On 7 March 2019, the Task Force for Rural Africa delivered its final report, an agri-food and rural agenda for the new ‘Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs’ unveiled by President Jean-Claude Juncker in the 2018 State of the Union.
According to the recommendations of this group of African and European experts, Africa and the EU should develop a partnership operating at three levels: people to people, business to business, and government to government.
Insights provided by Access to Seeds Index studies contributed to the analysis presented by the taskforce. For instance, the task force highlighted that currently “Agricultural growth in many African countries happens largely through extension of agricultural areas rather than through sustainable intensification (..). While in many African countries farmer groups are engaged in producing certified seeds, including in seed-producing cooperatives, access to improved seeds continues to be a challenge.” An insight provided by ATSI’s report on seed producting cooperatives in Western and Central Africa.
Read more on the Taskforce
Link to Taskforce report