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Friday, 01 October 2010

Brussels Briefing on Financing Agriculture

Over 160 participants attended the 20th Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Financing agriculture’ on 15 September 2010 at the Borschette Center, Brussels, Belgium. As an input to the UN Summit on MDGs to be held in New York on 22-26 September 2010, the meeting discussed issues related to financing development in the context of agriculture and rural development. This included issues such as aid and overseas development assistance (ODA), taxation (domestic tax revenues), private investment (new donors), Private Public Partnerships and revenue generation. Speakers included representatives from the Imperial College in London, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa in the US, the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development.(CONCORD), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the African Development Bank (AFDB), , YARA, the Investment Facility of the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, African regional farmers organizations and CTA Director, M. Hailu. The discussions were moderated by H.E. Abdou Abarry, Ambassador of Niger and Ishmael Sunga, CEO of SACAU and the conclusions were made by H.E. Patrick Gomes, Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors.