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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 283]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 283]
Send date: 2011-07-29 18:14:42
Issue #: 99
Content:
Bulletin CTA
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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Brussels Briefing: Major drivers for rural transformation in Africa
  2. Our video guest: Howarth Bouis, HarvestPlus
  3. New funding for early-career top researchers from anywhere in the world
  4. Review of EU pact with Pacific States questioned by Anfaco
  5. FAO emergency meeting on the drought crisis in the horn of Africa
  6. European organisations celebrate anniversary of the right to water
  7. Liberia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement
  8. Protocol between the EU and the Republic of Cape Verde
  9. The EC and the IDB team up on development in the Caribbean
  10. Guyana taking advantage of EPA accord
  11. BTC publishes its 2010 annual report
  12. €11.4 M climate resilience project will help nine Pacific small island states
  13. Dominican Republic: Banana exports are paralysed
  14. Cholera outbreaks in Caribbean, Africa spark alerts
  15. EU: No shipment of nuclear waste to ACP countries
  16. UK suspends financial support for Malawi Government
  17. AfDB, Denmark establish sustainable energy fund for Africa
  18. MEPs assess humanitarian situation in South Sudan
  19. Green Paper on promoting the tastes of Europe
  20. The Commission announces new humanitarian funding for drought victims
  21. Africa’s first microfinance fund for sustainable farmers launched
  22. Ivory Coast: EU launches five programmes for economic recovery
  23. West Africa’s future being determined in Brussels
  24. South African coffee farmers get sh7bn EU deal


  1. Brussels Briefing: Major drivers for rural transformation in Africa
    2011-07-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Archive

    The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on the 14 September 2011 and will be organised in partnership with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. We will discuss the main challenges involved in rural transformation processes by sharing different perspectives on rural transformation processes across continents. We will then focus on rural employment and rural labour markets needed to create growth and economic development. Among our speakers, we are pleased to receive the CEO of NEPAD, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Prof. Peter Hazell from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, Paul Dorosh from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Paul Barera from the Rwanda Telecentre Network (RTN).


    Link Read more
    Link Past Briefings
    Link CTA Policy Briefs


  2. Our video guest: Howarth Bouis, HarvestPlus
    2011-07-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security, Archive

    As director of HarvestPlus, Dr. Howarth Bouis coordinates an interdisciplinary, global effort to breed and disseminate micronutrient-rich staple food crops to reduce hidden hunger among malnourished populations. In our interview during the Brussels Briefing on Nutrition security, he presents the concept of HarvestPlus.


    Link Watch the video
    Link HarvestPlus
    Link Briefing Nutrition security in ACP countries


  3. New funding for early-career top researchers from anywhere in the world
    2011-07-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Archive

    The European Research Council (ERC) opened its fifth call for proposals for the "ERC Starting Grants", targeted at early-career top researchers of any nationality, working - or moving to work - in host institutions in Europe. Open to all fields of research, including Social Sciences and Humanities, it will help emerging talent to pursue innovative ideas at the frontiers of knowledge. The total budget for this call amounts to €730 million, which is an increase of just over 10% from last year. The call will fund 500 to 600 talented researchers.

    Source: European Research Council


    Link Read more [PDF]
    Link European Research Council
    Link EU: Framework Programme 7


  4. Review of EU pact with Pacific States questioned by Anfaco
    2011-07-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Regional Fisheries

    The National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish and Seafood (Anfaco) expressed dissatisfaction with the team of consultants selected by the European Commission (EC) to review the agreements that the European Union (EU) keep with Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The Association believes that there is a "conflict of interest" as the experts chosen for the task are linked to the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), a body responsible for advising on fisheries management in the Pacific Ocean.

    To Anfaco, the FFA has always had a "belligerent" attitude against tuna companies in Europe. It is composed of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Anfaco questions the "neutrality and objectivity" of the team of experts, thereby claiming the EC should "rectify this serious and obvious conflict of interest." It also believed that the Pacific Association and Collaboration Agreement seriously affects the community interests and benefits Papua New Guinea. Papua tuna industry expects to produce roughly 1,330 tonnes of tuna per day throughout the next two years. If this is embodied, it could become the new worldwide tuna leader in 2013, while it will greatly harm the 67 canneries in Galicia and their 12,000 employees.

