WTD2017: Agritourism Development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

WTD2017: Agritourism Development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Agritourism Development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

World Tourism Day 2017

 Tourism is a booming market, and one which shows no signs of slowing down. Its growth has the potential to improve the livelihoods of millions of people in countries around the world, particularly where synergies are created between tourism and other economic activities – from agriculture and manufacturing, to sports and sciences. Once considered unconventional, types of tourism such as eco-tourism, agritourism and culinary or food tourism have now become established niche markets, bringing with them big opportunities for chefs, farmers and small businesses.

At the global scale, the tourism sector boasts some impressive figures. In 2016, there was a 3.9% growth in international tourist arrivals amounting to total of 1,235 million arrivals, and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation predicts that this figure will balloon to 1.4 billion by 2020, and 1.8 billion by the year 2030. In terms of its economic impact, tourism is one of the most important sectors, generating 10% of the world’s GDP and supporting one in ten jobs. Tourism is particularly important for developing countries, where it is the leading export category. Forecasts also show that the biggest growth in tourism arrivals up until 2030 will come from emerging economies, notably in the Pacific and in Africa. (UNWTO Tourism Highlights: 2017 Edition)

Opportunities in Agriculture and Tourism

However, many emerging small islands that are dependent on tourism are also rely significantly on food imports. In the Caribbean, up to 80% of the food consumed is imported. As a result, the region has some of the world’s highest levels of non-communicable diseases and obesity rates. Eight out of ten countries with the world’s worst rates of obesity are in the Pacific islands.

For Pacific economies, tourism and agriculture are two of the most critical industries, and strengthening linkages between the two will provide new income opportunities and growth for value chain actors serving the tourism markets.

Linkages between agriculture 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.

Prioritising Quality and Policy

High quality food is critical to hotels, lodges and resorts, and sourcing a bigger part from local producers and processors can generate substantial gains and generate greater investment in local production. The challenges of shifting food sourcing to local suppliers need to be addressed in a way that meets commercial standards and customer preferences, and ensures compliance with food and safety requirements.

Equally critical are the policy frameworks which promote linkages between agriculture, tourism and trade sectors. The trade policy environment should be more favourable for 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.

Working with the Chefs

As part of its work on agribusiness development in SIDS, CTA together with key partners such as the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), IICA, Chefs across regions and private sector organisations, is supporting agriculture and tourism linkages to enhance incomes for farmers, increase growth and promote local food in major hotels and restaurants.

A key area is working with chefs and the hospitality sector to promote food tourism, local cuisine and education about traditional foods and ingredients. Chefs for Development (Chefs4Dev) is an online platform which uses chefs’ role as ambassadors of local cuisine and teams them up with smallholder farmers and agro-processors who can supply quality products.

The aim is to increase revenues for smallholder producers and promote healthier, locally sourced agrifood products to households, hotels and restaurants in regions suffering from soaring food imports and high levels of diet related diseases. Tourism is a major source of income for the island states of all three regions, yet most visitors and domestic consumers are served food shipped in from other countries and cultures, much of it high in calories, sugar and salt.

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Addressing key Issues for the Future of Agriculture at the European Development Days 2017

Addressing key Issues for the Future of Agriculture at the European Development Days 2017

CTA at the European Development Days 2017

Addressing key Issues for the Future of Agriculture: Youth, Women and Trade

Agriculture and sustainable economic development in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries were the focus of five panel debates held during the European Development Days. Over twenty speakers representing leading policymakers, women entrepreneurs, young agribusiness innovators and trade experts presented the case for streamlining regulation, implementation of inclusive policies and increased technical support to create jobs, modernise agriculture and strengthen public and private sector capacities in ACP countries.

The European Development Days 2017 took place under the theme of “Investing in Development”, and the five debate sessions in which CTA participated looked at successful approaches, innovations and partnerships for delivering a more prosperous agricultural sector in ACP countries. Altogether, the five sessions were delivered before packed rooms. In addition to more than 400 participants, the events gathered a significant online audience following the coverage live on Twitter; there were over 274 visitors to the online page for the debate, and over 900 liked and retweeted tweets related to the EDD.

In her opening address during for first session, President Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim of the Republic of Mauritius captured the key themes and issues addressed by the five panels: “Meaningful intra-ACP trading opportunities need to be developed and consolidated where they already exist. To achieve this, the ACP economies must keep on their diversification efforts. One of the areas of focus would be agribusiness for small-scale farmers through improved productivity and processing…The agricultural sector has the potential to create jobs through entrepreneurship if they are supported by ICT infrastructure and technology as well as post-harvest logistics. Exports will be boosted if there is a reduction of technical barriers to trade.”

Agricultural transformation and sustainable development – linkages and opportunities

The opportunities for agriculture to play a transformational role in achieving sustainable development were presented by the high-level panel of the session on Innovative agriculture for next generation farms. Combining perspectives from the private sector and international organisations, the speakers emphasised the need to scale up the development, availability and uptake of appropriate technologies in agriculture, as the sector is not reaching its full potential in many developing countries, particularly in Africa. Small-scale farmers and youth should be especially positioned to capitalise on the gains that technology can provide.

“Taking the case of Africa, both in terms of the SDGs and the Malabo declaration there is a huge expectation from agriculture in terms of creating employment and in terms of addressing food and nutrition,” noted CTA’s Michael Hailu during the session, “so technology, especially ICTs and data, are enablers in making sure that this happens. The question is how to scale this up, how to make it sustainable, and how to support youth and farmers to ow the data.”

Youth in agribusiness and women entrepreneurs – key pillars for jobs, growth and innovation

Job creation and value addition are two big areas of concern in ACP countries, as it is imperative to translate economic growth into opportunities for youth and sustainable and inclusive development which reduces poverty and inequality. The agricultural presents the strongest opportunities for countries to contribute to these objectives, but it is a sector which is challenged by low investment, and often also a poor image.

The EDD sessions on Youth in Agribusiness and Women entrepreneurs presented important lessons for policymakers and the private sector to support inclusive investment into the agricultural sector, based on the experience of successful agropreneurs and public-private partnerships.

