This workshop (Brussels, 10/04/2013) is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Directorate-General Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid. The objective of the workshop is to assess the potential of Africa-EU business cooperation to support the development of agri-food enterprises in Africa as a means of strengthening food security and creating wealth in rural communities across the continent.
The workshop will look at the various components of agriculture food chains – from enhancing productivity at farm level, to upgrading value chains by empowering farmers’ organisations and integrating them in strategic partnerships. It will look at how to respond to local, regional and international demand by adding value to commodities and at the roles of research, technology and innovation in the food chain, as well as access to finance, models of Public Private Partnerships, and the state of the (rural) infrastructure.
The workshop will bring together stakeholders from Africa and Europe, representing Governments, the private sector, civil society and academia and think tanks. Participation in the workshop is on invitation only. The proceedings of the workshop will be published on this website shortly after the event. Draft programme: programme_en