CTA Brussels News

Information on key ACP-EU programmes and events relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries
September 2019 - No. 620


Join us at the next Brussels Briefing n.57: “Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security and nutrition”, 11 September 2019, 9h00-13h00, in Brussels

Organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid and the ACP Secretariat, the Briefing will discuss smallholder agriculture and its key role in delivering food security/nutrition, and sustainable food systems, as recognised in SDG 2.

Discussions will centre around the frameworks and processes needed to promote inclusive smallholder agricultural production that contributes to sustainable food systems.  Examples of successes from smallholders in various sectors and value chains will be used to make the case for further support to smallholder-driven agriculture, with an evaluation of the factors for success, their replicability, and potential for upscaling of best practices.
Speakers include:

  • Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Professor, Wageningen University
  • Nora Mc Keon, Professor, Rome 3 University, Italy
  • Roberto Ridolfi, Assistant Director-General, FAO
  • Elizabeth Nsimadala, President of PAFO and EAFF
  • Marco Dekker, MERL Manager STARS Program, ICCO
  • Mamadou Goita, Executive Director, IRPAD
  • Kola Masha, Managing Partner of Babban Gona, Nigeria
  • Annick Sezibera, Executive Secretary, CAPAD, Burundi

Featured CTA partner

Sir Gordon Conway, Member of Malabo Montpellier Panel and Professor of International Development, Imperial College  

Sir Gordon Conway is Professor of International Development at Imperial College London. He was previously Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for International Development, President of the Royal Geographical Society, President of The Rockefeller Foundation and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex. He holds a Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from the University of California, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University College of Wales. He was also the Chair of the Montpellier Panel between 2010 and 2016. Sir Gordon is a fellow of several universities among which the Universities of Wales, Sussex, Brighton, and of the West Indies. He is a Fellow of the America and World Academy of Arts and Science, recipient of the Leadership in Science Public Service Award and a Royal Medal from the Royal Geographical Society (2017). In 2002 he was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science by the University of Sussex.”
At the occasion of the Brussels Development Briefing n. 56 on ‘The Land-Water-Energy nexus and the Sustainability of the Food System”, held on 3rd July 2019, Mr. Conway shared his views on the close relations between sustainable agriculture and the water–energy–food nexus, particularly in African countries.
Watch Sir Gordon Conway’s presentation

Strategic Events

SADC SUMMIT 2019: Summit agrees on measures to stimulate regional development

A SADC Secretariat statement said yesterday that the signing ceremony took place during the closing ceremony of the 39th Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC).
The three programmes, which will be implemented by the SADC secretariat, were listed as ‘Support to Improving the Investment and Business Environment (SIBE), Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) and Support to Industrialisation and Productive Sectors (SIPS)’.
The SIBE Programme aims at archiving sustainable, inclusive growth and support job creation through transforming the region into a SADC investment zone, promoting intra-region investment and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), with a focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The Trade Facilitation Programme will contribute to enhancing inclusive economic development in the SADC region through deepening regional economic integration. Finally, the SIPS programme is geared to contribute to the SADC industrialisation agenda, improving the performance and growth of selected regional value chains and related services in the agro-processing and pharmaceutical sectors.
Jan Sadek, Ambassador of the EU to SADC, underlines that the three new EU-SADC programmes reflect the EU strategy towards Africa, as expressed in the EU-Africa Alliance for sustainable development and jobs. “We need to promote trade, to support conducive business environment, and to facilitate investment and industrialization in order to contribute to economic growth and decent jobs creation”, he stated.

Source: IPP Media, 19 August 2019


Kenya to Host 9th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government in December 2019

