The next Brussels Briefing on the subject of “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” will take place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 from 9:00h to 13:00h at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C ). The will discuss the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance South-South and Triangular cooperation. The Briefing will: i) review successes and the lessons learned from research and practice; ii) promote the exchange of information on best practices and drivers of success; iii) feed into the debate various perspectives on policy options.
The Brussels Briefing on ‘Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development’ took place on Thursday 17 September 2015 at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat. Five women: three from sub-Saharan Africa, one from the Caribbean and one from the Pacific region, gave fascinating accounts of starting and managing agribusinesses. They talked about the factors that had driven their success and the challenges they face. Read the stories: Lovin Kobusingye, Kati Farms, Uganda; Simone Zoundi, Sodepal, Burkina Faso; Alberta Vitale, Women in Business Inc., Samoa;Rosemund Benn, Pomeroon Women’s Agro-Processor Association, Guyana; and Tepsy Ntseoane, Eve’s Eden, South Africa.
Plantwise is a global programme led by CABI, which works to help farmers lose less of what they grow to plant health problems. Working closely with national agricultural advisory services Plantwise establishes and supports sustainable networks of plant clinics, run by trained plant doctors, where farmers can find practical plant health advice. Plant clinics promote two way flows of information between farmers and plant doctors. This helps smallholder farmers improve livelihoods. Clinics also record details for the Plantwise Knowledge Bank with the aim to establish an Early Warning System.
The historical ties between the EU and Africa have undergone significant change in the past decade. While development aid remains an instrument for engagement with the African countries, security concerns and economic relations have gained traction. While the EU, as a bloc, remains Africa’s largest trading partner, it is facing increasing competitive pressures from the United States and China. At this roundtable organized by the German Marshall Fund, Secretary General of the ACP explained the need to deconstruct the discourse and recognize that trade in commodities have not brought economic transformation in ACP countries.
The EU-ACP Partnership Agreement expires in 2020. To facilitate a well-informed, evidence based and multi-actor dialogue on the future of this relationship, ECDPM initiated an independent political economy analysis (PEA) of the ACP-EU partnership. This type of analysis does not look at “what should be done” to revitalise the relationship but at “what kind of reforms are feasible” in the current political and institutional context. It is hoped that this will help parties to ensure that future cooperation arrangements are fit for purpose to deal with the international cooperation challenges of the 21st century.