Investment into innovation and value addition should be among the top priorities of agribusiness entrepreneurs, argued Dalitso Luke Mbewe, Director of Tapera Bio Industries in Zambia and Lovin Kobusingye, Managing Director of Kati Farms in Uganda. Speaking in the Youth and Women sessions respectively, they were also very emphatic about the need to develop a successful business model which can be sustained without the support of donors and the government.

Enhancing and enabling partnerships between entrepreneurs and producers is critical, as in the case of Kati Farms, which was developed in cooperation with a local fisheries co-operative. During the session on Women, Marie-Joseph Medzeme Engama, Expert on agricultural value chains for the Central Africa farmer’s organisation (PROPAC) also emphasised the importance of co-operatives in enabling cassava producers in Cameroon, SOCOOPMATPA, to move up the value chain and successfully enter into markets that are more profitable.

ICT is also playing a transformational role in helping to create jobs, spurring agricultural innovation and supporting greater participation of youth and women in the economy. Vanessa Erogbogbo, Head of Women and Trade Programme at the International Trade Centre (ITC), spoke at the session on women about SheTrades, an online digital platform which enables women entrepreneurs and women led businesses to trade, network and transact with thousands of others on the platform. Martin Stimela, the Managing Director, ‎Brastorne Enterprises, Bostwana discussed how ICT enabled him to come from a non-agricultural background and eventually develop an award winning mobile application, mAgri, which allows farmers, producers and traders to access up to date information by mobile, make transactions for sales and purchases, and also share news and developments affordably.

Access to finance and development of skills and capacity for youth and women were noted as challenges which require targeted partnerships in order address. Speaking at the Youth session, Christiaan Rebergen, Director General for International Cooperation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, argued in favour of greater investment by the private sector into skills development, capacity building and education of youth and entrepreneurs. In the Netherlands, this approach has helped to create a workforce that can respond to the needs of a dynamic and growing economy.

Business incubation is also emerging as a popular and cost effective approach to improve the skills of entrepreneurial youth and help their start-ups to access finance and grow. This was shown by Alieu Jallow, Founder of the Gambia Young Entrepreneurs Association and EDD Young Leader, whose most successful incubatee has been a young agribusiness entrepreneur in the poultry sector. Heike Rüttgers, Head of Division, Development & Impact Finance in the EIB, emphasised the importance for lending institutions to include gender mainstreaming in their activities during the session on Women.

Inclusive and sustainable trade – leveraging regional and international opportunities

ACP countries are heading towards a new trade paradigm. On the one hand, regional trade opportunities are being aggressively pursued, particularly in Africa where the continent aims to establish a continental free trade area by 2017. On the other hand, Economic Partnership Agreements with the EU have been signed with many ACP regions, with fundamentally revise trading and investment terms between the two parties. This is in addition to efforts at sub-regional levels to eliminate or reduce barriers to trade, ranging from infrastructure investments to greater regulatory cooperation.

Policymakers, trade experts and leading EU officials discussed these and other ACP trade related issues at the EDD sessions first on Boosting Investment for ACP Inclusive Trade and Development, and second, on Promoting inclusive trade in Africa. Both panels delivered a strong message on the need to create an enabling business environment to encourage investment and enable SME’s to undertake more regional trade. Creating a conducive regulatory framework featured strongly as an issue that should be prioritised by policymakers in Africa to address the high levels of informal economic activity and reduce the volumes of capital flight from the region.

Stefano Manservisi, the European Commission’s Director General for International Cooperation and Development addressed this point directly during the session on Promoting inclusive trade in Africa. “Small scale trading in Africa is still the vast majority – 72% is in the informal economy…Working in the informal sector is not a choice, it is the result of a poor regulatory framework in which to do business.”

Frank Matsaert, CEO of TradeMark East Africa further elaborated on this issue, explaining how the simplified trading regime supported TradeMark East Africa helps to streamline cross border trade regulation, thus reducing the compliance costs borne by small traders, especially women.

“You have to have conditions in the regulatory environment for investment to take place”, noted Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development in the European Commission during the Boosting Investment for ACP session, adding that this applies especially towards stimulating domestic investment. Pamela Coke-Hamilton from the Caribbean Export Development Agency noted that best practices and lessons on investment promotion should be share more frequently among ACP regions and scaled up.

Standards play an important role in regional trade and exports to the EU. They were highlighted by many of panellists in the two trade sessions as a means for ACP countries to enhance integration – through the harmonisation of standards – and for producers to move up the value chain, either through compliance with voluntary sustainability standards or through product differentiation.

Hermogene Nsengimana CEO of the African Organisation for Standardisation and Masego Marobela, Managing Director of Botswana Bureau of Standards explained that efforts that were taking place at the regional levels in Africa to harmonise standards, to create regional centres of excellence for standards and to develop more collaboration with partners, particularly the private sector and other international standard setting bodies. Janet Ngombalu from the Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC) noted that the private sector and producers can take advantage of standards in order to be more competitive and also promote value addition and regional trade, as has been the case with grain producers in Eastern Africa.

Leveraging EU investment for inclusive growth and sustainable development

EU support and priorities were discussed at numerous points during the five sessions. Koen Doens, Director East and Southern Africa and ACP coordination, European Commission – DG for International Cooperation and Development noted that in the context of the EPAs, the EU was keen to focus its efforts in supporting ACP countries to build their capacity to add value and produce goods that can be traded, echoing the statements made earlier by Mr Ridolfi. These efforts would form a significant portion of the EU’s recently launched External Investment Plan, which aims to de-risk investment into Africa through three pillars: the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD); technical assistance for broader policy environment to help attract investors and engage the private sector; and programmes to improve the investment climate and the overall policy environment.

A clear focus of these investment programmes will lie in supporting employment creation and decent jobs, particularly for youth and women. In this regard, the European Commission’s Leonard Mizzi also highlighted that that many of the best solutions to the challenges faced by Africa come from local entrepreneurs and the private sector, so the EU will support funding instruments to scale up research and innovation and agricultural funding opportunities.

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Latest Brussels Briefing 49: “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture”

Latest Brussels Briefing 49: “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture”

The latest Brussels Development Briefing no. 49 on “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture” took place on 18th of May 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing was co-organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, European Commission (DG DEVCO), Concord, PAFO and AgriCord.

