UNIDO highlights importance of African diaspora’s innovation for agricultural productivity and sustainability

UNIDO highlights importance of African diaspora’s innovation for agricultural productivity and sustainability

BRUSSELS, 9 October 2018 – Under the patronage of Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, the African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE) organized a conference on 5 October 2018 for the Global Diaspora Week, which is dedicated to diaspora communities and their contributions to global development.

Under the theme “Boosting the Digital Agenda and Innovation for Development”, the conference featured numerous panels that presented achievements of the diaspora and of its partner organizations. During the introductory session, and while referring to the importance of Africa for innovation, the African Institute for Science and Mathematics’ Thierry Zomahoun said: “the future of the digital revolution is taking place in Africa. Africa is the cradle of innovation”.

UNIDO Representative to the European Union Patrick Gilabert presented the Organization’s programmes for adding value to agricultural products during a panel on the Diaspora innovations for Agricultural productivity and sustainability. “70 per cent of the world’s poor live in rural areas and agriculture is their main source of income and employment; at the same time, 80 per cent of the total employment lies in the agricultural sector, and the sector represents 85 per cent of exports,” said Gilabert. “However, there are important geographic divides between country’s agricultural productivity; UNIDO works to bring practical solutions to help low and middle income countries expand their agricultural production.”

EU Commissioner for Digital Single Market ICT Research and Innovation Lora Borissova stressed that “diaspora communities contribute immensely to country development and produce immense benefits to host communities.” In addition, the ADEAward was presented to Mahamadi Rouamba for his centre on numerical entrepreneurship, which works as an incubator for start-ups.

Take a look at the event's photo album here (from the African Diaspora Network in Europe).

For more information, please contact:

Patrick J. Gilabert

UNIDO Representative to the European Union, EIB, ACP secretariat, Belgium and Luxembourg

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