The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 51 on ”Agriculture as an engine of economic reconstruction and development in fragile countries ” will take place on 27 June 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels. This Briefing will be organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD.

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Background Note



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Biodata of the speakers (coming soon)


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08h00-09h00      Registration

09h00-09h15      Introduction to the Briefing

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant-Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat; Leonard Mizzi, Acting Director Devco C, Planet and Prosperity and Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA

09h15-11h00     Panel 1: Fragility and its implications for agriculture

This panel will share concepts and approaches to fragility, lessons learned from selected countries and the implications for the agricultural sector and the rural communities.


  • What have we learned about fragile states: challenges and opportunities
    Professor James Putzel, Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

  • Agriculture as a way to bridge the humanitarian–development–peace divide in fragile contexts
    Dominique Burgeon, Director, FAO Emergency and Rehabilitation Division
  • Investments in Agricultural private sector in conflict-affected or post-conflict countries
    Alexandros Ragoussis, Economist, Thought Leadership, Economics and Private Sector Development, IFC, World Bank Group

11h00-11h15 Coffee Break 

11h15-13h00     Panel 2:  Successful practices in agriculture in fragile countries

This panel will share successes from the field from selected fragile countries highlighting sustainable practices in production and market development and positive impact at local level.


  • Supporting local agrifood systems through cooperatives across Burundi
    Annick Sezibera, Executive Secretary, CAPAD, Burundi
  •  Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience building: the case of South Sudan
    Harma Rademaker, Programme Manager, Cordaid, The Netherlands

  •  Building resilience to mitigate the effects of future shocks in the agricultural sector in Somalia
    Katharine Downie, Head, Data Quality Assurance, M&E & Innovation, Worldvision, Somalia

Closing remarks

13h00     Light Lunch


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