Debating the ‘triple A’ initiative: Advancing African Agriculture

Brussels Development Briefings

More than 100 participants gathered in Brussels on October 17 to discuss the EC communication on “Advancing African Agriculture.”

Sir John Kaputin, Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat, and Lluis Riera, of DG Development, set the stage, contextualising the initiative and the role of agriculture in ACP countries.

From the European Commission, Lluis Riera focussed on three aspects: the rationale of the ‘triple A”; its key messages; and the mechanisms facilitating partnerships in the implementation.

The “AAA” initiative starts from the recognition that Africa cannot reach the MDGs if support to agriculture is not reinforced. It is vital to overcome the recent neglect of agriculture in development cooperation – in this regard the recent attention to agriculture by the World Bank is a positive sign; the CAADP process is a key instrument to achieve change.

The key message of the ‘triple A’ is that the main playing fields…

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