Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries

Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries

We have a problem with the image of Africa
and this needs to change Erich Schaitza, EMBRAPA

27 October 2015. Brussels. The Brussels Briefing on “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” .

The Briefing discussed the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance South-South and Triangular cooperation. The Briefing : i) reviewed successes and the lessons learned from research and practice; ii) promoted the exchange of information on best practices and drivers of success; iii) fed into the debate various perspectives on policy options. It reviewed the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice. It looked at examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the
ACP.

Introductory remarks: Patrick.I. Gomes, Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States; Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit DEVCO/C1, Food security, rural development, nutrition EuropeAid, European Commission;Jean-Cyril Dagallier, Scientific Directorate, CIRAD; Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

Panel 1: South-South and triangular cooperation: what do we know?

Jean-Jacques Gabas

This panel reviewed the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice.

  • Is there a Chinese cooperation model in agricultural sector in sub Saharan Africa? ; Jean-Jacques Gabas, Senior Researcher, CIRAD [Presentation] [see also at the bottom of this blog post]

    Conditions of trust need to be created between the ACP states, bilateral and multilateral donors and emerging donors: far too many preconceptions on all sides. There is little dialogue or scientific cooperation with national and regional agricultural research centres. We must promote and pursue exchanges between Chinese, African and European researchers. There is a strong growth in the exchange of ideas and knowledge with Chinese researchers, policymakers etc. There are close contacts and porosity, and with numerous think tanks and internationally recognised scientific publications.

  • Cooperation between Brazil and Africa on agriculture : best practices ; Erich Schaitza, Expert, EMBRAPA, Brazil [Presentation]
  • Working with China in the Pacific: prospects for trilateral cooperation ; Denghua Zhang, Researcher, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Programme, Coral Bell School,
    Paul Thangatta fromEAFF identified issues
    of post harvest losses &and support from India

    Australian National University [Presentation]

  • Triangular cooperation and PPPs : the key role of the private sector ; Jéremy Rubel, Senior Consultant. Gannibal Consulting, France [Presentation]

Panel 2: Best approaches and partnerships in South-South cooperation
This panel looked at examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the ACP.

  • Food Purchase Programme (PAA) in support of Food and nutrition security ; Vincent Martin, FAO Representative, Senegal [Presentation]
  • Best practices in South-South and triangular cooperation with Mexico ; Carlos Cortés Zea, Expert, Mexico [Presentation]
  • Triangular cooperation in support of conservation agriculture ; Saidi Mkomwa, Executive Secretary, African Conservation Tillage Network, Kenya [Presentation]
  • East-Africa-India cooperation : new opportunities for farmers in ICTs ; Paul Thangatta, EAFF,
    5-7 September Nairobi: a three-day workshop,
    organised by FAO, Ministry of Agriculture and
    Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and the
    Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF),
    was held under the theme;
    “Cultivating Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Culture.”
    The e-Granary is one of our business models
    towards developing sustainable agribusiness with the EAFF.”

    Kenya [Presentation]

    In September 2015, EAFF requested FAO to support 15 leaders and farmers to India. The participants came from Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
    Purpose: Expose leaders of cooperatives/FOs from the Eastern Africa sub-region to success stories/best practices in India, especially on the promotion of agribusiness and agro-industry development strategies and approaches.

    Value Addition Culture: This is the missing link in East African Agriculture. 

    Transparency in milk marketing: farmers get receipts as soon as their milk is electronically tested

    Demand driven R+D available at the grassroots level.

    Visit of EAFF to India: (BAIF Development Research Foundation
    (formerly registered as the Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation),

    Today e-granary is under pilot in Kenya

  • Mary Adzanyo
  • South-South cooperation in the cashew industry in Africa ; Mary Adzanyo, Director Private Sector Development, GIZ, (ACi), Burkina Faso [Presentation]

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