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Almost 88% of the world’s 1.2 billion youth live in developing countries. Globally, young people account for approximately 24% of the working poor and this dynamic is particularly pronounced in Africa, where over 70% of youth subsist on US$2 per day or less. Although the world’s youth population is expected to grow, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young women and men remain limited – particularly for those living in economically stagnant rural areas of developing countries. Projections indicate that 60% of the world’s labour force growth between 2010 and 2050 will be in Africa which has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million aged between 15 and 24 (doubling by 2045 according to the AFDB).

In Africa, agriculture, is still in most cases the sector which can absorb large numbers of new job seekers and offer meaningful work with public and private benefits. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the transition into agriculture begins early.  The vast majority of teenagers who work are working in agriculture. At age 15, of the 60% of those who are working, almost 90% are working in agriculture. The share working outside agriculture increases steadily with age, largely because young people who leave school at higher grades enter other sectors. In rural areas, where limited educational opportunities prevent youths from staying in school for very long, agriculture employs more than 90% of 15- and 16-year-olds, and about 80% of young people ages 24 and older remain in agriculture (although some who report agriculture as their primary activity also have a non-farm activity as well). Women who work are more likely to work in agriculture than men—and unlike men their probability of working in agriculture does not decrease much with age. One reason why so many women remain in agriculture is that they leave school sooner, so employment opportunities are set much earlier for females than for males.

The creation of employment opportunities for young people is among the major development challenges of our time. Changing the vision of youth towards agriculture must happen. In this context, youth-related policies and programmes should seek to identify specific, priority interventions that add value. Policy makers should see the value of investing in empowering youth to strengthen and sustain the foundation for agricultural transformation. Creating more and better jobs, in particular for the growing young rural labour force, should be an explicit objective in agriculture and rural development programmes and youth focused policies and investments in agriculture and rural development should be a priority. Boosting incentives to improve the quality of education will also be key to produce a skilled workforce. We need to increase the understanding of the specific needs of young people, improving the capacity of youth to profitably engage in activities along the agricultural value chain and improve access to markets and finance. As youth are often marginalised in these processes, platforms and mechanisms for their engagement need to be put into place to enable them to fully participate in the policy dialogue, make their voice heard and give recognition to their status.

NEW! on the subject of Youth in Agribusiness

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Programme

8h00-9h00 Registration
9h00-9h20 Introduction of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant-Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat [video]; Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission [video]; Estelle Gallot, Expert, AgriCord [video]; Fatma Ben Rejeb, CEO, Panafrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO) [video]; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [video]

9h20-11h00 Panel 1: Employment creation for youth in the agricultural sector
This panel will bring various perspectives on youth employment from research, policy and practice and define key actions to be taken to support youth in agribusiness.
Panellists:
– Experiences of youth going into agriculture: main drivers of success
Betty Wampfler, Deputy Director, IRC / Supagro, France [presentation|video]
– Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship through incubation
Peter Kuria Githinji, Director Business Development and Partnerships, African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Ghana [presentation|video]
– Improving financial inclusion of Youth through ICTs
Gerald Otim, Founder and Chief operating officer, Ensibuuko, Uganda [presentation|video]

Panel 1 – Debate  [video]

11h00-11h15 Coffee break

11h00-13h00 Panel 2: Young farmers and entrepreneurs: successes and opportunities ahead
This panel will share concrete successes across ACP countries from young entrepreneurs working in the agribusiness sector and will discuss the drivers of success and their replicability and upscaling.
Panellists:
– Youth Participation in agro-processing in Malawi
Maness Ngoma Nkhata, Lakeshore Agro-Processing Enterprise (LAPE), Malawi [presentation|video]
– E-commerce opportunities for farmers
Bertrand Foffe, Founder, Jangolo Farm, Cameroon [presentation|video]
– Improved agricultural information access through ICTs
Patrick Sakyi, Expert mobile commerce business, Farmerline, Ghana [presentation|video]

Panel 2 – Debate [video]

Conclusion
Leonard Mizzi Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission [video]; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [video]

Highlights Brussels Briefing 48: Rural – Urban Linkages in Africa

Highlights Brussels Briefing 48: Rural – Urban Linkages in Africa

Senior experts and policymakers presented important lessons and opportunities for African countries to strengthen linkages between rural and urban areas at a Brussels Briefing which took place on Monday 20th March 2017. The event, held under the title of “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa”, attracted a wide audience of over 130 participants representing the ACP and EU diplomatic and development communities present at the ACP Secretariat, and an online audience of over 100 following via Webstream.  It was organised by CTA, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Agency (GIZ), the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and Concord (the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development).

This debate, which comes at a time of increased focus on Africa’s demographic boom and rapid urbanisation, sought to consider the implications for rural jobs and youth, migration and economic transformation in the continent. Employment, especially for youth, agricultural transformation, and the use of peri-urban areas and small intermediary cities as service hubs emerged as the dominant talking points of the Briefing.

The discussions pointed out the importance of infrastructure to link rural, peri-urban and urban areas, particularly the construction of good roads that can reduce transportation costs and promote development of the off-farm economy. Furthermore, a strong emphasis was placed on the need to make rural transformation inclusive through the right policy interventions and finance mechanisms.

Several examples of successes from producers, young entrepreneurs, researchers and policy makers highlighted new opportunities for value-chain actors in the context of urbanisation and stronger rural-urban linkages. Of significance in terms of emerging trends is the growing demand created by urban consumers, which offers new markets for farmers and entrepreneurs in fresh and processed foods.

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Brussels Briefing 48: “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa”

The Brussels Development Briefing no. 48 on “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa” took place on 20th March 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00, at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C). This Briefing was co-organised by CTA, BMZ/GIZ, the ACP Secretariat, European Commission (DG DEVCO) and Concord .

