Brussels Briefings in the News

Press, media and other coverage of the Brussels Briefings.


‘Precision farming – the way to go for Africa’, The Southern Times

It is not wise and sustainable to continue practising conventional agricultural methods, such as ploughing and loosening the soil before planting as it puts stress on land resources and is worsened by effects of climate change, says global agricultural experts who convened in Brussels, Belgium, last week. The meeting brought together participants from the ACP-EU (Caribbean and Pacific countries and the European Union) technical centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the European Commission, the EU Presidency, the ACP Group, Concord, and other partners on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU-ACP cooperation. Read More | Brussels Briefing 45 


‘Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships’ Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

…The Briefing focused on “Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships” and was held on 20th May 2015, organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission, Concord in collaboration with the IFPRI-led CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). Policy-makers and representatives of EU Member States, civil society groups, research networks and international organisations came together to discuss the key challenges and new opportunities to strengthen linkages between agriculture and nutrition in ACP countries. Read More | Brussels Briefing 41 

‘Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership, and partnerships’, CGIAR

This week, A4NH joined together with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in co-hosting the latest in a series of Brussels Briefings entitled, Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership, and partnerships. The Brussels Briefings are a platform for engaging in discussion on key issues and challenges for rural development, with an emphasis on cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Group of States (ACP). Read More | Brussels Briefing 41 

‘Brussels Briefing “Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?”’, Ben Schaap, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition

On Wednesday 18 February a ‘Brussels Briefing‘ on the subject of ‘the next revolution for agriculture in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries’ was held which was of interest to the GODAN partner network. The programme included invited speakers from government, sector representatives and researchers who shared their thoughts on the future of data use in ACP countries. Read More | Brussels Briefing 40

‘Agriculture’s Data Revolution’ Capacity4Dev Coordination Team

…The amount of data created through mobile phones, internet use and other digital transactions is growing exponentially. Participants at the 40th Brussels Development Briefing co-organised by CTA, DEVCO, ACP Group and Concord on Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries met recently to discuss how this so-called ‘Big Data’, including weather reports, online purchase records and GPS information, can assist farmers in developing countries. Read More | Brussels Briefing 40


‘How to Fight Illegal Fishing’, Capacity4Dev Coordination Team

…Experts from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries recently met in Brussels to discuss how the European Union and ACP countries can address this global problem…Read More | Brussels Briefing 38

‘EJF presents at Brussels event on successes in fighting illegal fishing’, Environmental Justice Foundation

….Presenters at the Brussels Briefing discussed the trends, successes and challenges in combating pirate fishing in Africa, with Fiji’s and Guinea’s efforts to tackle pirate fishing being used as case studies. Read More | Brussels Briefing 38

‘CTA: Transforming Agriculture « Critical » to Future Growth in Africa’, afronline

 The African Union’s Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture and Tanzania’s Minister for Trade and Industry joined CTA Director Michael Hailu and a panel of experts, policy-makers and investors in Brussels today to discuss the role of agriculture in Africa’s economic transformation. The meeting was the latest in CTA’s series of ‘Brussels Briefings.’  Read More | Brussels Briefing 36

‘Ousmane Badiane talks Agricultural Growth recovery and Economic Transformation in Africa’, IFPRI

On october 2013, Ousmane Badiane held a presentation on “the successes in agriculture and structural transformation in Africa” as part of the Brussels Briefing on the ‘Drivers of success for agricultural transformation in Africa’ organized by CTA Brussels at the Borschette Congress Center in Brussels. In this CTA Brussels video interview,Ousmane Badiane , IFPRI’s Director for Africa tells us more about the agricultural growth recovery and economic transformation in Africa. Read More | Brussels Briefing 33 


‘Brussels Briefing 34: Farmer-driven research’, ProLINNOVA

Experiences and policy messages from Prolinnova and various other initiatives – including JOLISAA (Joint Learning in Innovation Systems in African Agriculture) and CoS-SIS (Convergence of Sciences: Strengthening Innovation Systems) – were presented at the CTA Brussels Briefing on “Farmer-driven research to improve food and nutrition security” on 14 November 2013. This was co-organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Brussels office and INSARD (Including Smallholders in Agricultural Research and Development), an EU-funded project coordinated by ETC Foundation in the Netherlands. Read More | Brussels Briefing 34 

‘Agriculture in Africa: The ‘cow’ that feeds the family’,  Eva Donelli, DEVEX

The agricultural sector’s growth has lagged behind national economic growth in Africa, according to an International Food Policy Research Institute study…Speaking at a Brussels Development Briefing titled ”Drivers of Success for Agricultural Transformation in Africa,” hosted by the European Commission, Badiane explained how “negative diversification moved labor from underperforming higher productivity agriculture into the oversized lower production service sector,” and how the lack of an effective industrialization policy has “impeded growth in the manufacturing sector and forced specialization in low-value primary goods.”Read More | Brussels Briefing 33 

‘Aquaculture and adaptation to climate change’, AFSPAN

Rohana Subasinghe, Senior Aquaculture Officer, FAO, talks about the risks and challenges of aquaculture in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, and the specific situation of small-scale aqua-farmers…This video was presented at a session on “Aquaculture nutrition: addressing the long-term sustainability of the sector” as part of the Brussels Briefing “Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system” organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat. Read More Brussels Briefing 32 

