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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Roundtable on sustainable agriculture

A Roundtable discussion on Sustainable Agriculture as a means of increasing resilience emanating the vision of West-African farmers will be held on 13th of June in Brussels.
The event is being organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), SOS-FAIM and the European Commission as a follow-up to the Brussels Briefing on Agricultural Resilience in the Face of Crises and Shocks held on 4th March 2013
Such an initiative will further advance the process initiated in December 2012, which should lead before the end of 2013 the definition of specific actions in favor of resilience in the countries involved in the AGIR initiative of actions in a concerted manner by States, civil society and technical and financial partners.
The debate will specifically revolve around sustaining increases in food production, gathering the positions of the main farmers' organizations in the region promoting multi-stakeholder engagement towards sustainable structural solutions to prevent food and nutrition crises. The reflections are based on existing initiatives coordinated by ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS.
The main objectives includes exploring ways to promote sustainable intensification for agricultural production in West Africa, as well as contribute to the implementation of policies promoting greater resilience for vulnerable 
populations. Similarly such meetings provide an ideal communication platform, acting as voice for West African farmer organizations to present their vision for agricultural 
development in the region.

Source: CTA Brussels