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African Union - European Union agriculture ministerial conference, Rome

Het Colosseum in Rome
datum 21 juni 2019 09:00 - 17:45
plaats Rome, Italië
locatie Roma RMItaly Toon locatie
aanwezigen J.C. (Jean-Claude) Juncker, Ph. (Phil) Hogan e.a.
organisatie Europese Commissie (EC)

The third AU-EU agriculture ministerial conference will take place on 21 June 2019.

Watch live at 14:30 (CEST)

Agriculture, our future - promoting sustainable regional agricultural value chains

The conference will take place in the FAO premises in Rome and it will be co-hosted by the Africa Union Commission and the European Commission. AU Commissioner for Agriculture and rural economy, Ms Josefa Sacko and the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and rural development, Mr Phil Hogan are all expected to attend.

Building on the results of the successful previous conference in 2017, around 450 invited high-level representatives and stakeholders from Africa and Europe will debate on how to further unlock the potential for a positive rural transformation and an inclusive and sustainable agriculture and agri-food sector in Africa.

In the spirit of the ‘Africa-Europe alliance for sustainable investment and jobs’ called for by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in September 2018, knowledge transfer, sharing of good practices, reinforcing strategic policy cooperation and dialogue between the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU), should contribute to African job creation and to the development of its agricultural sector.

Thanks to years of constructive dialogue and cooperation, the partnership between Europe and Africa is based on long-term cooperation on jointly identified, mutual and complementary interests. The agriculture and food sector play a key role, given the central importance in the economy of most African countries.

Moreover, in May 2018 the Task force rural Africa (TFRA) was created to advise the European Commission on how best to contribute to sustainable development and job creation in Africa’s agri-food sector and rural economy.

On 7 March 2019, this task force presented its report with recommendations, grouped along four strategic areas for action

  • a territorial approach for income and job creation
  • sustainable land and natural resources management, and climate action
  • sustainable transformation of African agriculture
  • development of the African food industry and food markets

For further information contact: EU-AU-4-AGRI@ec.europa.eu

AU-EU agriculture ministerial conference - programme

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Session concept notes

Session 1: Concept note for the panel on agricultural investment

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Session 2: Concept note for the panel on agricultural research and innovation

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Session 3: Concept note for the panel on digital solutions in agriculture

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Session 4: Concept note for the panel on sanitary and phytosanitary standards and food safety

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Side event information

Side event 1: TFRA recommendations, with focus on climate action

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Side event 2: Continental strategy for geographical indications in Africa

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Side event 3: Africa Food Safety Agency

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Side event 5: Opportunities and benefits for women's engagement with the agri-buisiness development

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Side event 6: Modernizing Africa’s agricultural value chains

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Side event 6: Financing ETC

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Practical information


Friday 21 June 2019, 9.00 - 17.45 (CEST)


FAO Headquarters

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla

00153 Roma RM



Watch live at 14:30 (CEST)


French, English

Number of places


Who should attend

Officials from the European Commission and other EU institutions, FAO, UN, AU


Agriculture and rural development


Europese Commissie (EC)

Deze instelling van de Europese Unie kan worden beschouwd als het 'dagelijks bestuur' van de EU. De leden van de Europese Commissie worden 'eurocommissarissen' genoemd. Elke eurocommissaris is verantwoordelijk voor één of meerdere beleidsgebieden. Momenteel zijn er 28 eurocommissarissen, voor elke lidstaat één. Samen vormen zij het college van eurocommissarissen. De eurocommissarissen moeten het belang van de Europese Unie als geheel behartigen, niet dat van hun eigen land.

De Europese Commissie mag als enige EU-instelling wetsvoorstellen indienen; zij heeft het zogenaamde recht van initatief. Daarnaast controleert de Commissie of de Europese wetgeving juist wordt toegepast in de lidstaten, onderhandelt zij in internationale organisaties als de Wereldhandelsorganisatie (WTO) over de handel van de Unie met het 'buitenland' en is zij verantwoordelijk voor het beheer van de Europese begroting van ongeveer 140 miljard euro per jaar.


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