Policy Dialogue on African food systems and the EU Farm to Fork Strategy: (un)intended impacts?

Join this online session for the second in the series of policy dialogues on the external perspectives of the EU’s Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy.

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Date
30 Nov 2021
Organizer
FoodFIRST & The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
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Time: 15:00 – 16:30 CET.

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Location
Online
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On 11 December 2019, the European Commission announced the European Green Deal to transform the EU into the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. At the heart of this Green Deal is the 2020 ‘Farm to Fork (F2F)’ strategy which aims to accelerate the EU’s transition to a sustainable food system, while also promoting the global transition. As a result, the strategy will have a global impact on food and agricultural supply chains. During this session, not only will the F2F strategy's impact on African food systems be discussed, but also how EU and Dutch policy instruments can be mobilised – including trade policy, investment facilitation, development assistance, and international diplomacy – to support developing countries' efforts to improve the sustainability and resilience of their own food systems.

Join this online session for the second in the series of policy dialogues on the external perspectives of the EU’s Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy. The first session discussed the impact study of the US Department of Agriculture, which analysed the economic consequences of several proposed targets in the F2F strategy based on three strategy adoption scenarios, finding a reduction in global agriculture production, higher food prices, less trade, and increased global food insecurity by 2030, particularly in Africa. Read our report of the first session with USDA here.

This session will zoom in on the implications of greening Europe for Africa’s food systems, its food security and its smallholder farmers. Given the interconnectedness of the trade and food systems on both continents, there will also be a discussion about the (un)intended impacts for Africa and policy responses to any spillover effects of the F2F strategy. To promote this objective foodFIRST has teamed up with ECDPM.

Speakers for this session are Koen Dekeyser, Policy Officer ECPDM and co-author of the thought-provoking briefing note “A greener Europe at the expense of Africa and Professor Ken Giller, renowned agroecologist and Professor Plant Production Systems within WaCASA (the Wageningen Centre for Agroecology and Systems Analysis) whose research has focused primarily on smallholder farming systems in sub-Sahara Africa. The session will be chaired by Gabriéla Versteeg, Manager Agri-advice at Agriterra.

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