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

Briefing “From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity”: video material on line!

The video recordings of the 15th Briefing session (“From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity”) are now available! (please click on the name of the speaker to watch his/her intervention): Presentation: Mrs Isolina Boto, CTA Introductory remarks: Mr Philip Mikos, European Commission Dr Hansjörg Neun, CTA Panel 1 - The domino effects of increased … Continue reading Briefing “From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity”: video material on line!

Briefing “ACP Rural Development: why Media matters?”: interviews of participants

  Mr Kole Odutola is teacher at the University of Florida. He emphasizes the need to concentrate the attention of the media on the people working in the agricultural area as they need not only mainstreaming but also support for growth. Professor Odutola questions whether the causes of the weak relationship farmers-media are due to … Continue reading Briefing “ACP Rural Development: why Media matters?”: interviews of participants

Briefing ‘The Role of Livestock for ACP countries’: interviews of participants

  Mr. Carlos Seré is the Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute. He presents his organisation’s aim of using livestock as a development tool to address poverty and food security. He highlights the strong potential of this meeting to raise issues in terms of the difficulties and the trade-offs between developing domestic vs. … Continue reading Briefing ‘The Role of Livestock for ACP countries’: interviews of participants

Briefing ‘SPS standards’: interviews of participants

  Relationship between private standards and the WTO’s SPS Agreement Mr Robson de Moura Fernandes (World Trade Organisation) presents the relationship between private standards and the WTO’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement. He mentions the development of discussions in the SPS Committee to date, how the issue emerged in the SPS Committee and is now … Continue reading Briefing ‘SPS standards’: interviews of participants

11th May 2009: “Meeting Food Safety Standards: implications for ACP agricultural exports”

The 11th Brussels Development Briefing took place on 11th May 2009 on “Meeting Food Safety Standards: Implications for ACP agricultural exports” (Centre Borschette, European Commission). This Briefing reviewed the product standards and technical regulations of importance to promoting economic growth and protecting the health and safety of consumers and the challenges posed by rising private … Continue reading 11th May 2009: “Meeting Food Safety Standards: implications for ACP agricultural exports”

Improving food security and right to food through land access

Given the increasing recognition of land issues in the development debate and the major challenge posed by the phenomenon of land acquisition, Mr Michael Taylor (International Land Coalition) concluded the meeting by stressing the importance to focus on people and notably on local land users. In this framework, he emphasized not only that local people … Continue reading Improving food security and right to food through land access

Increased pressures on available land

Panel 2 of the briefing focused on the recent massive increase in global commercial interest in land and natural resources and on the unprecedented pressures this is creating on land resources and land tenure systems. Lorenzo Cotula from IIED stressed the surge of investment flows to sub-Saharan Africa notably in the agri-food sector, driven by … Continue reading Increased pressures on available land

Land access: farmers want well negociated land reforms

Marius Dia (ROPPA, West African Farmers Network) stressed that for peasant farmers, the three main justifications of land reform are: - The recognition of genuine land rights for peasant farmers; - The creation of a land tax system in favour of rural communities; - The response to the land needs of urbanisation and the country’s … Continue reading Land access: farmers want well negociated land reforms