Launch of the Task Force Rural Africa report
Today is a great day for Africa and Europe: the launch of the Task Force Rural Africa report.
This is the first report to deliver concrete policy recommendations for the Africa-Europe Alliance.
Strengthening the EU-Africa partnership
The Task Force Rural Africa
, set up by the European Commission, aims to support the partnership in food and farming.
The Task Force consists of 11 members appointed in a personal capacity, with expertise and experience in agriculture, agri-business or agroindustry, trade, development policy or migration related issues and first-hand knowledge of the agri-food sector in Africa. Kees Blokland (managing director Agriterra) is one of the members.
The group of experts has worked on the following tasks:
- providing advice on how to accelerate impact, based on a better coordination with existing initiatives; and how to focus on boosting public and private investments in African sustainable agriculture
- examining how to best share knowledge and know-how to enable job creation and revenue-generating activities in rural Africa
- identifying strategies to promote and prioritise agricultural policy and regulatory reform in African countries (in line with the Malabo Declaration) and facilitate EU responsible private investments, to boost intra-African trade as well as exports from African countries
- identifying strategies to support African youth working in agriculture, agribusiness and agroindustry
In a clear factsheet you can see the key recommendations: