Bruno Losch, GovInn co-director, was appointed in his personal capacity as a member of the European Commission Task Force Rural Africa in May 2018. The Task Force, chaired by Tom Arnold, includes 10 members from Africa and Europe with a research or practitioner background. It met seven times, in Brussels, Kigali and Berlin.
Preliminary results were presented at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin on January 18, 2019, and yesterday, March 7, 2019, the report of the Task Force was launched in Brussels by Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for agriculture, and Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner in charge of rural economy and agriculture, in presence of the Task Force members. It was then presented to the Committee on agriculture and rural development of the European Parliament by the TFRA Chair.
The Task Force work gained momentum with the launch of the New Africa – Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investments and Jobs proposed by the European Commission in September 2018. Its report proposes four main areas for action in order to unlock the full potential of the African rural economy, namely: a territorial development strategy, a sustainable land and natural resources management framework, the sustainable transformation of African agriculture, and the development of the African food industry and markets. The TFRA report will be used in the coming months to feed the policy dialogue between the EU and AU Commissions. It proposes a renewed partnership which should operate at three levels: people to people, business to business, and government to government