BARCELONA, Spain, April 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — How can increasing cooperation between the public and private sectors contribute to promoting a sustainable, regional approach for agriculture and food security in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean?
To look at these and related issues, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) are organizing a high-level forum in Barcelona on 5-6 May 2015 that will bring together policymakers, financing institutions and CEOs from leading agribusiness companies, to deepen relationships between the public and private sector and develop initiatives to increase agricultural investment in the region.
Co-chaired by UfM’s Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi, FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Technical Cooperation, Laurent Thomas, and EBRD’s Vice-President, Philippe Le Houerou, the forum will address challenging policy and investments dilemmas — from self-sufficiency to trade liberalization; from traditional value chains to innovative food quality paradigms — by exploring:
• best practices for advancing regional integration
• developing strategies for financing food import bills
• improving the efficiency of import supply chains through private sector engagement
• focusing on advantageous agricultural exports
• achieving more efficient use of resources in production processes
• supporting local producers to create higher value products through quality
Where: Headquarters of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean. Barcelona, Spain.
When: 5 May from 14:30 to 18:00 / 6 May from 9:00 to 15:30
A press conference will be held on 5th May at 14.30h. Participants:
• Carlos Cabanas Godino, Secretary General, Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
• Claudio Cortese, Senior Deputy Secretary General, UfM
• Laurent Thomas, Assistant-Director General for Technical Cooperation , FAO
• Gilles Mettetal, EBRD Director for Agribusiness
Moderator: Jonathan Charles, EBRD Director of Communications
Spanish interpretation will be provided.
Address: Headquarters of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean: side entrance to Palacio de Pedralbes at Calle Pere Duran Farell, 11 (red door) – 08034 – Barcelona – Spain
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More information: http://www.medagri.org/meetings/foodsecurity2015/