Introduction to the 7th Brussels Development Briefing: Food prices

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Presentation by Isolina Boto (CTA) at the 7th Brussels Development Briefing - Brussels, 16 October 2008

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Introduction to the 7th Brussels Development Briefing: Food prices

  1. 1. <ul><li>Brussels Rural Development Briefings A series of meetings on ACP-EU development issues </li></ul><ul><li>Briefing session n° 7: </li></ul><ul><li>Rising Food Prices: an opportunity for change? </li></ul><ul><li>Brussels, 16 th October 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>8h30 – 12h30 </li></ul><ul><li>http://brusselsbriefings.net </li></ul>Co 2 offset through
  2. 2. <ul><li>Rising Food Prices: an opportunity for change? </li></ul><ul><li>Introductory remarks </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Hansjörg Neun, Director of CTA </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. Lluis Riera, Director, DG Development, European Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Sir John Kaputin, Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat </li></ul><ul><li>Jacques Diouf, Director -General FAO from Rome </li></ul><ul><li>Programme and Objectives of the Meeting, Ms Isolina Boto, CTA </li></ul>Co 2 offset through
  3. 3. <ul><li>Context – Alarming signs for ACP </li></ul><ul><li>The world food prices have doubled in the past 3 years, while witnessing alarming peaks </li></ul><ul><li>A lthough more cereal per capita is produced, some one billion people can no longer afford it </li></ul><ul><li>Competition between food and fuel and combined effects of climate </li></ul><ul><li>We face a global fuel, food and financial crisis and financial crash could deepen food crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Will support measures/safety be in place? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Context – New threats </li></ul><ul><li>According to FAO, countries most affected, </li></ul><ul><li>especially in Africa, will need at least a total of </li></ul><ul><li>US$1.7 billion to start reviving agricultural systems </li></ul><ul><li>that have been neglected for several decades. And </li></ul><ul><li>this amount is just for immediate and short term </li></ul><ul><li>measures during 2008-2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Will funding follow? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>New Opportunities? </li></ul><ul><li>Reversing the decades-long decline in investment in agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Pushing for investment in agriculture and irrigation, access to technology and well-functioning marketing and credit systems </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening the key role of information and cooperation related to food and markets </li></ul><ul><li>Will political will follow? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Objectives of this Briefing </li></ul><ul><li>To raise awareness on key challenges </li></ul><ul><li>To promote exchange of information and expertise </li></ul><ul><li>To feed in the debate on food crisis by bringing various perspectives </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Panel 1: Rising food prices: trends and impacts </li></ul><ul><li>What are the causes, trends and impacts of the </li></ul><ul><li>food prices crisis with a special focus on ACP </li></ul><ul><li>countries and on the small-scale farmers. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the immediate actions taken or needed </li></ul><ul><li>to respond to the most urgent needs? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Panel 2: Food for all: achieving a long term resiliency </li></ul><ul><li>What are the best policy options and actions at </li></ul><ul><li>international, regional and national level for the </li></ul><ul><li>medium and long term to ensure food security for </li></ul><ul><li>the most vulnerable households and market stability </li></ul><ul><li>for ACP economies? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Target group </li></ul><ul><li>145 ACP-EU policy makers, representatives of EU </li></ul><ul><li>and ACP Member States, European Parliament, </li></ul><ul><li>civil society groups, researchers and development </li></ul><ul><li>practitioners, international organisations based in </li></ul><ul><li>Brussels. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Participants
  11. 11. <ul><li>Inputs/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>A Reader/Resources on Food crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of key issues </li></ul><ul><li>Documents available online </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Acronyms </li></ul><ul><li>Glossary </li></ul><ul><li>… To be complemented and further developed </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Online resources </li></ul><ul><li>Read presentations, consult documents, </li></ul><ul><li>listen to interviews, view videos, make </li></ul><ul><li>comments before, during and after </li></ul><ul><li>the meetings at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://brusselsbriefings.net/ (English) </li></ul><ul><li>http://bruxellesbriefings.net (French) </li></ul>

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