AWEPA is collaborating with the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) to organize a two-day seminar on “Making Agricultural Investments Work for Africa: the Role of Parliamentarians” in Kigali, Rwanda, on 26-27 April 2013. This event is part of a series of similar workshops on the same theme launched at the initiative of the Pan-African Parliament, each targeting a specific sub-region. This particular workshop has been tailored to the specificities of the East Africa Region. Among others, it will be attended by Hon. Holger Gustafsson, political coordinator of the AWEPA Millennium Development Goals programme.
In many cases, foreign investment benefits large-scale farming operations while leaving vulnerable communities marginalized. The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness among parliamentarians on the current scale and impact of foreign direct investment and to strengthen land policy and governance in East Africa. The participants to this seminar will aim at developing a detailed action plan to ensure that foreign investment in agriculture also brings tangible benefits to local communities including the most vulnerable populations, small-holder farmers and women farmers.
Location: Kigali, Rwanda