Brussels, 20 November 2014/ CTA/ ACP: Brussels Development Briefing n.39 on “Global food systems, local impact: the role of agribusiness and development partnerships in advancing African agriculture” will take place Tuesday 25th November 2014 (9h-13h) at the ACP Secretariat.

It is part of the Brussels Briefings organized by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission (DG DEVCO/DGAGRI) and Concord. The African Union Commission and BMZ/GIZ join as partners.

The transformation of the African agri-business sector is a key challenge to achieve food security and economic development. A differentiated approach to partnerships, based on the development of competitive local private sectors, is essential to boosting agricultural development in Africa.

In this context, the objective of this Brussels Briefing is to discuss strategies and approaches for harnessing the potential of development partnerships with the private sector to catalyse market development and productivity in African countries.

The outcome of this meeting should be a better understanding of the needs and constraints of the local agricultural sector and strengthen linkages between private sector and development cooperation. At the European level, the meeting would contribute to the development of a framework for dialogue and effective joint action with the private sector.

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Background Note and Programme