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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Angola and Brazil extended for another year the technical cooperation agreement in the training of Angolan staff in aquaculture techniques and management of fishing resources. The agreement is between the Institute for Development of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IPA) and the Brazilian Development Company of Vale de São Francisco and Parnaíba (Codevasf) of the Ministry of National Integration.

The Director General of the National Seed Council of Nigeria (NSCN), Mr. Phillip Ojo, yesterday said Nigeria produces 70 per cent of maize seeds in the West African region, making it the seed-leading nation of the sub region. Ojo who spoke at the sideline at the launch of three high yielding conventional maize hybrid brands by Monsanto agriculture company in Abuja, said the development was a step towards food sustainability in the country. While the council plays regulatory roles in seed multiplication and cultivation, he urged the company to carry out aggressive sensitisation to the framers on the need to buy into the seed ideology.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

China and Brazil's activities in African agriculture go beyond "simplistic narratives of South-South collaboration", which has implications for improving technology transfer, says a report. A special issue of World Development, out this month, details how the two countries' investments are impacting the African economy. It revealed "a complex set of engagements, which contrast with existing patterns of western-led development and investment" in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Friday, the National Authorising Officer, Charles Jean-Jacques, participated to the official inauguration of the new building of the Office of the National Authorising of European Development Fund (BONFED), located in Christ-Roi, on the same location was the old building destroyed in the earthquake of January 2010. The ceremony took place in the presence of Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, members of the Government and Head of delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Vincent Degert.

Divisions in the Cook Islands over a controversial fishing deal have reached a new peak with opposition MPs asking a Swedish politician to talk to the European Union on their behalf. The government is set to sign a deal with the EU that would allow Spanish vessels to fish in its exclusive economic zone for at least eight years. About 4,000 people have signed a petition against the move.