Greater co-operation for agricultural investments in Africa
Food security is a top priority for Africa, which is home to 65% of the world’s uncultivated arable land. But to realise this potential, focused action is needed.
This session examines first how the European External Investment Plan (EIP), along with other financial instruments, can support African agribusinesses, with a specific focus on creating decent jobs for youth, and then considers how to foster greater cooperation between European and African businesses to deliver on local potential. This dialogue will be supported by Sustainable Business for Africa (SB4A), a platform established as part of the EIP to facilitate cooperation and promote new alliances, while ensuring visibility, accountability and greater public awareness.
Questions to be addressed include:
- What are the main risks associated with agricultural investments in Africa?
- How can the public and private sectors increase sustainable and responsible investments for agricultural transformation?
- Restrictive non-tariff barriers to trade such as those related to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards are limiting. How can these be addressed?
- What mentoring programmes are available to help AU-EU agribusinesses cooperate better for mutually beneficial outcomes?
- What tools are needed to develop African country-level platforms for agribusiness?
Fadel NdiameWest Africa Regional Head, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA
Ibrahim Assane MAYAKIChief Executive Officer, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
Jennifer BLANKEVice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank
John CLARKEDirector, International Affairs, European Commission DG Agriculture
Mella FREWENDirector General, FoodDrinkEurope
Roberto RIDOLFIDirector for Prosperity and Planet, DG DEVCO