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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Key messages: Growing a better future for farmers

To improve information sharing and promote networking, CTA, in collaboration with FAOAgriCord and other partners organised a high-level panel in Brussels on 16 October 2012, in the context of the European Development Days. Various panelists gave their perspectives on how they see the future of farmers in the context of new drivers affecting food production, trade and the environment.
Topics that were discussed included 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, the role of youth and women in the agricultural sector and the importance of property rights to protect farmers’ land.
Speakers came from different parts of the world to highlight their experience: Graziano Da Silva, Director General, FAO, addressed the audience from Rome in the context of World Food Day; Richard Greene, Mission Director in Bangladesh, USAID; Rukia Nakadama Isanga, State Minister for Gender, Culture and Social Development, Uganda; Marcela Libombo, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique; Ruth Rawling, Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cargill; Kristian Schmidt, Director, Human Development Department, EuropeAid, European Commission; Piet Vanhemtsche, President, Agricord; Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA, Panafrican Farmer's Organisation, PAFO. The panel was moderated by Lanre Akinola, Editor of This is Africa, Financial Times.

The key messages that panelists agreed on were:
-    The lack of political will and commitment relating to issues of agriculture, especially, but not only because of the difficulties in implementing agricultural policies
-    The increasing need to support youth and women in the agricultural sector
-    There is a desperate need for private investments that are sustainable, in order to support countries that are struggling with food security
-    The need to increase respect for farmer leaders in developing countries
-    Challenges linked to changing patterns of food consumption, agriculture and economic growth will only increase globally

The panel was webstreamed and the video, photos and relevant documents are available online.
Read the tweets (@CTABrussels) that highlight the main statements.

Source: CTA