    Source: fis.com


    Link Read more
    Link Anfaco [ES]
    Link EU agreements with PNG and Fiji


  5. FAO emergency meeting on the drought crisis in the horn of Africa
    2011-07-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Food Security, Archive

    1.1 billion EUR are needed in the next twelve months to stop the famine in the Horn of Africa, said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf at an emergency meeting in Rome on Monday 25 July. At the meeting, the World Bank consented to disburse 348 million EUR to the poor in the Horn of Africa, while Germany and the Netherlands again increased their emergency aid by 15 million EUR and 6.5 million EUR. The Czech Republic committed 5 million CZK (210,000 EUR). The European Commission declared on Wednesday that it will increase its aid to Somalia by another 27,8 million EUR, meaning that it is contributing an overall 158 million EUR to fight against the hunger crisis.

    The FAO highlighted that money was not only needed for emergency food aid but also to stop another drought from occurring. “If we want to avoid future famine and food insecurity crises in the region, countries and the international community urgently need to bolster the agricultural sector and accelerate investments in rural development,” said Diouf.

    The international development organisation Oxfam stresses the need to not only relaunch agricultural production in Africa, but also to improve access to agricultural goods for the people. Ahead of the meeting, Oxfam had criticised European states for willfully ignoring the drought crisis at the Horn of Africa.

    Source: CTA/FAO


    Link Read more
    Link EC releases another 27,8 million EUR
    Link Polish Presidency and EC work together on aid


  6. European organisations celebrate anniversary of the right to water
    2011-07-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Security, Archive

    Civil society organisations, collectives and trade unions gather around public water fountains today in Brussels to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the UN General Assembly resolution on the human right to water. 2011 has been an important year for public water in Europe, increased citizen participation has played a major role in the issues of water supply management and wastewater treatment, allowing populations to take a giant step toward re-municipalisation – the process of bringing water under public control. Paris, the birthplace of the French water privatisation model, successfully managed to re-municipalise its water and in one year has reduced its water prices by 8%. […] An Alternative World Water Forum will take place next year in Marseille, France. (www.fame2012.org) The event is being organized by associations, trade unions, citizens and elected representatives from all over the world, with the aim to defend water as a common good and as a fundamental human right.

    Source: northcentralpa.com


    Link Read more
    Link Somalia: People hungry because water lacks [DE]
    Link Brussels Briefing: The Water we eat


  7. Liberia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement
    2011-07-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment

    Ambassador Jan Tombinski, the Polish Permanent Representative to the EU representing the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Mme Comfort Swengbe, Liberia's Charge d'Affaire in Brussels and Luis Riera, the lead negotiator representing the European Commission, signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Liberia on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber products to the European Union in Brussels on 27th July 2011. 

    Liberia is home to over half the entire rainforest remaining in West Africa, with almost 45% of the country (4.3 million Ha) covered by forest.  The negotiations were launched in March 2009 and have taken over two years to reach conclusion. The process has involved a wide range of Liberian stakeholders, including several Ministries and government agencies, civil society, the private sector, and community representatives. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) aims to strengthen governance and law enforcement in the forestry sector and, through a licensing system, provide the assurance that its timber has been legally produced. It also demonstrates the Government of Liberia’s commitment to improving accountability and transparency in the sector.

    Source: Polish Presidency


    Link Read more
    Link Commission: FLEGT
    Link EU cooperation with Liberia


  8. Protocol between the EU and the Republic of Cape Verde
    2011-07-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    Minister Counsellor Karolina Ostrzyniewska, the Polish Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU representing the Presidency of the Council of the EU and Ambassador Maria de Jesus Mascarenhas, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cape Verde to the EU, signed a new Protocol setting out fishing opportunities and financial contribution in the framework of the Fisheries Partnership Agreements on 27th July 2011.

