Day 2 : CTA @ European Development Days 2017

07 - 08 June, 2017 - Tour et Taxis (Brussels)


  1. Background: On 07-08 June, CTA collaborated with various international organisations on five events at The European Development Days 2017 in Brussels. Topics discussed at the events included: promoting inclusive trade in Africa, youth in agribusiness.
  2. Over the space of two days, CTA brought to the forefront of the development community the most pressing issues affecting the future of agriculture and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
  3. Summary of Day 2 - 8th June 2017

  4. This session looked at recommendations to enable women’s economic participation for sustainable growth and rural development. It was organised by the Pan African Farmers Organization, Agricord and CTA
  5. The panel consisted of
    Vanessa Erogbogbo, Head of Women and Trade Programme, International Trade Centre (ITC)
    Heike Rüttgers, Head of Division, Development & Impact Finance, EIB
    Lovin Kobusingye, Managing Director, Kati Farms, Uganda
    Marie-Joseph Medzeme Engama, Expert on agricultural value chains, PROPAC, Central Africa
    Fatma Ben Rejeb, CEO, Panafrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO)
    and the Moderator was: Michael Hailu, Director, CTA
  6. Investing in women entrepreneurs
    Investing in women entrepreneurs
  7. Vanessa Erogbogbo argued for increased investment to scale up women's economic participation, as well as policy reforms which encourage more procurement from women's businesses
  8. Investing in women entrepreneurs
    Investing in women entrepreneurs
  9. Heike Rüttgers emphasised the need for more partnerships - especially between the private sector and the public sector - to support women in business and facilitate lending to women
  10. Investing in women entrepreneurs
    Investing in women entrepreneurs
  11. Lovin Kobusingye discussed the challenges and factors for success in launching and scaling up a women-led agribusiness, and made recommendations for other female entrepreneurs