Experts present report on resilience in African agriculture to policy makers

March 28, 2012.  

The Montpellier Panel presented its new report ‘Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture’ at the Department for International Development (DFID) in London on March 21 and at the European Commission, Brussels on March 22.


The report informs discussions related to key policy events in 2012 and looks at agriculture’s role in supporting green growth, food and nutrition security, ecosystem services and climate change mitigation and adaptation, among others.


The Montpellier Panel consists of a group of ten experts from the fields of agriculture, sustainable development, trade, policy, and global development. It first convened at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in Montpellier in March 2010.


Their first report “Africa and Europe: Partnerships for Agricultural Development”, highlights African priorities in agriculture and nutrition and makes recommendations for ensuring global food price stability and strengthening partnerships between Europe and Africa.


Montpellier Panel members include:


• Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College London (Chair)

• Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

• Tom Arnold, Chief Executive, Concern Worldwide

• Henri Carsalade, Chair of the ICARDA Board of Trustees and President of Agropolis Foundation

• Louise Fresco, Professor, University of Amsterdam

• Peter Hazell, Visiting Professor, Imperial College London

• Namanga Ngongi, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

• Joachim von Braun, Director, ZEF, University of Bonn

• Ramadjita Tabo, Deputy Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

• David Radcliffe, Senior Policy Advisor, Directorate-General, Development and Cooperation, European Commission

• Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Observer)


To request a hard copy or for more information about the report please contact Jo Seed at


Alma van der Veen