    Under these agreements the EU provides third countries with technical and financial support to develop their fishing sector, gaining at the same time access to the so called “surplus” of resources in their Exclusive Economic Zones. The new Protocol is signed for a period of three years. It provides sectoral support amounting to 435 000 Euro per year.

    Source: Polish Presidency


    Link Read more
    Link Commission: Agreement with Cape Verde
    Link Follow the legislative process


  9. The EC and the IDB team up on development in the Caribbean
    2011-07-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment

    The European Commission (EC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) signed a Framework Agreement to expand cooperation between the two institutions on economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is the first ever Framework Agreement to be signed by the Commission and a Regional Development Bank. The President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno, and the Director-General of DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, Fokion Fotiadis, signed the document, which will help to strengthen collaboration in areas such as climate change, energy efficiency, education and housing.

    This new Framework Agreement is signed within the context of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between President Moreno and European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, on November 19, 2007. The Memorandum identified several areas of shared priority: social cohesion and poverty reduction; regional integration and trade development; renewable energy and energy efficiency; climate change; and collaboration on statistical information. The new agreement will establish the guidelines under which resources from the European Commission would be administered by the IDB.

    At the signing ceremony, President Moreno indicated: “The IDB is pleased to extend the collaboration between the European Commission and the Bank, as key partners for development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We hope that the approval of the Framework Agreement will increase the flow of resources from the European Commission to the IDB and will complement other efforts in resource mobilization, benefiting the people of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

    Director-General Fotiadis said: "This Agreement is the fruitful outcome of our ever-improving cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean and means that the European Commission and the Inter-American Development Bank will be able to do even more to help reduce poverty in developing countries in the future. We have already worked together successfully on several projects. I hope that this Agreement will lead to even closer collaboration going forward."

    Source: IDB


    Link Read more
    Link Study: cultural provisions in EPA
    Link Read the MOU


  10. Guyana taking advantage of EPA accord
    2011-07-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Guyana has said despite its earlier reservations, it is among the first country within the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) to put in place the necessary legislation to take advantage of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) regional countries signed with the European Union in 2008.

    “The Government of Guyana takes very seriously, international agreements we sign and the EPA is no different. Notwithstanding our reservations we signed and it was no surprise therefore, that Guyana was among the first group of countries to put in place all the necessary legislative arrangements for the implementation of the agreement,” Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett told a two-day consultation on the CARIFORUM-EU accord.

    A government statement said that the consultation placed focus on trade services, withreference on cross border supply of services, temporary presence of natural persons for business purposes and sectoral rules. It said that the consultation will pave the way, not only for enhanced public awareness, but the political and technical input of civil society.

    Source: Antigua Observer


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Guyana Trade
    Link EU Delegation to Guyana


  11. BTC publishes its 2010 annual report
    2011-07-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security

    For the third consecutive year, the Belgian development agency publishes its Annual Report in the form of an ‘integrated’ sustainability report, in accordance with the internationally acknowledged Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). By doing so, the agency wishes to communicate openly on the sustainability of its activities.

    In 2010, the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD published its Peer Review of Belgium’s development cooperation. The report states that BTC has become a respected organisation in Belgium and abroad, with a reputation for being competent, professional and financially transparent. This encourigingly positive assessment is the result of ten years of hard work since the major reform of 1999. Internally, BTC undertook three major actions in 2010: the adaptation of the organisational structure, greater accountability of local partners in implementing development programmes, and the action plan for the fight against fraud and corruption.

    Source: BTC


    Link Read more
    Link Belgian development agency
    Link Portal of the Belgian government


  12. €11.4 M climate resilience project will help nine Pacific small island states
    2011-07-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Pacific small island States most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change will benefit from a new climate resilience project worth EUR11.4 million, funded by the EU and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) over the next four years, the SPC has announced.

    The project, titled "Increasing Climate Resilience of Pacific Small Islands States through the Global Climate Change Alliance," will support the Governments of Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu in their efforts to tackle the adverse effects of climate change. It will promote the development of long-term strategies and approaches to adaptation planning, and pave the way for more effective and coordinated delivery of aid for climate change response at the national and regional level.

