Donor or competitor? European Agricultural Development Cooperation in Africa
29 October 2013
University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, R.002 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerpen
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Organization / co-organization:
IOB, USOS, MO*
Debating Development: Jean Pierre Halkin (European Commission, Unit Rural Development, Food Security and Nutrition) and Jeske van Seters (European Centre for Development Policy Management, The Netherlands). Moderator: Stefan Anrys.
The European Union is one of Africa’s biggest partners in agricultural development and has a longstanding commitment to tackling global hunger. In its 2011 “Agenda for Change” it placed the development of sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition high on the agenda and through a variety of budget lines, such as the 1 billion euro Food Facility and the 230 million euro Action Plan on Food Security, it has put some of its money where its mouth is. But is it enough to make a difference?
To answer this question we have invited Jean Pierre Halkin (European Commission) to comment on the EU’s role and actions in African agriculture development cooperation. He will also discuss how the development department coordinates its actions with other EU departments such as agriculture and trade. This EU policy will then be discussed by Jeske van Seters (European Centre for Development Policy and Management) who is the organisation’s deputy manager on food security. She specializes in regional markets for agricultural development and food security in Africa, aid for trade, and the institutional architecture and policies for EU external action.
Jean-Pierre Halkin joined the DG Development of Commission in 1986. From 1992 to 1997, Jean-Pierre Halkin went to Côte d'Ivoire as Economic Adviser where he dealt with a broad portfolio including rural development programmes, value chains, regional trade, and access to market. He was also in charge of the coordination of a vast food security intervention mitigating the impact of the Liberian war in four countries (Liberia, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Sierra Leone). In 2006, Jean-Pierre Halkin was appointed Head of the Unit in EuropeAid in charge of Food Security and Nutrition, Rural Development and Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change. Since 2011, Jean-Pierre has been in charge of the Unit in EuropeAid which is responsible for Rural Development, Food Security and Nutrition. The Unit is responsible for policy development, technical support and the management of financial instruments notably the Food Security Thematic Programme (1.750M€), the Accompanying Measures accompanying the Sugar Protocol (1.200 M€), the Food Facility (1000M€).
||Jeske van Seters
Jeske van Seters, a Dutch national, is Deputy Programme Manager Food Security at ECDPM. Jeske holds Masters Diplomas in Development Economics from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne. Her research and facilitation work relates mainly to the areas of regional markets for agricultural development and food security in Africa, aid for trade, and theinstitutional architecture and policies for EU external action, particularly EU development cooperation. Prior to joining ECDPM in 2008, she worked for UNDP in Djibouti and the Directorate General Development of the European Commission in Brusselson development and trade issues. Jeske holds Masters Diplomas in Development Economics from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne.
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