The last Brussels Development Briefing on the ‘Drivers of success for agricultural transformation in Africa ‘ was held on 2nd of October, 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.

Extra material:

Below you may find the programme of the event, photos, the presentations of the speakers, as well as other useful information:

Presentations & Videos:

In addition, below you can consult :

  • The video recording of the speeches
    The video registration of the entire briefing can be viewed online here.
  • The presentations given at the event
  • The summary of the speeches

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 [Video|Presentation|Summary]
Steve Wiggins, Researcher, Agricultural Development and Policy Programme, ODI

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

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

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

Debate for the first panel [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 [Video|Presentation|Summary]
Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute

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

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

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

Debate for the second panel [Video]

Concluding remarks [Video]

This event marked the 33rd edition of the Brussels Development Briefings – a regular event organized in Brussels by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and other partners – on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation.

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