    The project will assist countries in developing more detailed climate change response strategies and investment plans, and in integrating these into overarching national climate change response frameworks. In addition, the project also will provide assistance to countries to help identify, design and implement practical, on-the-ground climate change adaptation activities, in accordance with their established priorities. At least one concrete adaptation project will be implemented in each of the nine countries.

    At the regional level, the project will strengthen the capacity of key regional organizations to deliver climate change-related scientific, technical and information services to countries, and it will reinforce regional mechanisms to better coordinate the flow of climate change funding in the Pacific.

    Source: Secretariat of the Pacific Community


    Link Read more
    Link Secretariat of the Pacific Community
    Link EU climate change projects in Pacific


  13. Dominican Republic: Banana exports are paralysed
    2011-07-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Banana exports from the Dominican Republic are stalled because President Leonel Fernandez has privatised the Manzanillo port to an Atlantic Port Corporation, which prevents banana producers of using the dock to export their production. The Associations of Montecristeños Banana Producers and Exporters (Asexbam) and the National Banana Growers reported that banana growers are barred from export. They affirm that the port has been militarised by the so called Atlantic Port Corporation, so that is why exporters cannot enter the dock.

    The ASEXBAM opposes the privatisation of the port, because banana producers were not considered when given the concession, declared Ramon Faña, president of the union. "If we are the ones who generated jobs and have worked for over 50 years in the production of bananas and plantains, why we are not taken into account and have to give away the port to a group of entrepreneurs who have the province of Santiago and now want to steal the only thing that belongs to the Linea Noreste?", questioned Faña. The arrangement of Leonel affects banana producers and bananas in a region which only depends on this production. This is another element that threatens the success of Danilo Medina and the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) in the next election.

    Source: freshplaza.com


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Dominican Republic Trade Statistics
    Link EU cooperation with Dominican Republic


  14. Cholera outbreaks in Caribbean, Africa spark alerts
    2011-07-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    European Union (EU) health officials today warned travelers about a risk of contracting cholera in the Dominican Republic, a magnet for tourists, while the World Health Organization (WHO) said cholera outbreaks along Africa's Congo River have killed 271 people. In a report released today but dated June 2011, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said cholera is becoming endemic in the Dominican Republic. The country shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, which has been battling a large cholera epidemic since October 2010.

    Cholera first spread from Haiti to the Dominican Republic last November, and the latter had had 5,367 suspected cases with 46 deaths by mid-June, the ECDC reported. It said 1,727 cases were confirmed. "Despite intense efforts by the Ministries of Health in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and by humanitarian workers involved in the response to the epidemic, cholera is becoming endemic in both countries," the report says. "It is anticipated that further epidemic peaks will occur, particularly during the rainy season" (April to June and October-November).

    Two European tourists, a 69-year-old English woman and a 60-year-old German woman, contracted cholera while staying at resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in May, the report says. Theirs were the first Dominican-linked cases reported by EU member states since the epidemic began. The sources of their infections were not pinpointed and could have been either water or food.

    Source: Centre for Infectuous Disease Research & Policy


    Link Read more
    Link Further information
    Link European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control


  15. EU: No shipment of nuclear waste to ACP countries
    2011-07-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment

    For the first time, the European Union has committed itself to the final disposal of its nuclear waste. Heads of government adopted the radioactive waste and spent fuel management directive, "in order to avoid imposing undue burdens on future generations." […] The directive will enter into force at the latest in September of this year. Member States will have two years to transpose its provisions into their national laws. By 2015, governments must submit their first national programs to the European Commission, the EU's executive branch, which will examine them and can require changes. […]

    In its most controversial provision, the new law allows export of nuclear waste to countries outside the EU […] but only under strict and binding conditions. The third country must have a final deep geological repository in operation when the waste is shipped. At present, such deep geological repositories do not exist anywhere in the world nor is a repository in construction outside of the EU. It takes a minimum of 40 years to develop and build a deep geological repository, the Commission said today in a statement on adoption of the new directive. According to already existing EU laws on the shipment of spent fuels and radioactive waste, the export to African, Pacific and Caribbean countries, as well as to Antarctica, is explicitly ruled out.