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Rural areas in many African countries are undergoing manifest transformation processes fuelled by dynamics such a population growth, urbanisation and increasing mobility. The relationship between rural and urban areas is changing and the rural-urban divide is fading, with increasing flows of people, goods and services between the two and the emergence of new migratory and livelihoods patterns. Next to the growth of capital and major cities, much of the urbanization witnessed in African countries has taken place in the continuum of rural areas with villages, towns and smaller cities below 500,000 inhabitants, fuelled in part by better infrastructure and digital connectivity as well as the search for economic opportunity. Rural towns and smaller cities have the potential to invigorate rural areas in their function as market hubs and basic service provision. Yet fulfilling such functions requires considerable investment and local institutional capacity as well as clear political commitment.  Strengthening rural-urban linkages in terms of infrastructure, transport, market access and exchange of information, ideas and innovation can catalyse economic development in rural areas and provide future perspectives for rural population and especially youth. Rural development strategies should therefore consider some of the following opportunities:

  • New income-generating opportunities in food systems as a result of changing urban consumption patterns
  • Investing in towns and intermediary cities as hubs for economic growth and service delivery for rural areas
  • Boosting agricultural productivity and attracting youth to farming
  • Supporting job creation in the rural non-farm economy and enabling diversified and multi-local livelihood strategies

NEWon Rural-Urban Linkages

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Programme and Background Note

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Highlights 

Photos 

Biodata of the speakers 

Resources

Press & Media:
– OECD SWAC article “Brussels Briefing: Rural-urban links” (2017)

More info:

– Spore interview with Dimakatso (Nono) Sekhoto: From finance to farming (2017)
– CTA interview with Steve Wiggins Rural-urban links – opportunities for farmers (2017)
– Brussels Briefing 24:  Major drivers for rural transformation in Africa (2011)
– Spore Magazine No. 180 The Connected Farmer: A new opportunity for the agricultural system (2016)
– Spore Magazine No. 176 Marketing and packaging: the retail revolution (2015)
– ICT Update Issue 77 Linking farmers to Markets (2014)
– Spore Magazine No. 157 Urban Agriculture: City farmers (2012)

** PROGRAMME **

13h00-14h00 Registration and light Lunch
14h00-14h30 Introduction of the Briefing Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office  [video]

Introductory remarks: Olusola Ojo, Expert Sustainable Economic Development and Trade, ACP Secretariat [video]; Annelene Bremer, Senior Policy Officer, Rural Development, Land Rights, Forestry, BMZ [info|video]; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [video]

14h30-16h00 Panel 1: Potential of closer rural-urban linkages for rural transformation and job creation
Chair: Michael Hailu, Director, CTA
Panellists:
– Fostering Rural-Urban links and the implications for the rural economy
Steve Wiggins, Senior Researcher, ODI [presentation|video]

– Employment opportunities in West African food systems
Thomas Allen, Economist, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat, OECD SWAC [presentation|video]

– Agri-Business-Led Employment for Youth in African Agriculture: new opportunities
Edson Mpyisi, Principal Agricultural Economist, Coordinator, Agropoles and Agro-Industrial Parks, Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank Group  [presentation|video]

– Applying a territorial lens to rural development: West Kenya portfolio
Petra Jacobi, Project Manager, GIZ  [presentation|video]

Questions and Answers panel 1 [video]

16h00-16h15 Coffee Break

16h15-18h00 Panel 2: Creating opportunities for rural youth in transforming food systems
Chair: H.E. Mr Amadou Diop, Ambassador of Senegal to the EU
Panellists:
– Fostering employment through territorial development
Denis Pesche, sociologist at CIRAD and member of the Research Unit ART-Dev “Actors, Resources and Territories in Development’ (Montpellier University)  [presentation|video]

– Opportunities for young entrepreneurs in serving urban or semi-urban markets
Nono Dimakatso Sekhoto, African Farmers’ Association of South Africa  [presentation|video]

– Adding value to local products for urban markets
Omar Ouedraogo, Fédération des professionnels agricoles du Burkina (FEPAB)  [presentation|video]

Questions and Answers panel 2 [video]

Closing remarks
H.E. Mr Amadou Diop, Ambassador of Senegal to the EU [video]
Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [video]

Brussels Briefing 48: Rural – Urban linkages in Africa

Brussels Briefing 48: Rural – Urban linkages in Africa
Opportunities for inclusive economic growth and agricultural transformation

Experts and policymakers will discuss “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa” at the 48th Brussels Development Briefing on Monday 20th March 2017, organised by CTA with BMZ/GIZ, the European Commission – DG DEVCO, Concord and the ACP Secretariat. This event will explore best practices, successful approaches and public and private sector opportunities that respond to the urgent need to transform Africa’s rural economies to increase productivity and create employment in the context of increasing urbanisation and changes to patterns in food consumption.

Urban scenes in Accra market. Image:  K. Pratt / FAO

It is estimated that by 2050, Africa will see its population double to 2.2 billion people, with the proportion of Africans living in rural areas falling to only 43%, down from 61% in 2010. However, the absolute number of people living in rural areas will actually increase from 622 million to 927 million (Proctor and Lucchesi). Only 10% of Africans are in formal employment, and the clear majority of labour in Africa is still informal, and particularly concentrated in the agricultural sector. Farming is the source of 60% to 80% of rural incomes, with the share of non-farm income gaining in importance. There are only 3 million formal jobs available for the 10 to 12 million African youth entering the workforce each year, and two thirds of the labour force increase over the next 20 years is projected to occur in rural areas.

The growing significance of cities and the fading rural-urban divide should not be a reason or a pretext to neglect our rural areas. They require just as much ongoing attention from policy-makers as our urban centres, for a multitude of reasons,” said Stefan Schmitz, Commissioner for the One World – No Hunger initiative at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

This presents a challenge on three fronts: first, how to meet the demand for jobs and income generating opportunities, especially for youth in rural and peri-urban areas; second, how to speed up the transformation of agricultural production in Africa in response to this urban expansion and dietary changes among the growing middle class; and third, how to ensure that this demographic transition results in inclusive and sustainable development for both rural and urban areas, which reinforces productive linkages across key sectors – agriculture, services and manufacturing. These issues are especially relevant in the context of the global Agenda 2030, which calls on all development stakeholders, including the private sector, to contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals that ensure food and nutrition security (SDG2), inclusive growth and decent productive work (SDG8) and sustainable cities and communities (SDG11).

