African agriculture: lessons learned

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Future Agricultures researcher Steve Wiggins gave a talk on “African agriculture in a changing global context: lessons learned” at a briefing in Brussels on 2 October.

The 33rd CTA Brussels Development Briefing on “The key Drivers of Agricultural transformation in Africa” is organised in partnership with NEPAD/CAADP.

The Briefing took place on Wednesday  2 October 2013 from 8.30 -13.00 (CEST).

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The video of the event is available to stream online.

Outline programme

Panel 1: Agriculture: a driving force for economic and social transformation in Africa

This panel will provide an overview of the potential of agriculture in Africa as an engine for growth and sustainable development.

  • African agriculture in a changing global context: lessons learned Steve Wiggins, Researcher, Agricultural Development and Policy Programme, ODI
  • Catalyzing Agricultural performance as a force for economic and social transformation Martin Bwalya, Head of the NEPAD Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme
  • Job creation and entrepreneurship development in rural/farming communities Wilson Songa, Agriculture Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
  • Financing African agriculture: perspective from the private sector financing institutions Hans Balyamujura General Manager AgriBusiness – Africa, Absa

Panel 2: Proven successes, best practices in African Agriculture

  • Successes in agriculture and structural transformation in Africa  Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Monitoring the progress of Maputo commitments towards agriculture in West Africa  Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA, West Africa
  • Domestic private sector engaging in agricultural-based PPPs: success factors Nana Osei-Bonsu, CEO, Private Enterprise Federation, Ghana
  • Corridors as a way to leverage private investments and PPPs Sean de Cleene, Senior Vice-President, Global Initiatives, Strategy and Business Development, Yara International (tbc)