    Source: ens-newswire.com


    Link Read more
    Link Doubts persist as EU pledges to manage nuclear waste
    Link Read the Council directive


  16. UK suspends financial support for Malawi Government
    2011-07-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    Malawi will no longer receive general budget support from the UK Government, Andrew Mitchell announced today. General budget support is used to allow governments to deliver their own national strategies for poverty reduction against an agreed set of targets. This has now been suspended indefinitely. The Development Secretary took the decision after the Government of Malawi repeatedly failed to address UK concerns over economic management and governance.

    On governance, demonstrations have been suppressed, civil society organisations intimidated, and an Injunctions Bill passed that would make it easier for the Government to place restrictions on opponents without legal challenge. On the economy, the UK is concerned that Malawi’s overvalued exchange rate has created chronic foreign exchange shortages which are having a serious impact on the Malawian private sector’s ability to drive future growth. There are now daily fuel queues, tobacco exports have deteriorated and Malawi is off-track with its International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme. The decision is in line with international concern over Malawi’s current position.

    The World Bank, the European Union, the African Development Bank, Germany and Norway have all suspended or ended general budget support to Malawi.

    Source: DFID


    Link Read more
    Link France condemns violence in Malawi
    Link EU Delegation to Malawi


  17. AfDB, Denmark establish sustainable energy fund for Africa
    2011-07-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Denmark have entered into a technical cooperation agreement to establish a sustainable energy fund for Africa (SEFA). With a budget of US$57 million, the SEFA's objective is to provide technical capacity building and capital for investment to support sustainable energy provision for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa over a five-year period.

    It is expected that the Fund will be a multi-donor fund in the future, and that it will assist the overall purpose of increased economic growth and concomitant employment. The SEFA's funds are intended solely for financing projects with special emphasis on sustainable energy in support of the AfDB’s mandates. The creation of the Fund is based on the recognition that Africa's underutilized renewable energy resources, together with technologies becoming more reliable and profitable, create promising market opportunities in Africa.

    Source: AfDB


    Link Read more
    Link Danish Ministry of State
    Link Financing of the SEFA


  18. MEPs assess humanitarian situation in South Sudan
    2011-07-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    A delegation from the European Parliament, composed of Niccolò Rinaldi (ALDE, IT) and Patrice Tirolien (S&D, FR), head of the delegation, visited South Sudan from 19 to 21 July of 2011.The two members of the Committee on Development welcomed the allocation by the EU of 200 million Euros to support the implementation of the Government of South Sudan's forthcoming "2011-13 Development Plan" for projects related to education, health, agriculture, food security and democratic governance. [...]

    During the exchanges of views with the south Sudanese's authorities - notably the Speaker of the Parliament - and the donors' community, the EP delegation witnessed the efforts that the country and the international community are carrying out to promote the respect for democratic principles, the economic development of the country and the close cooperation with its neighbour Sudan. […]

    "For the European Union, and particularly for the European Parliament, helping South Soudan to attain a development which is inclusive and democratic is paramount" stated Mr Rinaldi. The delegation welcomed the allocation by the EU of 200 million Euros to support the implementation of the Government of South Sudan's forthcoming "2011-13 Development Plan", especially for projects related to education, health, agriculture, food security and democratic governance. A report of this mission will be presented and discussed in the Committee of Development after the summer recess.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link EU countries recognise South Sudan
    Link EU tells South Sudan MPs to act tough on corruption


  19. Green Paper on promoting the tastes of Europe
    2011-07-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Food Security

    The European Commission has launched a debate on the future of promotion and information schemes for EU agricultural products. With the publication of a Green Paper on these issues, the Commission is looking at how to shape a more targeted and more ambitious strategy for the future, which will make clearer to consumers – both in the EU and beyond - the quality, traditions and added-value of European agricultural and food products.

    Presenting the Green Paper in Brussels, EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Dacian Cioloș stated: "To protect the health of our consumers farmers in Europe face stricter rules on food safety, environmental conditions, and animal welfare than their competitors elsewhere in the world. The European agriculture industry needs an ambitious and effective promotion policy which highlights the added-value of the sector. It is also important for European jobs and growth that the EU agri-food sector can improve its position on traditional and emerging markets. We therefore need to consider how best to adapt our schemes to support this goal."

