Commissioners Hogan and Andriukaitis participate in third #AfricanUnion and EU agriculture ministerial conference in Rome

| June 21, 2019

Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan (pictured) and Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis are participating today (21 June) in Rome in the third AU-EU agriculture ministerial conference. 

African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Josefa Sacko and Commissioner Hogan are formally hosting this high-level event which will result in the first ever AU-EU political declaration. It will include an action agenda on enhanced co-operation on agriculture, food and farming.

The agri-food rural agenda for the ‘Africa-Europe alliance for sustainable investment and jobs’, delivered by the Task Force Rural Africa in March 2019, will feed into the discussions throughout the day. It advocates for an Africa-Europe partnership operating at three levels: people-to-people, business-to-business and government to government.

Building on the results of the previous conferences in 2017 and 2016, representatives and stakeholders of the agri-food sector from both continents will discuss how to further unlock the potential for a more inclusive and sustainable agri-food sector in Africa.

These discussions will focus on strengthening the Africa-Europe partnership in key agri-food areas, such as agricultural investment, research and innovation with a focus on climate change, the digitalization of the sector and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) and food safety in the context of intra-African trade. Side events will also allow participants to delve further in thematic discussions on Geographical Indications in Africa, on financing African agriculture transformation and on opportunities and benefits for women’s engagement with agri-business development, for example.

The conference will be webstreamed. While in Rome Commissioner Andriukaitis will also hold meetings with Sacko, the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation of Egypt Professor Dr. Ezz el-Din Abu-Steit, Australia Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Executive Director Bernhard Url.

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