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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 286]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 286]
Send date: 2011-08-19 15:15:23
Issue #: 102
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 Rural Transformation
  2. Our guest: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, IFPRI
  3. Life after the Doha Round
  4. Euro area external trade surplus 0.9 bn euro
  5. Urbanisation at the heart of world water week
  6. NAMBIA: No Option but to Adapt to a Changing Climate
  7. Dirk Niebel visits refugee camp Dadaab
  8. Commission celebrates World Humanitarian Day
  9. Second Issue of CARIFORUM-EU EPA newsletter published
  10. The EU massively invests in health in Burundi
  11. 2010 Annual Report of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund
  12. EU-backed investment for poor farmers in Togo almost doubles its returns
  13. Commission publishes EU Donor Atlas 2011
  14. SPC develops marketing strategy for pacific cultural industries
  15. FAO calls Horn of Africa crisis meeting on 18 August


  1. Brussels Briefing Rural Transformation
    2011-08-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy

    Very Last news: Brussels Briefing Rural Transformation 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 confirmed speakers are 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), Dr Dyborn Chibonga, CEO of NASFAM (Malawi), Paul Barera from the Rwanda Telecentre Network (RTN). We will also have experiences from Asia and Latin America presented.

    To learn more about the Briefing, please visit http://brusselsbriefings.net or sign up for automatic Brussels Briefings email alerts.


    Link Brussels Briefings
    Link Programme
    Link Subscribe to Briefing email alerts


  2. Our guest: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, IFPRI
    2011-08-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    Rajul Pandya-Lorch is head of IFPRI's 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative, a global initiative that seeks to identify solutions for meeting world food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the environment. In our interview Ms Pandya-Lorch resumes the discussions at the Brussels Briefing on Nutrition security and outlines the way forward.


    Link Watch the video
    Link IFPRI
    Link Brussels Briefing on nutrition


  3. Life after the Doha Round
    2011-08-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    In Geneva, the WTO Doha Round’s attempts to hang on to life become fainter and weaker. Pascal Lamy was in sombre mood at the meeting:

    “What we are seeing today is the paralysis in the negotiating function of the WTO, whether it is on market access or on the rule- making. What we are facing is the inability of the WTO to adapt and adjust to emerging global trade priorities, those you cannot solve through bilateral deals.”

    While no government has yet declared that the Doha Round is dead, it is clearly on life support. It is therefore important to consider the options facing the WTO before the next Ministerial Conference in Geneva on December 15-17. […] There are essentially just two options, but with a number of permutations within each option: either countries stick with the Doha Round agenda and try to bring it to a successful conclusion sooner or later, or countries walk away from the Doha Round, declare it a failure, and seek other routes either under WTO auspices or not for further trade liberalisation. In this post, I enumerate the various roadmaps which have been put forward.

    Source: capreform.eu


    Link Read more
    Link Commission: The CAP post-2013
    Link World Trade Organisation (WTO)


  4. Euro area external trade surplus 0.9 bn euro
    2011-08-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The first estimate for euro area (EA17) trade with the rest of the world in June 2011 gave a 0.9 bn euro surplus, compared with +0.7 bn euro in June 2010. The May 2011 balance was +0.2 bn, compared with -4.9 bn in May 2010. In June 2011 compared with May 2011, seasonally adjusted exports fell by 4.7% and imports by 4.1%.

    The first estimate for the June 2011 extra-EU27 trade balance was a 12.2 bn euro deficit, compared with -11.1 bn in June 2010. In May 2011 the balance was -12.3 bn, compared with -16.0 bn in May 2010. In June 2011 compared with May 2011, seasonally adjusted exports fell by 4.8% and imports by 3.8%.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EUROSTAT
    Link Van Rompuy to chair new economic government


  5. Urbanisation at the heart of world water week
    2011-08-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive, Food Policy

    The problems arising from increasing urbanisation are at the heart of this year’s world water week taking placei n Stockholm from 21 to 27 August. Many presentations and discussions therefore focus on urban water management. Around 2,500 experts are expected to attend the conference.

    The comprehensive world water week programme includes more than 100 events, each of them looking upon the global challenge of water provision and waste water management from a different perspective. Most participants are scientists, public and private sector decision-makers or experts active in development policy. Town mayors of bigger cities who are confronted with water issues will have their own platform for discussions.

    World water week is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

    Source: epo.de

     


    Link Read more [DE]
    Link World Water Week
    Link Brussels Briefing on Water


  6. NAMBIA: No Option but to Adapt to a Changing Climate
    2011-08-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Extreme weather conditions predicted because of climate change in Namibia are likely to have a tremendous effect on the 70 percent of the country’s people who live in rural areas and depend heavily on agriculture.

    According to experts in climate change, Namibia has no option but to adapt to the changing climate as radical changes in weather, such as extreme dry spells and exceptionally heavy rainfall, are forecast for the southern African country. […]

    At least 21 school children were reported to have drowned since the beginning of the floods in early February. Extensive damage was also sustained on Namibia’s roads, buildings and other infrastructure, and thousands of people were displaced.

