Location: CityCube Berlin, Level 3
Relations with Africa have gained a high profile on the EU external action agenda. The outcome of the 5th Africa-EU Summit in November 2017, and the joint declaration that will guide our cooperation till 2020, acknowledged that cooperation in agriculture will be crucial for a sustainable future.
The European Union is engaging with Africa beyond “business as usual”, re-thinking the traditional development cooperation model to complement EU development assistance and trade relations with a stronger focus on ‘investments and policy dialogue’.
The European Commission Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation set up a Task Force Rural Africa (‘TFRA’) in spring 2018. The TFRA consists of 11 members with high-level expertise and experience in agriculture and rural development in Africa and in Europe.
This group of experts has been asked to provide expertise, advice and recommendations in relation to strengthening the EU-Africa partnership in food and farming activities, including the use of digitalisation in job creation in rural Africa.
TFRA chairperson, Mr Tom Arnold, will provide an overview about the work of the Task Force and present the proposals and recommendations for discussion with the participants of the “Fachpodium”.