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Thursday, 11 October 2012

EDD panel: Growing a Better Future for Farmers

To improve information sharing and promote networking, the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with FAO, AgriCord and other partners will organise a high-level panel in Brussels on 16 October 2012, in the context of the European Development Days. Various panelists will give their perspectives on how they see the future of farmers in the context of new drivers affecting food production, trade and the environment.
Among the topics that will be discussed are: how policy factors influence agricultural production and the nutritional status of the poor in developing countries, how small-scale farmers can increase their productivity to feed a growing population, the economic drivers behind key policy decisions, the new policy challenges affecting food production and the role of traditional and emerging actors in the food system.
The objectives of the panel are to i) raise awareness on existing and emerging challenges on food policies ii) promote the exchange of information and expertise from various parts of the world, especially from developing countries iii) feed into the debate various perspectives on policy options, which have the potential to improve the future of farmers.
Speakers will come from different parts of the world, highlighting unique experiences: Graziano Da Silva, Director General, FAO, will address the audience from Rome in the context of World Food Day; Richard Greene, Mission Director in Bangladesh, USAID; Ruth Rawling, Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cargill; Piet Vanhemtsche, President, Agricord; Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA, Panafrican Farmer's Organisation, PAFO; Elisangela dos Santos Araujo, Federação Nacional dos Trabalhadores e Trabalhadoras na Agricultura Familiar (FETRAF), Brazil.
The panel will be webstreamed and will be available to watch here on 16 October 16.30 - 18.00 (CET).