Opportunities to scale up on-going efforts towards structural transformation in Africa (e.g. CAADP, Agenda 2063) through more efficient, productive and inclusive urban-rural linkages are abundant. This Briefing presents a good opportunity to draw on lessons learnt and to identify factors for success in approaches which have produced positive results. The widespread use of new technologies – particularly ICTs including mobile phones – is a good example. Rural areas have benefited from a growth in non-farm incomes, smart innovations and greater connectivity with markets through digital platforms. CTA has been actively working to promote ICT innovations for agriculture, especially by identifying and encouraging talented young ICT entrepreneurs to engage in agriculture.

 “The greatest opportunity for transforming African agriculture into a highly productive and profitable sector that creates value for smallholder producers and jobs for young people will come from establishing strong rural-urban linkages essential to meet the rapidly growing demand of urban consumers for fresh and processed foods,” said Michael Hailu, Director of CTA.

Infographic:  SPORE Magazine No. 176 Marketing and packaging: the retail revolution

Another key development has been the recognition by policymakers across Africa and internationally about the need to promote private sector participation to catalyse rural transformation and develop inclusive value chains. In this context, the African Development Bank, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank have launched financing mechanisms which seek to reduce the risk of private investment in the agricultural sector in Africa. These include programmes that leverage finance in a way that encourages private sector development in Africa, particularly for micro- and small and medium sized enterprises and youth entrepreneurs, and others which establish public-private partnerships that aim to tackle bigger structural issues, including poor infrastructure, access to energy and access to finance.

The transformation will be driven by the investment decisions taken by millions of private-sector stakeholders: small farmers, input providers, food processing firms, distributors, financial service companies, craft and trade enterprises, and many others. However, the pace and composition of this private investment will depend on the enabling environment created by governments,” said Stefan Schmitz, Commissioner for the One World – No Hunger initiative, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

This Briefing discuss latest trends in research, the dynamics driving demographic shifts, the key policy responses seeking to mitigate risks and promote sustainable rural growth, and the innovative approaches of the private sector, producers and youth entrepreneurs capturing the gains that rural-urban linkages present.

Registration is now open for the Briefing, which will take place at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C): https://bb48.eventbrite.com

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Brussels Briefing 47: Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities

Brussels Briefing 47: Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities

Experts at the 47th Brussels Development Briefing on the topic of “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities” all agreed that Africa’s largest market opportunity lies within the continent. The event, which was held at the ACP Secretariat on Friday 3 February 2017 attracted an audience of close to 200 people, who joined the organisers to discuss the progress made in integrating Africa’s regional markets, and to explore suggestions for overcoming barriers to intra-African trade. Key findings from the African Agricultural Trade Status Report (AAFTR) 2017 by CTA and IFPRI were also presented at the Briefing. The event was co-organised by CTA, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD.

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“When you come to look at intra-African trade, you can see the contrast between raw products exports to the rest of the world, and greater value added exports within Africa” said keynote speaker Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, who weighed in on some of the most topical issues that are facing the continent’s trade landscape. Given the uncertain economic climate of Africa’s major international export destinations, Dr Kituyi was keen to emphasise the resilience that African economies can develop through enhanced intra and inter-regional trade.

The potential of intra-African trade to deliver greater value addition and productivity for the agricultural sector was repeated by a number of the distinguished panellists. However, in order for this to be realised, the scale, diversity and fluidity of cross-border transactions has to be significantly augmented.

In his presentation on trends in Africa’s regional trade, Dr Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa at IFPRI noted that in terms of agricultural products, although African countries are the destination of only 20% of African exports, there has been a notable increase in the competitiveness of its regional markets, which augurs well for domestic agribusiness. This is on top of the opportunities arising from changes in demand and consumption due to the demographic transitions Africa faces. For example, the most rapid growth in intra-regional agricultural trade West Africa has been higher-value goods such as fish and animal products as well as vegetables and food oils.

Various recommendations on easing cross border trade were shared by the panellists, including Dr Badiane who argued that removal of “harassment costs” would have the biggest effect on intra-regional trade. This was echoed by Annette Mutaawe who demonstrated a number of initiatives supported by TradeMark East Africa to achieve just that. These include technology innovations, such as a mobile phone platform which allows women small scale producers to access available trucks to take their goods to market. This comes in addition to support for East African government agencies dealing with customs and transportation in order to streamline procedures, reduce costs and delays in moving goods across borders.

annette mutaawe“Agriculture produce is perishable – if you’re not able to take it through the borders quickly, that’s a huge problem. We found that there is a huge opportunity for women entrepreneurs to do business”.
Annette Mutaawe, TradeMark East Africa

Access to finance remains a predominant concern for Africa’s farmers, agribusinesses and small and medium enterprises, as well as for governments to fund large infrastructure-related projects that could ease the costs of trade between countries. It is in this context that Ishmael Sunga, CEO of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and Nana Osei-Bonsu CEO of Ghana’s the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) gave examples of successful PPPs – both public-private partnerships and private-private partnerships – as a way for producers to strengthen their presence in the marketplace and their negotiating power vis-à-vis other players in the value chain, notably banks and offtakers. The African Development Bank’s Josephine Mwangi spoke to the need to reduce the risk in agricultural investment, an area that the bank is already working on through its FEED Africa initiative and mobilisation of funding to finance Africa’s agricultural transformation.

Greater intra-African agricultural trade will depend not only on the actions of businesses and governments, but also on regional and partner institutions who can provide catalytic action on a wider scale. At the regional level, organisations such as Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), which is part of the COMESA regional block, have created an enabling environment through partnerships and investments that promotes intra-regional trade in fertilisers and other inputs.

gallina inlineThe European Commission used the Briefing as an opportunity to make a strong presentation of its support for regional trade in Africa. According to Sandra Gallina, Director for Sustainable Development at DG Trade, in terms of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) “there are gains that can be made within EPA regions, as well as between EPA groupings through the opportunity to cumulate… this regional preference is what we see in the intra-regional EPA game as massively important.” This spoke directly to concerns about the implications of the EPAs for regional integration in the ACP, particularly for Africa. In his closing remarks, Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development at DG EuropeAid, presented ongoing and future engagements by the European Commission to support electrification and agribusiness financing for Africa (ElectriFI and AgriFI respectively). Both these instruments aim to reduce the risk of investing into these two priority areas for Africa’s regional development, and make it easier to leverage funds from both private and public sources. Ridolfi further stressed that aid instruments must be used to leverage private finance in order to scale up successful businesses, and agreed on the need to develop an online platform which consolidates all the information on the various EC programmes supporting trade.

