Agriculture and rural development



Developing countries

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2015: European Year for Development

May-October 2015:  EXPO Milano "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life "


2015 (date tbc): European Union- African Union College-to-College meeting: these meetings take place every two years and are intended to intensify the partnership between the African Union Commission and the European Commission. Last C2C meeting took place on April 2013 in Addis Ababa. 

12-17/10/2015:  Committee on World Food Security 41

16/10/2015:  World Food Day

21-23/09/2015:  UN Summit on the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda

13-16/07/2015:  Third International Conference on Financing for Development

06-13/06/2015:  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Conference (including election of FAO Director General)

May-October 2015:  EXPO Milano "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life"


Past                                                     [>>  forthcoming]

International Green Week 2015 where Commissioner Hogan launched a new publication that showcases how the CAP works hand in hand with EU development aims.

23-24/10/2014:  Geographical indications workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

17/10/2014:  Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with the East African Community are concluded and initialed

16/10/2014:  EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development Dacian Cioloș in Rome on World Food Day  

06/10/2014:  FAO Ministerial on Governance and International Commodity Markets  [Statement by Jerzy Plewa, Director-General of DG Agriculture and Rural Development]

28/07/2014:  Cameroon ratifies the EU-Central Africa interim Economic Partnership Agreement

18/07/2014:  Fiji ratifies the EU-Pacific interim Economic Partnership Agreement

15/07/2014:  Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with the Southern African group are concluded and initialed

30/06/2014: Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with West Africa are concluded and initialed

19/06/2014: Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct: Responsible business conduct along agricultural supply chains

04-05/06/2014:  Geographical indications workshop in Maputo, Mozambique  

02-03/06/2014:  Geographical indications workshop in Gaborone, Botswana

29/03-04/05/2014:  Twenty-ninth FAO European Regional Conference (ERC) and thirty-eighth session of the European Commission on Agriculture (ECA), Bucharest, Romania. Statement delivered by the EU Commissioner for agriculture and rural development Dacian Cioloș on the International Year of Family Farming 

02-03/04/20144th EU-Africa Summit: Discussions at the summit focused on the theme "Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace". Topics included agriculture as a driver to stimulate growth and create jobs, as well as ensuring food security in the continent. Summit conclusions

31/03/2014:   5th EU-Africa Business Forum - Roundtable 3: "Inclusive models in agri-food chains" in Brussels

17/01/2014  Green Week Berlin:  Commissioner Cioloș ready to propose definitive end for use of export refunds for destinations in Africa, even in crisis 

17/01/2014Commission Working Meeting at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2014 in Berlin: "Designing measures to make rural households resilient to food security shocks"

14/01/2014 Launch of EU study on potential for marketing agricultural products of ACP countries using GIs and origin branding, Geneva, Switzerland 

2014:  International Year of Family Farming: an initiative promoted by the World Rural Forum and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organizations to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based farmer families, communal units, indigenous groups, cooperatives and fishing families

29/11/2013:  International Year of Family Farming Conference "Towards a more resilient European agricultural sector - the role of small scale and family farms", Brussels. This conference will feed into the FAO European Regional Conference in Bucharest in 2014 and the International Year of Family Farming in 2014.

07-18/10/2013Geographical indications workshops in African ACP countries

15/05/2013:  Brussels Briefing: "Food, geography and traditions: Protecting agricultural traditional products", looked at the challenges and opportunities for protecting traditional knowledge and registered agricultural products in a sustainable way.

10/04/2013:  Workshop "European Agribusiness in Africa: Opportunities and challenges", Brussels, looked to assess the potential of Africa-EU business cooperation to support the development of agri-food enterprises in Africa as a means of strengthening food security and creating wealth in rural communities across the continent.

10-11/11/2011:  Workshop "Creating value through Geographical Labelling and Indications: the Power of Origin" Kampala, brought together about 60 practitioners and experts from all over Africa and Europe in order to disseminate knowledge and enhance skills and the capacity of African producers, to identify and adding value to potential African GI products as well as create market opportunities for non-identified products.

11-12/07/2011:  Workshop "Building strategies for Africa: Adding-value through organic agriculture", Brussels, aimed at promoting the exchange of knowledge and best practice on organic farming among international experts, with a focus on Africa.