TBT Programme invited by the European Commission at the Expo Milano 2015

Posted on: November 12, 2015

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DG Agriculture & Rural Development and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States invited the TBT Programme to participate in the two-day event on “Agribusiness investment in partnership with farmers’ organizations in ACP countries” that took place on October 14-15, 2015 in Milan, Italy.

The event was organised by the European Commission, in partnership with the African Union Commission, the ACP Secretariat, UNIDO, the Pan African Farmers' Organisation (PAFO), the European Investment Bank, the COLEACP and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

On the day 1, 3 workshops were organised around the themes of Trade and export opportunities, Value addition, Access to finance. On the day 2, a High Political Level Seminar took place in the EU Pavilion of Expo Milano 2015.

150 representatives of ACP and European farmers’ organisations, international organisations, major donor institutions, NGOs and private sector participated in the event.

The event focused on showcasing successful examples of value chain management developed and driven by farm organizations, and strategies for value addition and marketing initiatives for youth and women. The workshops were facilitated by CTA, COLEACP and the European Investment Bank and discussed on the three main themes of:

Facilitating trade and market access for agricultural products through improved organisation of value chain actors;
Investing in value added agri-food chains for sustainable and inclusive development;
Financing to facilitate agribusiness investments.

The key insights from the 3 workshops were presented during the High Political Level Seminar on the “Way forward to a common vision for agribusiness investments in partnership with farmers' organisations in ACP Countries”. The EU Commissioners Mr Phil HOGAN, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and Mr Neven MIMICA, European Commissioner for International Development and Cooperation, and the AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Ms Rhoda Peace TUMUSIIME, took part to the Seminar that was chaired by Mr Michael HAILU, Director of CTA.

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