    The paper raises a series of multi-faceted questions and invites all stakeholders - consumers, producers, distributors and official authorities - to give their comments and suggestions by September 30, 2011. On the basis of these responses, the Commission will draft a Communication for publication next year, which should then lead to legislative proposals.

    The Green Paper is divided into four sections - the European added-value of this policy; objectives and measures to use on the internal EU market, including on local and regional markets; objectives and measures to use on world markets; and broader questions on the content and management of the policy. The various questions raised, 16 in all, contain different aspects and suggestions, aimed at stimulating responses. For example, they ask about the specific needs for information and promotion, both on the EU market and the external market, and what priorities should be set. There is also a question about multi-country programmes, and what can be done to encourage programmes with a greater European dimension.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Participate in the consultation
    Link EU agriculture and ACP countries


  20. The Commission announces new humanitarian funding for drought victims
    2011-07-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Food Security, Archive

    Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, announced new aid funding for famine and drought victims on the first day of a visit to Kenya. The Commission is making an immediate allocation of 27.8 million euros, which comes on top of the 70 million euros already given to the region this year, in response to the worsening humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa.

    Kristalina Georgieva visited the Dadaab refugee camp where she met families driven from Somalia by decades of conflict and the worst drought in 60 years. The drought and the massive displacement of people in the Horn of Africa, in addition to high food prices and dwindling resources, have created the world's largest humanitarian crisis. Some 11 million vulnerable people are now affected.

    "This unprecedented crisis in the Horn of Africa calls for an unprecedented response," said the Commissioner, speaking ahead of the visit. "This is why, on top of today's announcement of new funding of €27.8 million, I have started the process to mobilise another €60 million to alleviate the suffering of so many people. This will bring our response to nearly €158 million." She added: "Europeans have responded generously to this crisis but the situation is getting worse, especially in Somalia. In Dadaab more than 400,000 people are living in refugee camps intended for 90,000. Every day more than 3,000 Somalis are fleeing across their country's borders to seek food and security in Ethiopia and Kenya. […]

    This new aid package will provide food and nutrition to the most vulnerable households. Assistance will also be given to safeguard animal health and protect livestock in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link FAO emergency meeting
    Link Commissioner Georgieva in Kenya


  21. Africa’s first microfinance fund for sustainable farmers launched
    2011-07-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Food Security

    Africa’s first specialist rural microfinance fund supporting fair trade and organic small business, FEFISOL, the European Solidarity Financing Fund for Africa, was launched by the European Investment Bank, Agence Française de Développement and a broad grouping of development bodies, social investors and microfinance service providers. The EUR 15 million FEFISOL fund will provide much needed microfinance funds for poor rural households across Africa and help finance small scale investment in agricultural activities.

    Three social investors with more than 25 years of experience working with microfinance institutions, agricultural cooperatives and small businesses in emerging countries will provide specialist support to the fund. These include French development association Solidarite International pour le Developpement et l’Investissement (SIDI), who will manage of the FEFISOL fund, Belgian development organisation Alterfin and Etimos from Italy. The FEFISOL fund is expected to double in size by 2013 and will assist microfinance institutions that help poor households in rural areas where no formal lending exists. Rural microfinance will support income generating activities and reduce dependence on outside help. […]

    “Microfinance is key to enhancing economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. The FEFISOL initiative will reach remote rural communities, helping small businesses develop and progressively reduce poverty,” said Marie-Hélène Loison, Head of the Private Equity Department of PROPARCO, the private sector arm of AFD. […]

    FEFISOL will fund microfinance institutions and producer organisations across the continent in local currency. African microfinance bodies will benefit from a subsidised loan provided by AFD that absorbs foreign exchange loss on local currencies. Dedicated support for fair trade and organic producer organisations will help improve the quality and development of their activities over the long-term, notably by gaining access to new market sectors. SOS Faim and the African Microfinance Institutions Network will assist in this process, along with specialist fair trade organisations based in Africa.

