The 17th Brussels Development Briefing on "Biodiversity and Rural Development in ACP countries" took place, at the Borschette Center room 2A, on Wednesday 10th March 2010 (8h30-13h00). The Briefing discussed the key role Biodiversity plays in rural development, especially for ACP countries, and issues such the relationship between poverty and biodiversity, the effects of biodiversity loss in hunger and … Continue reading 10th March 2010: “Biodiversity and Rural Development in ACP countries”
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!
The 15th Brussels Development Briefing took place at Berlaymont on 9th December 2009 (8h30-12h30) on the question "From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity", in the context of the new EC policy on Food security to be released. The Briefing examined the domino effects of increased speculation in food markets (How has the global food and … Continue reading 9th December 2009 – “From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity”
The Report and the Reader prepared for the Briefing on “Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: What opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?” held on 23rd September 2009 give a summary of the subject as well as resources and references available online. Consult the Reader Consult the Report Read more … Continue reading Briefing on challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries: Report and Reader available
Mr Alberto Portugal-Peres is an economist at the International Trade Unit-DECRG at the World Bank. He presents recent figures on the impact of the financial crisis on the world trade, which show a serious drop in ACP exports growth. He also gives us a view on the decline in FDI inflows to ACP countries … Continue reading Briefing on the opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries: interviews of participants
In his introductory remarks, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, pointed out the need to improve tenure security and a more equitable access to land since 1 billion people suffers hunger worldwide and around 80% of them depend on land. View Mr De Schutter's presentation (23'30").
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
Brussels, 16 October 2008: After a welcome by Dr Hansjörg Neun, Director of CTA, Lluis Riera Figueras from European Commission DG Development and Sir John Kaputin, Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat appreciated the good timing of this 7th Brussels Development Briefing. FAO Director General Jacques Diouf addressed the audience by video from Rome. Lluis Riera Figueras opened arguing … Continue reading Long term investments in agriculture essential to grasp and sustain opportunities
In his concluding remarks to the 7th Brussels Development Briefing on food prices, Professor Eric Tollens from the Catholic University of Leuven underlined that this crisis is an urgent wake-up call. Agricultural supply has been proven to have a low price elasticity; in other words the huge price increases only led to a low increase … Continue reading The food crisis: What needs to be done
What did participants at the October Briefing think of the discussions? We asked for some reactions: Pierre Berthelot, Director of the Coordination Unit for the All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme, underlined three main points. First, even if it's clear that we are seeing an increase in food prices, agricultural prices are actually declining over the … Continue reading Rising food prices: An opportunity for change? – Audience reactions