CTA’s director, Michael Hailu, also expressed a wish to see regional trade in Africa leading to the creation of more jobs and opportunities in rural areas, and for increased private sector involvement. In terms of future activities, CTA will be engaging with DG Devco in a preparatory exercise in April or May, which will feed into the EU-Africa Business Forum that takes place during the European Development Days 2017 (June in Brussels). A declaration by business leaders and CEOs will be presented to the EU-African Union Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Abidjan in November 2017.

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Latest Brussels Briefing 47: “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities”

The Brussels Development Briefing n.47 on the subject of “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities” took place on 3rd February 2017 in Brussels at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels) from 09:00 to 13:00.  This Briefing was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with IFPRI, the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD .

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Trade and regional integration have dominated the political agenda in recent years, with scores of countries pursuing trade agreements under various configurations. There is a renewed focus on the role of the private sector, and on reducing and eliminating trade barriers in order to boost economic growth by encouraging more trade and investment. The nexus between trade, integration and development is recognised to hold immense potential for sustainable growth and poverty reduction, and provides opportunities for enhancing the welfare of producers and consumers, provided that governments are able to develop and enforce policies to this effect. Under the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the role of trade in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is recognised in a number of areas. Target 2.b of SDG2 calls for the correction and prevention of trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets, whereas targets 17.10 to 17.12 of SDG 17 also highlights the importance of trade, particularly for the least developed countries.

In order to maximise the benefits of regional integration and look for new opportunities for competitiveness, policymakers, the private sector and development partners need access to accurate and comprehensive data on intra and inter-regional trade in Africa with respect to agricultural goods. It is in this context that CTA and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are launching the “African Agricultural Trade Status Report”, which examines the current status, trends and outlook in African trade performance, making an important contribution towards data and analysis of developments both at regional and at continental levels. The Report, which is released in conjunction with the Briefing, builds on the work by the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) of CAADP and the African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP) trade and also reflects the CTA’s commitment to advancing knowledge and sharing of best practices relating to agricultural trade.

African Agricultural Trade Status Report 2017 
– Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Africa global trade patterns
Chapter 3. Regional trade patterns
Chapter 4. Competitiveness of African agricultural exports
Chapter 5. Determinants of African agricultural exports
Chapter 7. West Africa trade outlook: business as usual vs alternative options
Chapter 8. Summary and conclusions

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CTA Resources
– Spore no. 178 “REGIONAL TRADE: The customers next door” [2015, download]
– ‘Opportunities for Value-chain Finance in Africa’s Intra-regional Food Trade’ [2016, download]
– ‘West Africa: Regional trade – what’s the story?’ [2017, download]

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Programme

8h15-9h00        Registration

9h00-9h15         Introduction to the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant-Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat [video]; Axel Pougin de la Maisonneuve, Deputy Head of Unit, Private Framework Development, Trade and Regional Integration, DG DEVCO, European Commission [video]; Michael Hailu, Director of CTA [video]

Special address:          Future prospects for Africa in global trade
                                            Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD [video]

 9h15-11h00 Panel 1: Overview of Africa regional trade

This panel will provide an overview of the main trends in inter and intra-regional trade in Africa and the main drivers of success.
Chair: H.E. Mr Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba, Ambassador of Zimbabwe 

Panellists
:

– Trends in African regional trade
Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)  [presentation|video]

– Innovative finance for agriculture transformation
Josephine Mwangi, Manager, Agriculture & Agro-Industry Dept, African Development Bank [presentation|video]

– New opportunities for regional trade within the EPAs implementation
Sandra Gallina, Director for Sustainable Development, DG Trade at the European Commission  [presentation|video]

– Challenges and successes in implementing regional trade agreements
Dominique Njinkeu, Executive Director, African Trade and Sustainable Development (AFTSD)  [presentation|video]

Panel 1 Debate [video]

 11h00-11h15 Coffee Break

11h15-13h00 Panel 2: Implementing regional trade: successes and opportunities ahead

This panel will look at specific examples of successes in the implementation of regional trade agreements and will bring various perspectives, including the private sector.
ChairH.E. Mr Ousmane Sylla, Ambassador of Guinea to the EU

Panellists:

– Growth opportunities for the private sector in East Africa as a result of regional integration
Annette Mutaawe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, TradeMark East Africa  [presentation|video]

– New opportunities in regional trade
Argent Chuula, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA)  [presentation|video]

– Promoting regional trade through PPPs and agribusiness development
Ishmael Sunga, CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)  [presentation|video]

– Investment opportunities and PPPs
Nana Osei-Bonsu, CEO, the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), Ghana [presentation|video]

Panel 2 Debate [video]

Concluding remarksRoberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, DG EuropeAid, European Commission [video]; Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant-Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat [video]; Michael Hailu, Director of CTA [video]

Concluding Debate [video]

13h00               Networking Lunch

4th African Continental Briefing – Youth & Agribusiness

4th PAFO Continental Briefing and 1st PAFO Youth Forum

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 The future of African farming and agribusiness:
New opportunities for youth

   6th-9th October 2016, Accra, Ghana

In the context of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network Conference and Expo 2016
MPlaza Hotel

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Organised by the Panafrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO) and the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
With the partnership of AgriCord

This Briefing is linked to the Brussels Briefings organized by the CTA, EC/DGDEVCO, ACP Group and Concord every two months on key issues related to agriculture in ACP countries

RESOURCES

Read about CTA at the 2nd Pan African Agri-Business Incubators Conference and Expo

Successful Farmer-Led Agribusiness Models:
– Cooperative Business Models in Uganda: The Case of Nyakyera-Rukoni Area Cooperative Enterprise (NRACE) (by Paul Thangata, 2015)
– Smallholder Cashew Business Model in Tanzania: Lessons from the Tandahimba Newala Cooperative Union (TANECU) Ltd. (by Paul Thangata, 2015)

More Info:
Brussels Briefing 45: Smart Farming in Africa (July 2016, Brussels)
– 3rd African Continental Briefing:  Agribusiness & PPPs (December 2015, Durban)
2nd African Continental Briefing: Finance 4 Farmers (July 2014, Nairobi)

Learn more:
– Second Pan African Agribusiness Conference opens in Accra, Ghana
– African agribusiness incubation conference opens in Ghana

CONTEXT

The 4th PAFO Continental Briefing will focus on realising the potential of smart farming and youth entrepreneurship for African agribusiness. Taking place in the context of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network Conference and Expo 2016, the Briefing will provide an unparalleled opportunity to bring the umbrella organisation of the regional farmer’s organisations and its members together with youth agribusiness innovators in a forum attended by the leading agribusiness private and public sector representatives, successful agribusiness innovators, and stakeholders representing agriculture, technology and finance who are debating and developing solutions that are transforming Africa’s agricultural landscape.

