The next Brussels Development Briefings no. 42 on Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development shall be held on 17th September 2015. Women make essential contributions to agriculture and rural economic activities in ACP countries but still face limitations in integrating the agribusiness sector and upscaling their businesses. This briefing will look at successful business cases led by women entrepreneurs and analysing the drivers of success.
The Brussels Development Briefings are regular events organised in Brussels by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA) – in collaboration with the European Commission, the ACP Group, and other partners – on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation. http://brusselsbriefing.net
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The EU’s "MAP - Monitoring Agri-trade Policy" series provides in-depth analyses of relevant agricultural trade and agri-trade policy issues. EU agri-food exporters in 2014 maintained net surplus of €18 billion, despite the Russian import ban. 2014 trade statistics in particular indicate a growing importance of the US market for EU agri-food trade. The report notes that agri-food trade between developing countries – the so-called South-South trade’ – is growing at a higher rate than trade in developing countries. It notes that this qualitative shift in world trade patterns comes about with the demand growth being located in developing countries with high population and income growth (e.g. Africa) and growing supply by emerging countries.
European dairy farmers have been protesting in light of the challenges facing milk producers at risk from falling milk prices. While oversupply in the EU market means cheaper milk for consumers, there is also concern that this would lead to more aggressive export policies towards developing and emerging countries. Sieta van Keimpema, Vice-President of the European Milk Board (EMB) noted, “the current system and the current policy have failed, plunging European dairy farmers into the abyss. (…) It is the same in every EU country. Putting the blame on individual countries or farmers is wrong, because they are all struggling with the same problem.” In the current situation where the volume produced in the market exceeds demand produces a negative effect on prices, many stakeholders strongly believe that EU production must be adapted to counter the threat to dairy farmers’ livelihoods throughout Europe.
Barabados shall enhance its safety guidelines and regulations pertaining to local agriculture and food manufacturing. Dr Beverley Wood, project coordinator of the National Agricultural Health and Food Control Agency, which falls under the Ministry of Agriculture in Barbados noted that “many of the current laws are based on a reactive approach and, in some cases, new laws have to be drafted, and we are in process of reviewing those and identifying which need to be done. Preventative approaches such as HACCP [Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points], good agricultural practices, good hygiene and manufacturing processes are all aspects of the food chain from farming to fork, and establishment of mandatory safety standards.”