Discussion

Innovative digital tools to enhance food security in Africa

A contribution to debates on the EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa

Co-organised by TMG Research gGmbH and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), this event aims to create a discussion on the potential as well as challenges of digitalisation as an accelerator for food security in the context of African-European cooperation. The event aims to generate specific proposals on how to better integrate digital tools into policies and programmes to strengthen food security and the progressive realisation of the right to food in African countries. 
The event is organised under the auspices of Africa-EU negotiations towards National and Regional Indicative Programmes under the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027), and the upcoming EU-Africa Summit in early 2022.
By scrutinising portrayals of digitalisation as a “silver bullet” for addressing the many repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the discussions will seek to pinpoint potential pitfalls in current EU policy frameworks, notably the European Commission’s Joint Communication “Towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa.”  Our starting point is that digitalisation alone cannot tackle the multifaceted and structural challenges that continue to undermine sustainable economic development on the continent. With a focus on food security as one such fundamental challenge, we will explore the importance of rights-based approaches in promoting climate-resilient food systems that strengthen societies and restore the agency of African populations in driving decision making on Africa’s future.  
Speakers at the event will be drawn from key stakeholder groups, including the European and African Union Commissions, regional think tanks and civil society networks.  
This event is part of a cooperation between TMG Research gGmbH and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), a sustainability think tank with a 40-year history. The event is organised in the context of the SEWOH Lab project, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 
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Date

08.12.2021
09:00 - 10:30 CET (UTC+1)

Organisers

TMG Research

Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Languages

English

Speakers
Innovative digital tools to enhance food security in Africa

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