    Source: EIB


    Link Read more
    Link Luxembourg provides new microfinance funding
    Link AFD


  22. Ivory Coast: EU launches five programmes for economic recovery
    2011-07-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive

    The European Union adopted five programmes for 125 million euros to Ivory Coast. These programmes are intended to support the areas of vocational training, health, transportation, public finance management and the strengthening of civil society organisations.

    "In line with commitments I made to President Ouattara during my visit to Abidjan on 6 May, the EU is and will remain a key partner to support the Ivorian authorities in the country's economic recovery and national reconciliation. Our support reflects the priorities defined by the Ivorian authorities and are areas where the EU can have a quick added value," said Mr Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development.

    The five projects will be funded by the 10th European Development Fund. They include:

    • Support to the transport sector (€ 70 million) that will strengthen road maintenance and the rehabilitation of the poor surface of the main road in the country linking the Ivory Coast to Ghana, contributing to the flow of trade at national and regional levels.
    • Support for generating vocational training and youth integration through the development of employment-oriented training schemes (€ 25 million). Several vocational training centres will be rehabilitated and equipped.
    • A programme to revitalise the health sector, to improve basic health care and improve access of poor populations to essential drugs (€ 15 million).
    • A programme to support financial and institutional governance, including actions to improve the statistical system and to reform the Ivorian budget system to be results-orientated(€ 11 million).
    • A programme to support civil society organisations, especially representing women and young people (€ 4 million). This programme will help to improve citizen involvement in establishing democracy, including at the local level, and in the process of national reconciliation.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link UN Resolution 1975 on Ivory Coast
    Link EU Delegation to Ivory Coast


  23. West Africa’s future being determined in Brussels
    2011-07-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Food Security

    In a critical vote on the future of European agriculture last month European Parliamentarians sent conflicting messages to policy makers. They acknowledged that making the Common Agricultural Policy more market oriented has ‘proved its worth’ but went on to defend production based premiums that distort trade such as those given to cotton farmers.

    European Parliamentarians describe a scenario where there is ‘no alternative’ to the established cost-intensive forms of production when trade distorting subsidies need to exist. But in today’s day and age it’s hard to imagine that the ‘impossible’ is not possible. With technology developing at the speed of light how can there be ‘no alternative’ to anything let alone better seeds and better soil?

    Suggesting that European farmers need to be told what to plant and paid to do it because they have ‘no alternative’ not only dumbs them down but also means that poor farmers in developing countries don’t get a fair chance at making a decent living from what they produce. This is a disappointment for the Great Cotton Stitch-Up campaigners who have lobbied their local European Parliament representatives and decorated three miles of bunting for trade justice.

    Luckily the European Parliament is not the only institution making the rules. The British government still has a chance to prove that eliminating cotton subsidies is a ‘key objective’ in Europe as they claim.  So far, however, there is no sign of Agriculture Minister Caroline Spelman making the case with any of her European counterparts. The future for West African cotton farmers does not look bright.

    Source: Fair Trade Foundation


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    Link Fair Trade Foundation
    Link ECOWAS


  24. South African coffee farmers get sh7bn EU deal
    2011-07-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Coffee farmers, under the Ankole Coffee Producers Co-operative Union, have secured a contract to supply over 1,000 tonnes of coffee to the European Union (EU) and South Africa. The development comes at a time when the country is faced with a shortfall in foreign exchange earnings as a result of dwindling export receipts.

    John Nuwagaba, the union’s general manager, said farmers would fetch about sh7.2bn (€2.0bn) this season if they supply the required coffee. Nuwagaba identified the EU countries as Spain, Holland, UK and Germany. He, however, expressed fear that they might fail to raise the required quantities because farmers are not organised and due to a decrease in coffee acreages caused by the coffee wilt disease.

    His concern is not far-fetched as issues of honouring and raising contractual quantities have always been a big asking for local exporters. This has, in turn, taken a huge toll on Uganda’s export earnings. The official said, besides being strict on quality, the interested countries want non-contaminated organic coffee.

    Source: New Vision


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    Link Uganda-EU trade figures
    Link EU Delegation to Uganda




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