‘Participation of PAFO and CAADP/NEPAD to Brussels Briefing’, PAFO

The 33rd Brussels Development Briefing was focused on the topic of “Agricultural Transformation in Africa”. Mr Martin Bwalya, head of CAADP/NEPAD has seized the… Read More Brussels Briefing 33 

‘African agriculture: lessons learned’, Future Agricultures

Future Agricultures researcher Steve Wiggins gave a talk on “African agriculture in a changing global context: lessons learned” at a briefing in Brussels on 2 October. The 33rd CTA Brussels Development Briefing on “The key Drivers of Agricultural transformation in Africa” is organised in partnership with NEPAD/CAADP.  Read More Brussels Briefing 33 

‘Brussels Briefing on Agricultural Resilience’, IFPRI

What are the key challenges posed to strengthen resilience in agriculture? On March 4, 2013, IFPRI joined CTA in collaboration with the ACP Secretariat, the EC/DEVCO, and Concord to organize 30th Brussels Briefing on “Agricultural resilience in the face of crisis and shocks”. This Briefing focused on identifying approaches to resilience and highlighting approaches and instruments around some key areas of special benefit to the small-scale farmers in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Read More Brussels Briefing 30 

‘Agricultural Resilience in the Face of Crises and Shocks’, Red Cross EU Office

Kingsley Kwenani, Food Security Officer, from the Namibia Red Cross, will be present and will focus on “Building community resilience: Namibia Red Cross approaches and successes”. The Namibia Red Cross introduced an integrated food security project in 2011 in order to address food availability and access as well as malnutrition and poverty within its programme areas. Read More Brussels Briefing 30 

‘Major fish farming potential in ACP largely untapped’,

While the global demand for fish is climbing faster than current resources can meet, aquaculture remains a largely underdeveloped industry in African, Caribbean and Pacific regions. However, experts speaking at the 32nd Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Brussels Briefing last week noted the “significant potential” of the sector across ACP (Groupe des Etats d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique) regions if the right policies are in place…Read More Brussels Briefing 32 

‘Caribbean Countries Consume High Significant Amount Of Fish Annually’,

The Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Milton Haughton, says while the region consumes a significant amount of fish annually, most of the commodities are imported. Haughton told the 32nd CTA Brussels Briefing that the region has a high per capita fish consumption with Antigua and Barbuda consuming 77kg and The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada and St. Kitts-Nevis consuming in excess of 30kg. Read More Brussels Briefing 32 


‘NRI participates in Brussels Development Briefing: Addressing food waste in times of crisis’, Ruth Leavett John Orchard, NRI

…A policy briefing in Brussels on June 26th on ‘food losses and food waste’ addressed some of the concerns that revolve around global hunger, food security, sustainability and waste recovery. Read More Brussels Briefing 28

‘Options to enhance resilience in pastoral systems: The case for novel livestock insurance’,  ILRI

Shirley Tarawali, director for institutional planning at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), gave a slide presentation today (22 Feb 2012) titled ‘Options for enhancing resilience in pastoral systems: The case for novel livestock insurance’, at a Brussels Briefing on New challenges and opportunities for pastoralism in ACP [Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific] countries. Rangelands, Tarawali told the participants at this policy briefing, have fewer than 20 persons per sq km and a growing period of less than 60 days/annum, making crop production impossible. Constituting the largest land-use system globally, rangelands cover some 35 million sq km and support almost 50% of the world’s livestock. Read More Brussels Briefing 26


‘Briefing reaffirms importance of agriculture and nutrition linkages’, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Last week’s joint event hosted by IFPRI and CTA highlighted the growing recognition about the importance of linking nutrition security to agriculture. More than 200 policy experts and stakeholders gathered to learn about and discuss the challenges of malnutrition and potential policy action to be taken. Participants represented a range of actors from embassies, international organizations, civil society and the Brussels development community at large. Read More | Brussels Briefing 23

‘High-level Brussels Briefing shows ways to combat food price volatility’,

The new Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) was one of the key items discussed at a Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility on 30 November. The Briefing brought together 170 actors from international organisations, ACP embassies, the European Commission, African farmers’ representations and civil society. In two panels, the Briefing debated the causes of food price volatility and presented a set of policy recommendations that can improve food security in ACP countries. Hafez Ghanem, assistant director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), presented the AMIS, recently endorsed by the G20 summit in October and located within the FAO. AMIS is tasked to improve agricultural market information and provide market development forecasts at national and international level. “It will produce regular reports on the international food market situation, not only for UN member states but as a public good for all,” Ghanem stressed. Read More Brussels Briefing 25


‘Hon Waven William, MNA for Grand Anse-Mahé, at CTA Brussels Rural Development Briefing on New Players and New Drivers in ACP Rural Development’, Seychelles Embassy, Brussels

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (ACP-EU) – held its 6th Brussels Briefing on 2nd July 2008 on the theme of “New Players, New Drivers in ACP Rural Development”. Hon Waven William, invited in his capacity as Seychelles Representative to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) and Co-Rapporteur for the JPA’s report on “Effectiveness of Aid and Definition of Public Development Aid”, participated as the Discussant for the third panel of the day. Read More | Brussels Briefing 6




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