27 May 2020. This is the second edition of the “FAO Brussels Dialogues”, a new concept launched by the FAO Liaison Office in Brussels to share FAO’s expertise with the European Union, policymakers, academia, civil society, private sector and other partners and stakeholders. The FAO Brussels Dialogues are online events regularly taking place with a diverse panel of speakers focusing on current themes pertaining to food and agriculture that invite a global audience to interact and participate.
With over 60 percent of the African continent’s population in rural areas and dependent on smallholder or family farming, the risk from the COVID-19 pandemic to food supply chains, market access and nutrition is high. Lockdown measures have disrupted internal supply chains halting food production. Locust swarms continue to devastate crops in East Africa.
- Rodrigo de Lapuerta – Director, FAO Liaison Office with the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium
- Laurent Thomas, FAO Deputy Director General
- H.E. Josefa Sacko – Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union (AU)
- H.E. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti – Secretary-General, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)
- Marjeta Jager – Deputy Director-General, European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)
- Marc Tarbella, Member of the European Parliament and the European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and malnutrition
- Abebe Haile-Gabriel, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, FAO
- Máximo Torero Cullen – Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development, FAO
- Dejene Tereza – Director Agribusiness Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- Dominique Burgeon – Director, Emergency and Rehabilitation, FAO
- H.E. Teneng Mba Jaiteh – Chair of the OACPS Committee of Ambassadors and Ambassador of The Gambia to the European Union