The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has announced that the 9th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government will take place from 9 to 10 December 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit is themed “A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism” and will be preceded by Ministerial Sessions from 6 to 8 December at the same venue.
The Summit comes at an auspicious time for the ACP Group as it prepares to finalise the Post-Cotonou negotiations as well as the revision to its Constitutive Act, the Georgetown Agreement. At the 110th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers which will precede the Summit, Ministers will appoint the next Secretary General for the term 2020 to 2025. The tenure of the current Senior Management Team expires on 28 February 2020.
Preparations for the summit are spearheaded by a Working Group composed of Ambassadors Daniel Dede of Central African Republic and Daniel Evina Abe’e of Cameroon (Central Africa); Grum Teshome Abay of Ethiopia and Omar Abdi Said of Djibouti (East Africa); Georges Chikoti of Angola and  Kaire M. Mbuende of Namibia (Southern Africa); Teneng Mba Jaiteh of The Gambia and  Abou Dosso of Côte d’Ivoire (West Africa); Maria O’Brien of The Bahamas and Sieglien Burleson of Suriname (Caribbean); Deo Saran of Fiji and Aunese Makol Simati of Tuvalu (Pacific).
The Working Group is chaired by Ambassador Jacob T. Kaimenyi of the host country, Kenya.

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Source: ACP, 8 August 2019

EU mobilises €9 million to tackle the food crisis in Haiti

The European Union has released €9 million in humanitarian aid in response to the deteriorating food and nutrition situation in Haiti. The humanitarian aid will cover the basic food and nutritional needs of more than 130,000 people living in the worst affected areas.
‘For the EU, the humanitarian situation in Haiti is not a forgotten crisis We are committed to providing vital support to the people hit by the food and nutrition crisis in the country. This assistance comes on top of the €12 million allocated in 2018 to address the urgent food and nutrition needs of Haitians,' said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.
The funds provided will benefit families living in the areas worst affected by the crisis and children suffering from acute malnutrition. Life-saving nutritional support will also be provided to over 5,000 children under the age of 5 who are suffering from acute malnutrition. In parallel, the EU will back measures to strengthen the analysis of the food situation and to improve the quality of the humanitarian response.
The European Commission's humanitarian assistance pays special attention to victims of forgotten crises, i.e. severe, protracted humanitarian crises where the people affected do not receive sufficient international aid, as is the case in Haiti. Haiti is the main beneficiary of the European Commission's humanitarian aid to Latin America and the Caribbean, having received €404 million in support since 1994.

Source: European Commission, 13 August 2019
European Union-Uganda Roadmap to Improved Investment Climate

In line with the Africa-EU Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs, the EU Delegation to Uganda in partnership with the Government of Uganda and the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) has engaged in a long-term initiative aiming at “Promoting EU and Uganda Private Sector Investments.”
The "EU-Uganda Roadman to Improved Investment Climate" outlines ways on how to tackle the main investment hurdles as seen by European and Ugandan companies in Uganda, identified as: Skills and Attitude; Access to Finance; and Governance and Corruption. 
The identified challenges are the result of a private-public dialogue between the EU and over 200 select EU and Ugandan businesses and public entities, initiated in November 2018, with the objective to identify key hurdles to private sector development. The discussions, conducted through thematic business breakfasts with seven completed as of 31 July 2019, also focused on ways to resolve them to improve on the business environment and the broader investment climate in Uganda.
In the course of this dialogue, over 20 remedial responses were proposed. These responses have been prioritised to form the roadmap, with the aim of generating concrete results within a two-year period. The process also confirmed that a constructive and effective private-public dialogue is essential for a sustainable development of the business environment. In response, a “Sustainable Business for Uganda Platform” (SB4U) is being created to ensure continued private-public collaboration and sustainable implementation of the roadmap responses by both European and Ugandan actors.
A summary of the roadmap is proposed below with more actions to be identified during implementation. This communication and the updated Jobs and Growth Compact for Uganda provide more details about the EU's approach in promoting sustainable economic growth and decent employment in the country.

Source: EEAS, 8 August 2019
EU allocates €465,000 to strengthen Ebola preparedness in Burundi

The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to spread in the east of the country with a high risk of a spill-over into the neighbouring countries. The European Union is stepping up its assistance to Burundi with €465,000 to further strengthen Ebola preparedness measures by authorities and aid organisations in the country.
Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, who is also the EU's Ebola Coordinator, said: ”To effectively fight the Ebola virus we do not only have to address the affected cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo but also increase our efforts to prevent the disease from spreading to neighbouring countries like Burundi. The European Union is therefore supporting ongoing Ebola preparedness measures in the country, including infection prevention and control. Everything possible must be done to avoid a further spread of the deadly virus.”
The new EU funding will be allocated through the World Health Organisation. It will strengthen the coordination, surveillance and response capacities to Ebola in high-risk districts in Burundi, close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. This new funding complements the existing financial support to the ongoing EU efforts in Ebola surveillance and awareness-raising via NGOs and UN.

