In an interview with CTA Brussels following the Brussels Briefing on ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’” - held in Brussels on 15th May 2013 -, Marie-Paule Rizo, Head of the Industrial Design and Geographical Indications Law Section at WIPO - The World Intellectual Property Organization - highlighted the key elements for establishing a successful scheme for protecting geographical indications and traditional products:
• The willingness of producers to work together towards a common goal
• Looking at a GI scheme as a holistic business scheme
The expert in the Financing of rural development at the Rural Hub - Abdoulaye Seye - was one of the representatives of farmers organizations present in Brussels on 13th June on the occasion of the roundtable conference on "Sustainable Agriculture as a means to increase resilience: the vision of West African farmers and producers", organized by the European Commission, the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), and SOS Faim.
At this event, the representatives of the farmers' organizations presented several initiatives and experiences in sustainable intensification of production in Senegal, Niger and Burkina Faso, aspects of rice marketing in Benin and Gambia, along with examples of financing in Togo and Mali.
The Rural Hub is a platform which works closely with the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) on the development of the agricultural policy in the region.
The development of the aqua-culture sector is one of the key priorities for the fisheries sector in the Carribean sector, Miton Haughton, executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), said in an interview with CTA Brussels.
Besides aquaculture, the other priority areas for the fisheries sector in the Caribbean region, as underlined by Haughton are:
• information base for planning and for decision making
• strengthen fisheries governance and management
• climate change related Disaster risk management
• strengthening marketing and trade
• the issue of Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
The fisheries sector plays an important role in the Caribbean Region – as far as food and nutrition, but also employment is concerned.
The level of per-capita consumption of fish is above the world average: 30 kg per person, compared to the world average of 18 kg per capita. In addition, the fisheries sector employs and supports well over 350.000 people, in the condition in which the Caribbean states are mostly small island with small populations.
Haughton will delve more into the topic of aqua-culture, and the sector’s importance for the Caribbean region at the next Brussels Development Briefing on Fish-farming. The Director of CRFM will present then Opportunities for aquaculture development in the Caribbean. If you want to see his – and other sector experts’ presentation- register now for the conference, which will be held next Wednesday, 3rd July.
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A l'occasion du dernier Briefing de Bruxelles sur la “Résilience agricole”, le CTA de Bruxelles a rencontré Sir Gordon Conway, Professeur de Développement international à l'Imperial College de Londres et s'est entretenu avec lui sur ce que nous savons et ce que nous devons savoir pour renforcer la résilience agricole dans les pays en développement.
Dans cette vidéo interview, Sir Gordon Conway évoque :
• la "Double révolution verte", qui implique la présence de deux aspects "verts" : d'une part, la culture d'espèces végétales et d'autre part, l'intérêt et les actions pour la protection de l'environnement.
• Pour pouvoir nourrir 1 milliard de personnes d'ici 2015, nous avons besoin de technologies qui intensifieront les rendements et nous devons nous assurer également que ces rendements sont durables. Cette intensification durable peut être obtenue au moyen de : l'intensification écologique, l'intensification génétique et l'intensification socio-économique.
• Il existe quatre principaux moyens de parvenir à la sécurité alimentaire mondiale : l'innovation, les marchés, le soutien des personnes et le leadership politique.
On the occasion of the last Brussels Briefing on “Agricultural resilience”, CTA Brussels met with Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development at the Imperial College of London to discuss on what we need to know in order to increase agricultural resilience in developing countries.
In the video interview, Sir Conway talks about:
• The Double Green Revolution, which involves two kinds of “green”, which brings both a plant growth, and an environmental concern and action.
• In order to feed 1bn hungry by 2015, we need technologies that will increase yields, but in such a fashion that the yields are sustainable. Such a sustainable intensification can be achieved through: ecological intensification, genetic intensification, and socio - economic intensification
• There are four main routes to achieving a food secure world, which are: innovation, markets, support for people, and political leadership.