1. In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA, West Africa, tells us more about the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security and the 10 percent national budget allocation to agriculture development.
    Sylla gives an update about the implementation and progress of Maputo commitments. He says we witness a clear change in West African agriculture, but we are still waiting to see the impact on the ground. He states that while the commitment to allocate at least 10 percent of national budgetary resources to agriculture and rural development policy implementation is actually met by several country, in many cases the major part of the funding comes from external donors.
    On the 2nd October 2013, Kalilou Sylla held a presentation on “the progress of Maputo commitments towards agriculture in West Africa” as part of the Brussels Briefing on the ‘Drivers of success for agricultural transformation in Africa’ organized by CTA Brussels at the Borschette Congress Center in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: brusselsbriefings.net/past-briefings/agricultural-transformation-in-africa/

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  2. In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Fernando Dos Santos, Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) tells us more about the the development of a geographical indications system in the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) countries.
    Dos Santos said that the majority of ARIPO member states are Least Developed Countries and their economies are mainly based on small-scale agriculture. The main issue for small farmers is the access to the markets. The Geographical Indication tool will contribute to add more value to their products. They will gain more attention and the access to market will be facilitated.
    On 15th May 2013, Fernando Dos Santos chaired a panel on ‘The way forward to protect value by marketing tradition and origin’ as part of the Brussels Briefing ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’ organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: brusselsbriefings.net/tag/traditional-products/

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  3. In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, John Malcolm Spence Senior Coordinator, Intellectual Property Issues, CARICOM Secretariat, tells us more about the concept of Geographic Indication (GI) and the opportunities it represents for the states of CARICOM.
    Spence states that GIs are key for protecting the additional value that some of the goods produced in the Caribbean have. He also says that GIs will bring investment capital in the regions where they are located and will consequently help to develop rural areas. He is convinced that more and more Caribbean products using GIs will soon arrive on the international markets and that they will be identified and valued by the consumers.
    On 15th May 2013, John Malcolm Spence held a presentation on “The Caribbean experience in protecting agricultural and agrifood products” as part of the Brussels Briefing ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’ organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: brusselsbriefings.net/tag/traditional-products/

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  4. In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Rohana Subasinghe, Senior Aquaculture Officer, FAO, talks about the risks and challenges of aquaculture in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, and the specific situation of small-scale aqua-farmers.
    Subasinghe advices to implement good management practices to avoid diseases. He points out the risks of diseases due to intensive concentrated production. Most of the fishes that we eat come from aquaculture and are produced by small-scale farmers. The challenge is to set up the required policies, regulations and institutional environment in the ACP countries to ensure aquaculture brings them a fair income, good nutrition and decent livelihoods.
    On 15th May 2013, Patrick Sorgeloos held a presentation on “Aquaculture nutrition: addressing the long-term sustainability of the sector” as part of the Brussels Briefing ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’ organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: bit.ly/YM9Q94

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  5. Lors d’une interview accordée au CTA de Bruxelles après le Briefing de Bruxelles ‘Géographie de l’alimentation : refaire le lien avec l’origine dans le système alimentaire’, Marie-Paule Rizo, directrice de la section en charge du droit en matière de dessins industriels et d'indications géographiques de l’OMPI (Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle), a souligné les éléments essentiels à l’élaboration d’un système pour protéger les indications géographiques et les produits traditionnels :
    • La volonté des producteurs de collaborer à un objectif commun
    • Voir un système d’IG comme un plan d’activité global
    • La patience

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