▲ Up
10:56 27-10-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
EastAgri 2014 Annual Meeting of Europe, Central Asia focuses on meeting demand for higher quality food products

Bishkek (AKIpress) - agriculture Unleashing the food production potential of Europe and Central Asia, while meeting demand for higher-quality products, is the topic of the EastAgri 2014 Annual Meeting, which took place in Belgrade.

The meeting under the title “Best food: How to produce both quality and quantity in Europe and Central Asia” brought together over 120 senior representatives from private sector companies, government officials, international financial institutions (IFIs), development agencies, and donor governments to discuss how to stimulate investment in the agribusiness sector to help meet this dual objective.

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – with financial support of the World Bank – the two-day meeting began with a high-level plenary of leading agribusiness CEOs, academics and IFIs that discussed “Upgrading quality in the region’s food chains: meeting new domestic consumer demands and export countries’ standards”.

The second day today had four in-depth round table sessions that focused on improving food quality for export markets, financing the modernization of agribusiness small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), greening agri-food chains and strengthening policies and partnerships for investment.

Increased opportunities to deliver quality food allow companies to tap into high-value markets and export traditional products that meet the highest standards. Origin-based labels, such as geographical indications (GIs), are one option to help facilitate this. One session of the meeting discussed developing such private labels as a first step towards introducing product certification.

Greening food chains from primary production to the retail stage can also help differentiate regional products on international markets. With a session on productivity gains, higher resource efficiency and green products, experts identified ways for agribusinesses to limit their impact on the environment and at the same time lower their operational costs.

Delivering “best food” in Europe and Central Asia requires private sector investment as well as regulatory frameworks and policies.

“You can only produce the best food if you partner with the best private sector companies, promote best practices and policies and build strong partnerships with the best counterparts,” said Gilles Mettetal, Director of Agribusiness at the EBRD. “The EastAgri network is all about coordinating and aligning interventions within the agribusiness sector.”

The agribusiness sector plays a key role in the economies of Europe and Central Asia, with SMEs as the main drivers for growth. In light of their proximity to high-value regional markets such as the EU, a session explored ways to finance the modernization of SMEs through public funds and private credit to meet higher food quality and safety standards.

The EBRD-FAO Framework Agreement was signed in order to continue the solid partnership in the agribusiness sector between the two institutions.

“It is important to us that we are working in close partnership with different public institutions and the private sector in the agriculture and rural sector development in the region to increase efficiency and to support the sustainable economic development of the countries in the region,” said Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia.

“The EastAgri network is an important platform for the continuation and enhancement of the dialogue among the partners and it will ensure that we are held accountable to meet our goals,” he added.

15:18 20.06.2014
10:51 Neighborly relations of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan should become cornerstone for further development of cooperation – Vice PM of Uzbekistan10:49 Government seeks investors for construction of new airport in Osh10:43 Government allocates $7 thousand to National Oncology Center for repair of radiotherapy machine10:26 Freight truck with goods burns to ground on Bishkek-Osh road10:21 IAEA experts assess condition of uranium tailings across Kyrgyzstan10:16 Kyrgyz Ambassador considers development of cooperation ties with Primorsky Krai10:10 Japan's Prince Mikasa, oldest imperial family member, dies at 10010:08 EBRD, KazTransGas sign MoU to work on energy efficiency10:00 Kyrgyzstan to preside at upcoming meeting of heads of government of CIS countries in Minsk10:00 Rectors of Osh and Andijan universities set cooperation in framework of Uzbek delegation’s trip to Kyrgyzstan09:58 Signing of open skies agreement with CAREC countries to get air transit in region going09:29 We will live together with Kyrgyz people and we are together – Deputy PM of Uzbekistan09:22 Mexican Ambassador's fascination for auto09:17 Russian PM sympathizes with Sagintayev over his non-stop hard job08:58 Air strikes in Syria's Idlib kill 26, mostly children08:47 Delegation of Uzbekistan pays visit to Sulaiman Mountain08:13 Kyrgyz troops commemorate victims of Batken events in Bishkek17:42 Britain wants to tear down 783 homes to expand Heathrow Airport17:16 IDB to channel $21.32 mln to Kyrgyzstan for Osh–Batken–Isfana road section reconstruction17:00 Shocking footage showing 4yo Kazakh girl being beaten up by mom sparks public outrage
0° C
+18° C
+6° C
+19° C
+17° C
-7° C
exchange rates

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75