The focus being Youth, the selected young farmers and entrepreneurs will be invited to attend the 3 days of African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) Conference & Expo in Accra and notably to the session on Youth engagement in agribusiness and agri-sessions for start-ups.

A side event to the AAIN Conference will be organised between PAFO members previously, the date and time will be provided when the agenda will be determined.

The 5th October will be a PAFO/AAIN/CTA Youth Day with sessions on agribusinesses successes and policies and tools to support them.

PAFO BRIEFING: PAFO YOUTH STRATEGY

The proposed sessions for the Briefing are:

  1. Youth Led Agribusiness Successes
    Innovative and successful agribusiness cases and new business opportunities will be shown and explored during this session, with a focus on the factors for success, including the processes and partnerships which have supported these successes. Lessons learned, opportunities for scaling up and out, and potential replication of the successes will be a priority outcome for this session.
  1. Investment in Agribusiness Services
    Participants in this session will discuss key issues related to the provision of innovative, competitive and accessible agribusiness services for farmers. The challenges faced in service development and delivery, and the opportunities for investment by various stakeholders, particularly in the context of PPPs, will be explored. A key priority will be the identification of lessons learnt from successful initiatives, and action needed from farmers, FOs, private and public sectors to overcome bottlenecks and create incentives for greater innovation and scaling up of service delivery.
  1. Smart Farming and the role of young farmers and entrepreneurs
    The goal of this session will be to advance the dialogue and share best practices on smart farming, mechanisation and technology-based innovations for farmers and agribusiness in Africa, improved uptake of appropriate data and ICT tools for African farmers, establishing better information baselines in respect of the technology needs of farmers, existing and successful agritech and mechanisation solutions. It will also identify partnership opportunities at various levels.
  1. Enhancing Policy Dialogue and Partnership Engagement
    Empowering PAFO and its members to engage with and drive policy dialogue with stakeholders is critical for promoting an enabling environment for the future of agriculture in Africa, both in terms of youth capacity and technology. This session will focus on strategies and priorities for developing, identifying and scaling up successful policy dialogue within PAFO and its members, and how partners can work with FOs to support this objective.
  1. Towards a PAFO Youth Strategy
    This session led by youth will aim at exploring a Youth Strategy for PAFO, identifying the key issues that can be addressed by the strategy and the priorities and strategic areas it should reflect. It will build on existing frameworks within its membership (for example, ROPPA’s Collège des femmes et des jeunes and SACAU’s Regional Young Farmers’ Forum). Strengths and weaknesses of the current approach will be discussed with a view to developing a clear plan of action to deliver a visionary, inclusive and sound Youth Strategy.

PARTICIPANTS AND EXPECTED RESULTS

The invited participants will represent the African Regional Farmers Organizations, Youth representatives, Co-organisers and development partners and experts/speakers on the selected areas, as well as Experts from relevant disciplines (ICTs, agribusiness, financial institutions…) and Partner organisations (local, regional, international).
Expected results are:
Exchange of experience around successes and potential opportunities for young farmers and entrepreneurs in agribusiness

  • Hands-on sessions on applications of smart-farming tools which facilitate production, market access and management of resources
  • Design of 1-2 regional projects for investment in youth in agribusiness
  • Innovation space for youth in agribusiness and PAFO Youth in agribusiness platform
  • PAFO Youth strategy designed

 Programme

Thursday 6 October afternoon (Conference Centre)
The 6th October afternoon is dedicated to ICT training especially training on the use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) for professional purposes.

Friday 7 October: Field visit (Nsawam – a district in the Eastern Region of Ghana)

The field visit, exclusive for CTA-supported participants, is dedicated to smart farming applications to visualise and better understand smart farming technologies accessible and affordable to farmers’ organisations and small-scale farmers.

Thus, CTA organises a field demonstration about the use of drones for agriculture. The demonstration will be carried out by different service providers, AIRINOV having headquarters in France and Uhurulabs in Tanzania. It will include presentations of hardware and software used; the launch of drones and observing them flying at different altitudes. Participants will be exposed to different types of drones (fixed wing and quadcopter) and flights at different altitudes which will generate imagery at variable resolutions and for different usages. The drone operators will explain how the devices are operated, data captured and analysed.

Saturday 8 October

8:00-9:00       Registration

9:00-9:15      Introductory remarks: PAFO, CTA. AUC

 9:15-11:00 Panel 1: Youth Led Agribusiness Successes
This panel will discuss innovative and successful agribusiness cases and new business opportunities will be shown and explored with a focus on the factors for success, including the processes and partnerships which have supported these successes. Lessons learned, opportunities for scaling up and out, and potential replication of the successes will be a priority outcome for this session.

Panelists:

– Mrs Caroline Nabukonde (Uganda)
– Youth Participation in agro-processing in Malawi: The case of Lakeshore Agro-Processing Enterprise (LAPE)
Mrs Maness Ngoma Nkhata, SACAU Young Farmers Forum, Malawi
– Famers-led successful business models: lessons learned
Mrs Marie Joseph Medzeme, value chain expert, PROPAC
– Successes in youth-led agribusiness
Mr Ken Lohento, Coordinator, ARDYIS, CTA

11:00-11:15  Coffee break

11:15-13:00 Panel 2:  Investment in Agribusiness Services
Participants in this session will discuss key issues related to the provision of innovative, competitive and accessible agribusiness services for farmers. The challenges faced in service development and delivery, and the opportunities for investment by various stakeholders, particularly in the context of PPPs, will be explored. A key priority will be the identification of lessons learnt from successful initiatives, and action needed from farmers, FOs, private and public sectors to overcome bottlenecks and create incentives for greater innovation and scaling up of service delivery.

