Launch of Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture

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The Montpellier Panel launched their new report ‘Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture’ on the 21st March at DFID, London and on 22nd March at the European Commission, Brussels.

Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture

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The Montpellier Panel presented their new report ‘Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture’ on Wednesday 21st March at the Department for International Development (DFID), London and on Thursday 22nd March at the European Commission, Brussels.

The report  aims to inform discussions related to key policy events in 2012 and will look broadly at agriculture’s role in supporting green growth, food and nutrition security, ecosystem services and climate change mitigation and adaptation, among others.

Sir Gordon Conway, Chair of the Montpellier Panel, said:

“Agriculture is back high on the political agenda, as more leaders are recognizing the key role which it can play in addressing many of the world’s most pressing challenges.  Policies and funding now need to better reflect African national and regional priorities, and build resilient agricultural programmes that fulfill the strong growth potential of the sector. The Montpellier Panel work will also suggest more and better ways for translating these discussions into meaningful interventions on the ground.”

The Montpellier Panel consists a group of ten experts from the fields of agriculture, sustainable development, trade, policy, and global development. It first convened at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in Montpellier in March 2010. 

Their first report “Africa and Europe: Partnerships for Agricultural Development”, highlights African priorities in agriculture and nutrition and makes recommendations for ensuring global food price stability and strengthening partnerships between Europe and Africa.

Montpellier Panel members include:

  • Gordon Conway (Chair), Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
  • Tom Arnold, Chief Executive, Concern Worldwide
  • Joachim von Braun, Director, ZEF, University of Bonn
  • Henri Carsalade, Chair of the ICARDA Board of Trustees and President of Agropolis Foundation
  • Louise Fresco, Professor, University of Amsterdam
  • Peter Hazell, Visiting Professor, Imperial College London
  • Namanga Ngongi, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • David Radcliffe, Senior advisor: Agricultural Research for Development, DG Development and Cooperation, European Commission
  • Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • Ramadjita Tabo, Deputy Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Observer)
  • Camilla Toulmin, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (Moderator)

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