [presentation|video]

– Example of B2B sourcing in Fair Trade
Frank Okyere, Kuapa Kokoo environmental and extension manager Fairtrade programme, Ghana   [presentation|video]
Charlotte Borger, Communications Director, 
Divine Chocolate, (UK)  [presentation|video]

– Example of a PPP promoting sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade
Fredrick Masinde, Business Development Manager, Undugu Fair Trade, Kenya  [presentation|video]

– Case study from the Fair Trade in the field
Abel Fernández CONACADO Commercial Manager, Dominican Republic  [presentation|video]

Debate panel 2 [video]

Concluding remarks: Fair Trade Advocacy Office, CTA [video]

Vanuatu Holds Agritourism Policy Setting Worskhop 2016

Policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism:

Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting healthy food in agritourism


Workshop organised by the Government of Vanuatu and CTA
in collaboration with IICA and PIPSO 

Port-Vila, Vanuatu, 25-27 May
Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa, Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila

Vanuatu policy setting 2016

Tourism is the lifeblood of many Pacific economies and agritourism provides a promising avenue for diversification and trade growth. High quality, nutritious and healthy food, available every day of the year, is critical to hotels, lodges and resorts. Often the food purchasing bill of a tourism site is large in comparison to the size of the local economy, yet surprisingly little of this is spent locally, even when supplies are available from farmers, fishermen and small-scale agribusinesses. The challenges of shifting food-sourcing to local suppliers are considerable – achieving this in a way that meets commercial needs and customer preferences and meets food and safety requirements would be one way in which tourism operations can significantly increase their contribution to local economic development.

Tourism has the potential to stimulate demand in the agriculture sector, promote healthy and nutritious food and strengthen the use of local products, so it is important to create linkages between the two, and to develop a policy on agritourism. In addition to the strong economic value of developing a sustainable tourism sector, enhancing the linkages between tourism and agriculture represents an important potential mechanism to stimulate and strengthen traditional local producers and processors and to improve the distribution of benefits along the chain as well as generate investment incentives for local production. The trade policy environment should be more favourable to the private sector and investment, while supporting local entrepreneurs and SMEs through appropriate measures that address import substitution, notably in the form of tariff and non tariff barriers.

Linkages between agriculture, health and tourism not only potentially increase opportunities for domestic agriculture earnings, new markets and product development and therefore sustainable economic growth, but also offer opportunities to help develop visitor attractions and distinctive tourism destination brands through the creative use and marketing of local produce and production techniques, and use of local landscapes. In order to acquire these benefits, the tourism industry needs to be proactive in utilizing local, high quality, healthy and niche agricultural products in touristic sites and events.

Vanuatu has the natural and cultural potential to develop a point of difference in its tourism policy and diversifying its economic sectors can increase resilience of food systems and incomes for rural communities. A policy on agritourism will also develop linkages with the health sector ensuring that it supports national campaigns towards nutritious and healthy food (embedded in the concept of quality food referred above).


New! latest Agritourism News & Resources

Press!  latest press coverage of the event

CTA article on the event

IICA article on the event


Background Note & Programme



Biodata of Speakers

Additional materials:

1st Pacific Agribusiness Forum Linking the Agrifood Sector to the Tourism-related Markets (Denarau Island, Fiji, 1-3 July 2015)

BB. 37 Reader – Building resilience of SIDS through agricultural trade and agribusiness development

Capacity4Dev: Blog – Building Resilience of Small Island Economies

Vanuatu agritourism policy setting day 1

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Summary of Day 1 [PDF]

Opening remarks [PDF]

  • Howard Aru, Director General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Vanuatu
  • George Borugu, Director, Department of Tourism and Acting Director-General of Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism
  • Isolina Boto, Manager, Project Coordinator for Regional Trade, CTA
  • Mereia Volavola, CEO, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)
  • Honourable Matai Seremaiah Nawalu, Minister of Trade, Tourism, Cooperatives, Industry and Ni-Vanuatu Business [speech]

 Session 1: Setting the scene: what do we know about opportunities to  support linkages between agriculture, health and tourism
This session set the scene on the opportunities that the tourism sector can bring and the needed linkages with other sectors such as agriculture and trade. It looked at successful models in other parts of the world and what could of interest to Vanuatu agritourism policy.