    In a country where some of the biggest contributors to the national economy – namely agriculture, fisheries and eco-tourism – are dependent on natural resources, the ever-increasing change will require substantial adaptation.

    Source: IPS


    Link Read more
    Link EU Supports Namibia flood relief operations
    Link EU Delegation to Namibia


  7. Dirk Niebel visits refugee camp Dadaab
    2011-08-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Archive

    On Tuesday, the German federal minister for economic cooperation and development, Dirk Niebel, visited the refugee camp Dadaab as part of his travel through Kenya.

    Besides providing emergency food aid, the German development ministry (BMZ) will also increase efforts to stabilise the situation for refugees and locals in the medium and long term. Increased educational opportunities for children are particularly in the focus.

    More than 400,000 people now reside in the refugee camp Dadaab in very difficult conditions. Facilities for refugees are outdated and overcrowded. The BMZ has been supporting the refugee camp for several years as part of a joint programme with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), this year with an amount of 2 million EUR.

    Source: BMZ


    Link Read more [DE]
    Link Germany to provide another 118 million EUR [DE]
    Link BMZ


  8. Commission celebrates World Humanitarian Day
    2011-08-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    19 August is World Humanitarian Day and as every year since 2008, tomorrow the European Commission will honour those who dedicate their lives to preserving and improving the lives of others who need assistance to survive.

    "Humanitarian workers are humble but their achievement is not: each of them can make a difference for hundreds of human beings and this could be the difference between life or death, between starvation and deprivation or promise and self-sufficiency,” pointed out Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

    Collectively, the EU is the world's largest humanitarian donor – since the start of this year it has delivered over 37% of global humanitarian funding. The Commission is actively engaged in ensuring that Europe's leadership in the humanitarian sphere delivers concrete results. Its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Directorate General (ECHO) has more than 400 people working in 47 field offices anywhere in the world where humanitarian aid is needed.

    The Commission collaborates with over 200 relief organisations. Its humanitarian partners include 14 United Nations agencies, 191 non-governmental organisations and three international organisations (The International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent, The International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent and the International Organisation for Migration).

    In 2010, the Commission funded the activities of the world's most efficient humanitarian aid operators with €1.115 billion. This support is translated into relief and hope for 151 millions of suffering people in 80 countries.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link More information
    Link Commission: Humanitarian Aid


  9. Second Issue of CARIFORUM-EU EPA newsletter published
    2011-08-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The CARICOM Secretariat-based Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Implementation Unit published the second Issue of its flagship newsletter, EPA Implementation Bulletin on 15 August. It is a Special Issue, dedicated to showcasing those EPA Implementation Units in CARIFORUM States that are supported by the United Kingdom’s Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund (CARTFund).

    The Bulletin forms part of the Unit’s Public Education Programme. The electronically available publication is an effort to provide authoritative news, rigorous and original analysis and expert views on the CARIFORUM-EU EPA and its implementation.

    Source: Caricom


    Link Read the newsletter
    Link Commission: Economic partnerships
    Link EU Delegation to Barbados & EAS


  10. The EU massively invests in health in Burundi
    2011-08-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The European Commission has attributed 25 million EUR to the health policy sector in Burundi. It approved the Support Project for the Health Sector in Burundi “Amagara Meza” which will be implemented from 2011 to 2015.

    The project “Amagara Meza” (which means “good health” in the national language) follows the HealthPlus project that was implemented in six provinces from 2008 to 2011. HealthPlus supported the decentralisation of health policies towards the regional level and also started a pilot project for performance-based remuneration which increased the quantity and quality of health services.

    Amagara Meza will cover eight provinces and several activities:

    • Access to health care services
    • A better health care quality and capacity-building for public health officials
    • Consolidation of the achievements of the HealthPlus project with regard to decentralisation and performance-based remuneration
    • New initiatives with regard to the financing of health, health insurance, a national policy for the management of medical material and an improvement of financial management in Burundi’s health ministry.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link EU cooperation with Burundi
    Link Commission: Public health


  11. 2010 Annual Report of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund
    2011-08-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    Between April 2007 and the end of 2010, 32 projects of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (ITF) were approved (EUR208.86m of grants), allowing EUR5.6bn of investments. The French Development Agency (AFD) has led 10 projects (31% of cases). It is involved in half of the projects and has benefited from EUR66m of grants (1/3 of allocations) for a commitment of EUR408m out of a total of EUR1.25bn mobilized by the Project Financiers Group.

    The EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (ITF) was established in 2007 to develop EU investments in regional infrastructure in Africa in partnership with other initiatives, stakeholders and instruments, but always with the aim of ensuring that African partners take ownership. This Fund finances infrastructure projects that have regional structural impacts in the water, power, transport and ICT sectors. The instrument is part of a wider series of initiatives, the EU-Africa Partnership on Infrastructure.

    Source: AFD


    Link Read more
    Link Read the annual report
    Link EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund


  12. EU-backed investment for poor farmers in Togo almost doubles its returns
    2011-08-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security

    A United Nations-European Union initiative to help Togo cope with high food prices and bad weather by providing seeds, fertilizers and other input for 20,000 rural farmers has produced returns that are almost double the cost.

    “Our prime objective, to improve the level of nutrition and to increase the income of vulnerable farmers, has been accomplished,” said Alfred Andriantianasolo, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) emergency coordinator for the West African country. Under the scheme, the European Union (EU) channelled €2.5 million through FAO in 2009 to help more than 20,000 Togolese farmers most affected by floods and sharp increases in food prices in 2007 and 2008 to restart production. Two years on, FAO estimates at €4.7 million the total value of what they have produced – 9,634 tons of maize, 675 tons of rice, 85 tons of sorghum, 3,522 tons of tomatoes, 350 tons of onions and 85 tons of green chillis.

    Rural Togolese were already suffering from malnutrition, exacerbated by demographic pressure and the collapse of cotton cultivation, a major cash crop. In 2006, almost 50 per cent of the population was underfed, according to figures from the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

    Under the UN-EU initiative 15,000 farmers received seeds and fertilizer to grow staple crops such as maize, rice and sorghum, while 5,500 more received inputs for market gardening. “We have provided some oxygen to farmers,” said Marc Casterán, in charge of rural development at the EU Delegation in Togo, explaining that the project aimed at helping the country move towards long-term food security.

    Source: United Nations


    Link Read more
    Link EU cooperation with Togo
    Link EU Food Facility


  13. Commission publishes EU Donor Atlas 2011
    2011-08-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The European Commission has put the EU Donor Atlas 2011 online. The donor atlas is an interactive online tool that provides an overview of what the EU and its Member States do to support development across the world. It covers official aid from most EU Member States for 2009 (in some cases not all information is available) as well as from the European Commission and also contains information on key development indicators of developing countries. You can search by specific donor country, areas of activity (e.g. global trends; accountability; Millennium Development Goals), regions, or developing countries.

    Source: CTA/European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Commission: DG DEVCO
    Link Annual report of DG DEVCO


  14. SPC develops marketing strategy for pacific cultural industries
    2011-08-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Human Development Programme (HDP) has appointed tourism and handcraft consultant Jessie McComb to develop a strategy to market Pacific cultural industries to the European Union (EU) and other regions.

    The Pacific is rich in cultural industries. However, the sector suffers from a lack of coordination and information between actors, institutions and markets. The strategy will pull together and help organise the cultural industries sector so that producers of cultural expressions, goods and services are able to indentify and meet their actual and potential markets and earn a regular income.

    The consultancy will focus on the development of a marketing strategy for visual arts, art crafts, dance, fashion and music. SPC Culture Adviser Elise Huffer said the idea is to gauge the potential markets in the specific areas of cultural industries that are ready to enter and maintain their presence in the EU market. Over the next month, Ms McComb will consult with a range of stakeholders, including ministries of trade and commerce and ministries of culture; national private sector organisations; cultural practitioners, producers and entrepreneurs; and regional and international agencies that promote Pacific cultural goods and services. Her work will also cover in-country assessments in Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. […]

    The study is made possible through European Commission funding and is an activity under the 'Structuring the Cultural Sector in the Pacific for Improved Human Development' project. The project is being implemented by SPC's Human Development Programme.

    Source: Secretariat of the Pacific Community


    Link Read more
    Link SG's remarks to Pacific ACP Trade Ministers
    Link Study on EPAs and non-communicable diseases


  15. FAO calls Horn of Africa crisis meeting on 18 August
    2011-08-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, Archive

    Up to now, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has provided aid to nearly 8 million people in the region in the past five weeks and is targeting 11.5 million out of more than 13 million people affected by the drought and famine, with governments and partners tending to the rest. It recently started a series of nine airlifts to Mombasa, Kenya, carrying a total of 800 tons of high-energy biscuits (HEBs), enough to feed 1.6 million people for a day.

    The biscuits are being pre-positioned for onward delivery to vulnerable people throughout the region, where scores of thousands of Somalis are seeking relief in overcrowded refugee camps in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, both of which have also been affected by the crisis. WFP aims to deliver over the next two months 2,000 tons of fortified food to fight acute childhood malnutrition, 2,000 tons of HEBs, and 10,000 tons of fortified cereal by air and road to Somalia. This follows an initial airlift of 86 tons to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, enough to feed more than 30,000 malnourished children under age five for a month.

    Looking beyond the immediate crisis of saving the lives of the acutely malnourished, many of them children under five, the FAO will host a high-level meeting in Rome on 18 August to agree on steps to spark a short-term agricultural recovery, such as cash for work for agricultural and water harvesting, seed distribution, vaccination and animal feeding, irrigation and food storage.

    These actions will transition into support to governments’ medium- to long-term plans, building resilience over the long haul. The agency has already asked for $161 million to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of farmers and pastoralists across the drought-struck region but has so far only received or had commitments for around $57 million, leaving a $103 million shortfall.

    Source: United Nations


    Link Read more
    Link Netherlands: emergency aid is necessary [NL]
    Link German response to hunger in East Africa



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