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Monday, 18 June 2018
On 8 and 9 June 2006, CTA visited various media houses and NGOs in London, including Wrenmedia, International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED), Panos, and Television Trust for Environment (TVE) to discuss collaboration on how to use mass media to share information on agricultural and rural development in ACP countries. The Centre will be embarking on collaborative activities with some of them in the course of the year.

In its capacity as member of the E-agriculture Interagency Working Group, CTA, alongside other key collaborators participated in a meeting held at FAO, Rome on 12 June 2006 to discuss e-agriculture and related issues. Following the WSIS Tunis 2005 conference action line C.7 ICT applications, FAO together with ITU are mandated to lead on e-agriculture.

As part of the on-going collaboration between CTA and the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), a representative of the Society held day-long discussions with staff of CTA on 1 June 2006 at CTA, Wageningen. The discussions touched on procedures for membership of ACP regions and countries to the ISHS, criteria and format for determining ACP representation on the ISHS Council as well as support to and participation in ISHS symposia by ACP scientists among other issues.
Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, and António Guterres, United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are visiting Tanzania and Burundi from 13 to 16 June to discuss humanitarian topics, in particular the issue of refugees. They will meet the Presidents of both countries, government ministers and people living in refugee camps and transit centres. Tanzania shelters around 350,000 refugees - the largest number in Africa. 117 00 people remain internally displaced in Burundi, a country which the UNHCR estimates also hosts 30,000 Congolese refugees. The joint mission of Mr Michel and Mr Guterres is part of a strong partnership between the Commission and UNHCR to assist and protect refugees. Louis Michel's visit to Tanzania and Burundi follows his official visit to Kenya, where he met President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and President Abdullahi Yusuf of Somalia to discuss developments in Somalia and regional drought management.
A new website to access information and analysis relevant to ACP-EU trade relations and resources on Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is available. Key documents, Library, news, events and available experts in selected areas as well as topics of relevance to the EPA negotiations are shared in an interactive way with the readers (www.acp-eu-trade.org).
Meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from 29 to 31 May 2006, under the chairmanship of ACP Council President, Dr. Onofre Rojas of the Dominican Republic, Secretary of State and National Authorising Officer for the European Development Fund (EDF), the ACP Council of Ministers reaffirmed the need to strengthen solidarity among Member States both within the intra-ACP cooperation and with the European Union. At the end of their deliberations, the Council adopted declarations on the situation in Timor Leste and the earthquake in Indonesia, as well as decisions and resolutions regarding in particular the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) and commodities (sugar and bananas). The Council also endorsed declarations from the 1 st meeting of ACP Ministers responsible for Asylum, Migration and Mobility. The issues discussed by the Council of Ministers included the following: Economic Partnership Agreements, LDC Sugar bananas, Future of the ACP Group, Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
The CTA, the Network of ACP Farmers’ Organisations and Producers, the Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA), the ACP Secretariat, and the European Commission (DG Development), in partnership with the FAO and IFAD, organise in the context of the 11th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna a meeting with ACP farmers’ organisations who wish to share their concerns regarding the future of family farming and the lack of attention given to the producers of these countries: "The stakes and challenges facing farming in the ACP countries", Wednesday 21 June 2006. This meeting aims at opening a dialogue between the ACP-EU Members of Parliament and regional farmers’ organisations on the stakes of family farming in the ACP countries so as to get a greater attention, in the programs of development and the financings allocated, on organisations of producers. Speakers: Mr. Philip KIRIRO, East African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF) and the modalities of their participation in agricultural policies; Mr. Renwick ROSE, Caribbean: Windward Island Farmers Association (WINFA); Mr. Saliou SARR, Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA); Representatives of ACP, CTA, CSA and IFAD. More information: purro@cta.int
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