Moderator: Vanuatu

  • Setting the scene: A agritourism policy for Vanuatu
    Howard Aru, Director General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Vanuatu
  • Global trends and evolution of agritourism and food tourism
    Isolina Boto, Manager and project leader for regional trade, CTA
  • Overview of the Caribbean and Latin American best practices
    Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean [presentation]
  • Best practices in agribusiness development in the Pacific
    Mereia Volavola, CEO, PIPSO [presentation]
  • Overview of the agritourism initiatives in the Pacific
    Cheryl Thomas, Policy Research Officer, Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP), SPC [presentation]

Moderated discussion on key messages for Vanuatu context (45 mn)

 The Vanuatu context: opportunities for agritourism development
This session looked at the Vanuatu context.  It aimed to reach a better common understanding of the opportunities in agritourism in Vanuatu. It also  assessed the situation in the key areas important to set up an agritourism policy.

Moderator: Vanuatu

  • Overview of main agricultural and fisheries fresh and processed products with potential for the tourism-related markets
    Jimmy Andeng, Operations Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Overview of tourism development
    Robert Avio, Second Political Advisor, Ministry of Tourism, Vanuatu [presentation]
  • Opportunities and requirements for tourist markets
    Ruth Amos, Manager of Food Centre, Ministry of Trade, Vanuatu [report | presentation]
  • Supplying certified fresh and added value food to the hospitality sector
    Cornelia Wyllie, Vanuatu Direct
  • Experiences in engaging farmers with the tourism sector
    Oliver Lato, Farm Support Association [presentation]

 The Vanuatu context: linking nutrition and health for quality food

  • Health and nutrition: the case of NCDs in Vanuatu
    Myriam Abel, WHO technical advisor to Health Promotion and NCD unit, Department of Public Health  [presentation]
    John Tasserei, Officer In Charge (OIC), Health Promotion Unit, Department of Public Health 
  • Nutrition and health: promoting healthy food and policies to improve diet quality
    Tim Martyn, FAO Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific Islands, Samoa [presentation]
  • Experiences from organic production and Pacific Tourism & Hospitality Standard
    Nambo Moses, Chairman, POETCom [presentation]
  • Experiences from the Caribbean on nutrition and health focus on agritourism markets
    Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean [presentation]

General moderated discussion on agriculture, tourism and health

Working groups in each of the 3 areas identified  key elements of the strategy/policy on agritourism and proposed actions.

Thursday 26 May 2016

Summary of Day 2 [PDF]

 Session 2: Promoting agritourism through value addition, quality branded products

    Feedback from the working groups

    Promoting quality and safe products
This session discussed key areas to promote quality and safe products needed for the tourism-markets and will present specific examples of success.

  • Meeting food safety standards to upgrade
    Henry Sanday, Private sector Development Advisor, MSG
  • Certification processes for creating a sustainable supply chain
    Karen Mapusua, Coordinator, POETCom
  • Branding and labeling: focus on nutritional values
    Ministry of Trade
  • Branding quality Vanuatu products: developments ahead
    Adela Aru, Principal Product Development Officer, Manager of Vanuatu Tourism
  • Linking farmers to agribusiness for quality products: the case of Tanna coffee
    Terry Adlington, Managing Director, Tanna Coffee, Vanuatu
  • Value chain training to build sustainable continuity of supply to meet demand: Lessons learned from the Caribbean
    Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean  [presentation]

Working groups discussed the three areas and the needed elements to establish a platform promoting in linkages between Heath, Agriculture and Tourism

Presentation in plenary and discussion

 Friday 27 May 2016

Summary of Day 3 [PDF]

 Session 3: Celebrating Vanuatu Food and Cuisine

Chefs for Development: the link between agriculture & cuisine

This session looked at the role of chefs and the hospitality sector in stimulating demand of local products and its use by chefs. It shared experiences from other regions.

  • Best practices and new opportunities in sourcing local food by the Chefs
    Chef Christopher Bulememe, Vanuatu Culinary Chefs Association
  • Chefs for Development: linking Chefs and other agribusiness actors
    Mereia Volavola, PIPSO; Isolina Boto, CTA; Ena Harvey, IICA

Discussions with other Chefs, farmers, Experts form the various Ministries.

  Promoting Food festivals and Food celebrations

 Concrete examples were presented which could inspire the Agritourism Week.

 Developing the Agritourism Policy Framework
Based on previous input and discussions in working groups, this session looked at the main elements to establish an Agritourism policy. It also designed the format of the Week of agritourism to be held later in the year and to become an annual national event.

Conclusion—Moderator provided concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions