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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

EU Commissioner: CTA & COLEACP have agri expertise

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development  recognized the importance role that CTA and COLEACP plays in agricultural development. At the Milan Expo, Commissioner Hogan stated, "Our job as policymakers is to provide farmers and agri-businesses with the right tools (…) rural development and providing jobs and prospects for Africa’s youth must be a top priority. A thriving rural economy, based on agriculture, will give the coming generation the option to live and work in their home communities. (…) Under the guidance of my colleague Commissioner Neven Mimica, agriculture and rural development has become the chief focus of EU development assistance. (…) as Viwanou Gnassounou of the ACP Group of States has said, the ACP is developing new strategies on private sector and commodity strategies. We look forward to supporting these initiatives. (…) The Commission needs to work with key partners (…) To reach export standards, farmers need technical and SPS assistance, training and extension services. We have here today experienced bodies like CTA and COLEACP that have considerable expertise built up over the years.The next step is to achieve zero hunger– which is a key focus of the Malabo Declaration, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals agreed in September. The EU, ACP and African Union must work together to attract private sector investment for agricultural growth."

Source: coleacp.org