The last Brussels Development Briefing on the ‘Farmer-driven research to improve food and nutrition security’ was held on 14th of November, at the Jacques Delors Building (in Brussels).
More than 100 participants discussed successes and shared lessons from the farmer-led agricultural research, by emphasizing its impact on the livelihood of the people and its key role to improve food and nutrition security.
The event consisted of two different parts. The first provided an overview of the key concepts, challenges and opportunities for agricultural research and development (ARD) to respond to smallholders’ needs and own initiatives. It discussed what is needed to support participatory processes and enhance the capacities of farmers to innovate and develop appropriate systems of resource management to achieve food security, sustain their livelihoods and safeguard the environment using indigenous knowledge and creativity. It showed the positive trends and the needed drivers for sustained growth and inclusiveness. The second panel presented concrete examples of farmer-driven ARD successes from the field, highlighting the lessons learned and good practices of partnership between smallholders and other actors in ARD.
In case you have missed it, the video recording is available here. On the page of the 34th Briefing, you may find the full programme of the event, a background research, the presentations of the speakers, the photos taken during the panels, as well as other useful information.
This event marked the 34th edition of the Brussels Development Briefings – a regular event organized in Brussels by CTA – in collaboration with the European Commission, the ACP Group, and other partners – on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation.