12th May 2010: “Humanitarian Assistance and Rural Development in ACP countries”

The 18th Brussels Development Briefing on natural disasters, humanitarian assistance and rural development took place on 12th May 2010 (8h30-13h00) at Borschette Center.  108 participants discussed the Humanitarian needs and responses looking  at recent trends and challenges.  In fact, the earthquake in Haiti as many other recent natural disasters have highlighted the fragility of some States and the … Continue reading 12th May 2010: “Humanitarian Assistance and Rural Development in ACP countries”

Briefing “Biodiversity and Rural Development in ACP countries”: interviews of participants

Prof. Boot explains  the three missions of Tropenbos International: Research, Capacity Building and Dialogue to improve the managment of forests. He also points at the challenges faced by ACP contries in safeguarding the biodiversity of forests. Prof. Boot stresses on the necessity for ACP countries to consider forests as assests and not just timber. The … Continue reading Briefing “Biodiversity and Rural Development in ACP countries”: interviews of participants

The climate challenge for ACP agriculture – Audience reactions

What did the participants think of the discussions? We asked a few for their reactions. Barry Faure, Ambassador of the Seychelles in Brussels, mentioned the threat posed to his country by climate change. Environmental change manifests itself in excessive dry periods which already affect farmers and their crops and livestock. The Seychelles has already put … Continue reading The climate challenge for ACP agriculture – Audience reactions

Biofuels: curse or blessing?

The discussions and remarks after the panels are usually as important as the expert presentations themselves. Catching some impressions from participants, it became clear that biofuels provoke many reactions. Not surprisingly so, because it is an issue where the climate change mitigation efforts of industrial countries and the development efforts of poor countries directly intersect, … Continue reading Biofuels: curse or blessing?

Food miles or poverty eradication?

Benito Müller from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies explained the concept of ‘food miles’ to participants in the 4th Brussels Development Briefing. In contrast to other speakers in the panel who highlighted more beneficial potentials of climate change policies for developing countries, Müller emphasized how some environment policies can damage development. He strongly criticized … Continue reading Food miles or poverty eradication?

ENDA supports capacity building for climate adaptation

Dr. Isabelle Niang from the Energy, Environment and Development Team (ENDA TM) presented very practical examples of how capacity building and information interventions in ACP countries can support the adaptation to climate change. Talking at the 4th Brussels Development Briefing, she argued that communities in developing countries have very limited capacities to adapt to climate … Continue reading ENDA supports capacity building for climate adaptation

Trade as a tool to support climate adaptation

At the 4th Brussels Development Briefing, Mr. Melendez-Ortiz from ICTSD presented the potential of trade in the fight against climate change. “In Africa”, Mr. Melendez-Ortiz argued, “the cost of adaptation to climate change would consume at least 5-10% of GDP by 2080”. How can we use trade to avoid these immense costs of climate change … Continue reading Trade as a tool to support climate adaptation

Adaptation and pro-poor mitigation policies?

In his presentation to the 4th Brussels Development Briefing, Mark Rosegrant from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) explored how far climate change policies of adaptation and mitigation can foster development. He supported an optimistic view that, under certain preconditions, climate change strategies can finance pro-poor investment. The current climate injustice is terrifying: although … Continue reading Adaptation and pro-poor mitigation policies?

Climate change challenges for ACP agriculture

On 13th February 2008, 110 participants joined the 4th Brussels Development Briefing to discuss climate change - the threats and opportunities posed to ACP countries. In 2007, climate change emerged as one of the hottest debated topic at all levels of public, political and economic discussion. Since over 70% of disasters in ACP countries are … Continue reading Climate change challenges for ACP agriculture

13 February: The climate challenge for ACP agriculture

On 13 February, we held the fourth 'Brussels Development Briefing' - part of a series of discussion meetings on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation. The briefing discussed the theme: 'The climate challenge for ACP agriculture'. Speakers came from the EC, ACP Secretariat, Concord, ACP Farmers organizations, European … Continue reading 13 February: The climate challenge for ACP agriculture