Panelists: Discussion on capacity building programme

-Mrs Stella Tsiko (Congo)
– Investment in Agribusiness Services: Starting and growing a business from limited resources – success factors
Mr Sibusiso Gule, SACAU Young Farmers Forum, Swaziland
– Transforming services delivering with data management
Mr Chris Addison, Senior Coordinatorm, Data4Ag, CTA

13:00-14:00  Lunch

 14:00-15:45 Panel 3:  Smart Farming and the role of young farmers and entrepreneurs
The goal of this session will be to advance the dialogue and share best practices on smart farming, mechanisation and technology-based innovations for farmers and agribusiness in Africa, improved uptake of appropriate data and ICT tools for African farmers, establishing better information baselines in respect of the technology needs of farmers, existing and successful agritech and mechanisation solutions. It will also identify partnership opportunities at various levels.

Panelists:
– Mr Michael Neligwa (Tanzania)
– Smart Farming and the role of young farmers and entrepreneurs: Smart Management of a poultry farm by a young farmer
Mr Teboho Mosebo, SACAU Farmers’ Forum, Lesotho
– UAVs for Agriculture: the potential for young farmers
Mr Giacomo Rambaldi, Senior Coordinator, ICT4Ag, CTA

 15:45-16:00  Coffee break

 16:00-17:45 Panel 4:  Enhancing Policy Dialogue and Partnership Engagement
Empowering PAFO and its members to engage with and drive policy dialogue with stakeholders is critical for promoting an enabling environment for the future of agriculture in Africa, both in terms of youth capacity and technology. This session will focus on strategies and priorities for developing, identifying and scaling up successful policy dialogue within PAFO and its members, and how partners can work with FOs to support this objective.

Panelists:

– The Impact of State and Organizational policies in promoting youth in Agriculture – the case of Southern Africa
Mr Benito Eliasi (SACAU)
– Youth in AR4D case study of the PAEPARD project
Mrs Marygoretti Gachagua (EAFF)
– Enhancing Policy Dialogue and Partnership Engagement: Linking Young farmers with Services providers – Sokoine initiatiave in Tanzania
Ms. Magdalene Shirima (SACAU Young Farmers Forum)
– Partnership engagement for PAFO youth
Fatma Ben Rajeb, CEO, PAFO
– Supporting young farmers in policy dialogue: opportunities and next steps
Isolina Boto, Manager CTA Brussels Office, CTA

 Conclusion 1st day.

Sunday 9 October morning

9:00-9:15      Wrap up of the 1st day

9;15-11:00  Working Groups / Plenary: Towards a PAFO Youth Strategy

11:00-11:15  Coffee break

11:15-13:00 Working Groups / Plenary: Towards a PAFO Youth Strategy (Continuation)

Closing

Lunch

Brussels Briefing 46: “Agribusiness development in SIDS: the potential of tourism-related markets”

The Brussels Development Briefing n.46 on the subject of “Agribusiness development in SIDS: the potential of tourism-related markets” was held in on 21st September 2016 Brussels at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels) from 09:00 to 13:00.  This Briefing will be organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat.

View the coverage on Twitter: @BruBriefings  and #Chefs4Dev

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Watch Chef Robert Oliver’s video on Pacific Cuisine, tourism and agriculture. Chef Oliver is a New Zealand chef who was raised in Fiji and Samoa. In 2013, Robert released “Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia” (Random House) at the request of the Prime Minister of Samoa. This book won the “Best TV Chef Cookbook in the World 2013” at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in association with his television series REAL PASIFIK- a series that travels across the Pacific Islands connecting chefs to traditional cuisine and indigenous agriculture. Robert is Chef Ambassador for Le Cordon Bleu, is a judge on the hit prime time cooking show “My Kitchen Rules” and is host for the Maori reality cooking show “Marae Kai Masters”


PROGRAMME

8h15-9h00 Registration

9h00-9h15  Introduction and Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]

 Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant-Secretary General of the ACP Group of States [video]; Matthew Brooke, Expert Private Sector Development, Europeaid, European Commission [video] ; H.E Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa, Coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform  [video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA  [video]

 9h15-10h45 Panel 1: Development of Agribusiness and tourism linkages in SIDS 

This panel with provide an overview of the current status of agribusiness in ACP SIDS, and rationale for linking to tourism markets.

Chair: H.E Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa, Coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform

Panellists:

– Linking agriculture, tourism and health though Agritourism policy-setting
Howard Aru, Director General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Vanuatu [presentation|video]

– Towards an agritourism strategy for Samoa: strengths and opportunities
Papali’i Sonja Hunter, CEO, Samoa Tourism Authority and Chair of the SPTO [presentation|video]

– Best practices in agritourism across the Caribbean
Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean [presentation|video]

Panel 1 Questions and Answers [video]

10h45-11h00 Coffee Break

11h00-13h00 Panel 2: Linking agriculture and tourism though collaboration with Chefs

This panel will look at specific examples of successful Chefs who promote local food to tourism markets and are ambassadors of the local and regional cuisine.

Chair: H.E Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa, Coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform

Panellists:

– Linking farmers to the tourism markets and promoting Pacific cuisine
Robert Oliver, Chef, Author and Television Presenter, The Pacific  [presentation|video]

– Opportunities in supporting the local industry and promoting agritourism
Charlotte Chan Mow, Chef, The Orator Hotel, Samoa [presentation|video]

– Celebrating Caribbean cuisine and culinary skills for youth
Peter Edey, Executive Chef, Barbados [presentation|video]

– Promoting local food and rich Haiti’s gastronomy
Stephan Berrouet Durand, Executive Chef, Culinary by Design, Haiti [video]

– Foodscape and food tourism in the Caribbean
Rosemary Parkinson, Culinary Author & Contributor, the Caribbean [video]

Panel 2 Questions and Answers [video]

Concluding remarks [video]

13h00 Networking Lunch

SIDS infographic