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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Brussels event to look at opportunities and challenges of Africa-EU business cooperation for agriculture development

BRUSSELS, 10 April 2013 – Opportunities for and challenges of Africa-EU business cooperation in support of developing agri-food enterprises in the continent as a means of strengthening food security and creating wealth in rural communities will be the focus of an event in Brussels today.

The workshop was organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Directorate-General Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid, and supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

UNIDO Director General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, will deliver a keynote speech and present  his proposals to develop a vibrant agribusiness sector in Africa in partnership with the EU, on the basis of the book he co-authored: Opens external link in new window“Agribusiness for Africa’s prosperity”.

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' organizations and integrating them in strategic partnerships.

More than 200 participants from public and private sector of Africa and Europe will also discuss how to respond to local, regional and international demand by adding value to commodities as well as the roles of research, technology and innovation in the food chain, access to finance, models of public private partnerships, and the state of the rural infrastructure.

The workshop will be live streamed on the Commission's webcast portal http://webcast.ec.europa.eu/eutv/portal/index.html 

The full programme of the event is available Opens external link in new windowhere