Source: European Commission, 21 August 2019
K340mil EU grant to benefit East, West Sepik farmers

The rural farmers of East and West Sepik will benefit from a K340 million (€85 million) support grant from the European Union for agriculture development in the area.Prime Minister James Marape, while acknowledging the European Union (EU) for the support during the launch of the grant to the greater Sepik region programme in Wewak yesterday, said this would extend to other parts of the country.
“The K340 million to the country is not easy and I thank the EU ambassador, Ioannis Giokrakis Argyropoulus, and (his) staff for working very hard to ensure we received this grant,” he said. “This is the first of its kind and it’s coming into the East and West Sepik and will extend to Madang, Morobe, Western and other parts of the country – places where agriculture can grow well.”
The prime minister said cocoa production would benefit from the grant and vanilla, coffee, copra, palm oil, livestock and the rest of the agriculture sector would follow.
He acknowledged the former O’Neill-government for the input in securing the grant.
Argyropoulus said it was an investment for the benefit of all the people of PNG.
He said the grant was money from 500 million citizens of Europe and was one of the largest and biggest investments not only in PNG but the Pacific region.
Opposition Leader and Aitape-Lumi MP Patrick Pruaitch said the EU’s recognition of the agriculture potential of the Sepik region was a strategic helping hand.
“The agriculture sector has been and will continue to be the backbone of our developing economy and our society as it accounts for up to 40 per cent of gross domestic products (GDP),” he said.
“The resource sector driven primarily by mining and petroleum, currently brings in a greater portion of our export earnings but can we agree that agriculture is still and will continue to be the main source of employment, disposable income and livelihoods for most of our people.”Pruaitch thanked the EU for the generous and timely support to the people of Sepik and the country.
East Sepik Governor Allan Bird also acknowledged EU’s support and asked the people of Sepik region to work towards ensuring the programme bore fruit.

Source: The National, 21 August 2019

Key resources

Science for the AU-EU Partnership: Building knowledge for sustainable development

The report focuses on the African dimension of the partnership. It explores the opportunities and challenges arising from the fact that Africa has over twice the population of the European Union (EU), is the world's most youthful continent, has an economy that is growing faster than that of the EU, is almost seven times larger geographically, yet is vulnerable to diverse internal and external stresses

Source: Publications Office of the EU

The WLE 2018-19 Annual Report

Finding the right solutions puts sustainable agriculture within reach: Sustainable agriculture faces a constellation of ever-shifting challenges. Our world’s population grows toward ten billion, but there is now indisputable evidence of multiple serious social and environmental impacts caused by current agricultural and food systems.



Brussels Development Briefing n. 57: “Smallholder agriculture: key to food security/nutrition and sustainable food systems”
The briefing will be held in Brussels on Wednesday 11th September 2019 (9h00-13h00) at the ACP Secretariat, 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C.
Online registration is required and is linked to the website where all documents are regularly posted.
The Briefing will also be web-streamed:
2019 African Diaspora Agro Food Forum
13-14 September 2019
Meise Botanical Gardens, Belgium
European Research and Innovation Days
24-26 September 2019
Brussels, Belgium
CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum and Authentic Caribbean Trade Expo
26 Sep - 28 Sep 2019
Union Halle Frankfurt, Germany
Click here for more info
European Week of Regions and Cities
More than six thousand people from all over Europe are expected to join the European Regions and Cities, this year under the headline "Regions and Cities: Pillars of the EU's Future".
7-10 October 2019
Brussels, Belgium
Registration Info
Food 2030: Nourishing people and nurturing the planet through sustainable health diets for all
Event organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
16 October 2019
From 13:00
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Briefing n.58 -  The opportunities of Regional Trade
23 October 2019
Brussels, Belgium

The 2019 EU Agricultural Outlook Conference
The Conference is a key annual opportunity for European stakeholders to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges that lie ahead.
10-11 December
Brussels, Belgium

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