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PPPs to ensure food security and agricultural development

Given population growth and rising incomes, the demand for food could rise by 70 to 100% by 2050. To meet this need, the United Nations estimates that production in developing countries will need to almost double. Therefore, agricultural development is crucial to avoid a major food crisis in the forthcoming years.


Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) provide an option to modernize agriculture and uplift rural economies, especially while dealing with facilitating smallholder farmers’ job or creating an enabling environment with core infrastructures available. They gather experts equally committed within a collaborative mechanism to achieve a common objective. Through such cooperation, food security and rural development can gain fresh momentum.


The present session will question panellists on the PPPs’ potential to ease agricultural development and consequently to participate to the sustainability of food security through experience sharing and a lively debate addressing the following issues:


  • the main characteristics of an efficient agricultural PPP,
  • the challenges faced by stakeholders to develop such a project (gap between public and private views, financial viability, structural limits,…),
  • the sustainability of PPPs versus the need to build resilient and self-sufficient landscapes.


Speakers addressing these issues include:



Regis Meritan, Head of the Sector "Agriculture Growth" in the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO).


Agro-economist, Regis Meritan has been posted in various Sub-Saharian African countries, in the Middle East and more recently in Tunisia as First Counsellor of the EU Delegation in charge of the Economic Cooperation.

For the time being, in DEVCO C1, he is in charge of developing cooperation with the Private Sector in the field of Rural Development, Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security.



Zoé Druilhe, Liaison & Policy Officer with the EU, FAO


Zoé Druilhe is Policy and liaison officer with the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO of the UN) in Brussels, Belgium.  She is a specialist in international development aid and in humanitarian affairs, with ten years’ experience at the World Bank and at FAO, both at headquarters and on the field. Her academic background is in business administration and development economics.   Zoe is a food security programme specialist, with experience in programme design, programme management, and inter-institutional relations management.General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO).



Joël Le Turioner, Agri-inputs accessibility and subsidies expert, S.A.S. AfricAgriConsult


Joël Le Turioner is an international agro business (pesticides and fertilizers) expert with over 30 years of experience with a great experience of agro inputs accessibility and subsidies programs using vouchers. After 11 years spent in France as a regional sales manager, and a marketing and development manager in several French areas for Agrishell, he moved to West and central Africa working for Shell Chemicals. After six years in Africa, he came back in South of France as Agrishell marketing manager.


Due to his background in Africa, he joined for four years, a French trading pesticides company (ALM International) distributor for the major pesticides companies (ZENECA; BAYER; CHEMINOVA; …) in West and Central Africa.

He came back in Abidjan in 2000 as a commercial manager for the biggest fertilizers company in West Africa (YARA). In 2002, he joined IFDC to serve as “inputs marketing expert” for the MIR regional project and as IFDC representative in Mali. In May 2006, he created his own consulting company (AfricAgriConsult), working as an agro inputs accessibility expert and a fertilizer subsidies programs expert in Africa (Mali, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi,..) for IFDC, FAO, EU, Bill & Melinda GATES FUNDATION, GfK KINETEC, ABT Associates, and in Haiti for DAI / USAID.


Currently, he is working for IFDC in Burundi supporting MINAGRIE and the Government of Burundi, to implement and upscale the national fertilizer subsidies program, and for DAI / USAID implement and upscale a fertilizer subsidies program in North of Haiti.



Tuesday 28 November, 2023





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