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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 310]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 310]
Send date: 2012-02-17 19:48:09
Issue #: 126
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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. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 20/02 to 26/02/2012
  2. Our video guest: Hans Bruyninckx, director of HIVA, University of Leuven
  3. Webstreamed Brussels Briefing: Pastoralism
  4. 'When the music changes, so must the dance'
  5. EU action in 2011
  6. The EC and WFP to devote more funds to the Sahel
  7. EU - Guinea Bissau agree on new FPA protocol
  8. Ghana increases its banana exports to Europe
  9. Somalia sets to deepen relations with the ACP and EU
  10. Parliament follows AGRI Committee recommendation
  11. Funds unduly spent by EU Member States claimed back by the EC
  12. MEPs help boost dairy farmers' bargaining
  13. Commission and academia to join forces against poverty
  14. MEPs in fishing sustainability call
  15. Sustainable response to soil degradation
  16. The BRICs oppose EU’s unilateral action
  17. Despite the crisis, the EU will be there
  18. Boosting economic growth in West Africa
  19. Kenya taking steps to ensure full traceability
  20. Talks leave something to be desired
  21. CARICOM and Chile: committed to working together
  22. Dominica gets helping hand from the BAM
  23. Further EU action needed to head off more severe food security crisis


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 20/02 to 26/02/2012
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    Council of Ministers
    -23/24 February: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
    -21/22 February: Coreper II
    -21 February: Coreper I
    Research events
    -20/21 February: Thematic workshop on climate finance in light of meaningful emission reductions and increased transparency (Denmark)

    22 February: Next Brussels Development Briefing: New challenges and opportunities for pastoralism in ACP countries

    You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.




  2. Our video guest: Hans Bruyninckx, director of HIVA, University of Leuven
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Policy, Archive, Rural development, Environment, Food Security

    How the world will look by 2020? Will the development agenda change drastically? Will the BRICs take over the role of traditional donors? How will this affect the developing world? These and other topics were discussed at length this week at the University of Leuven where HIVA, Research Institute for Work and Society, presented some of the key findings of a draft report. CTA Brussels met with Hans Bruyninckx, director of the Institute. In particular, he spoke to us about the role of emerging countries in development cooperation.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Know more about HIVA
    Link EU Policy towards the BRICS


  3. Webstreamed Brussels Briefing: Pastoralism
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive, Food Security, Food Policy

    As we have been informing our readers  in recent weeks, our next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on the 22 February 2012 and will be organised in partnership with the African Union Commission, the European Commission (DG DEVCO) the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
    Pastoralism will be at the core of our next Brussels Briefing. We will discuss the main challenges affecting the pastoralists, especially in the ACP countries, and the opportunities provided by existing continental and regional policy frameworks and processes. It will then focus on sharing good practices and experiences from the field across regions. We will also identify what urgent and concrete policy actions need to be in place to increase support pastoralism.

    The Briefing will be fully webstreamed in English and French (from 8h30 a.m. to13.00 p.m. CET).


    Link Visit Brussels Brieffings
    Link The programme
    Link Note


  4. 'When the music changes, so must the dance'
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    In light of an “unstable” state of affairs, the newly appointed Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors encourages solidarity amongst African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Ambassador Shirley Skerritt-Andrew, who represents the Eastern Caribbean States of the Commonwealth, who recently  started her six month term as Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors,  spoke to the ACP delegates in Brussels. Notably, she said that the historic ties and shared values  link ACP to  European Union. "[These] are the foundation of our partnership [and] are increasingly being tested, and new strategies deployed by the EU seem to confirm this trend. The global scene does seem ominous.”
    Notably, she noted a decline in foreign aid flows, concern over the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals; the Doha impasse; delays in international climate change negotiations; problematic aid effectiveness as well as the ongoing effects of the global economic crisis. “It is at this point that I believe that it is useful to remember that old African proverb that states ‘when the music changes, so must the dance’.”
    Skerritt-Andrew, a specialist on European affairs and a former senior advisor to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, said the introduction of the Economic Partnership Agreements with Europe had divided the ACP Group along regional lines, and the Commission’s proposal to withdraw 18 ACP countries from the list of beneficiaries of trade preferences under Regulation 1528/2007 as of 1 January 2014, could also be seen as a threat to the stability of the group.

    Source: CTA


    Link Read more
    Link Inaugural address
    Link The honeymoon is over


  5. EU action in 2011
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    The EU has recently released the general report on the activities of 2011. What contribution has the Union made on the international scene? What was done to help boost growth and preserve jobs? How have Europeans and non-Europeans benefited from the Union?
    The General Report is published every year by the European Commission as it aims to give an account of the EU's major initiatives and achievements throughout the year.
    The text, which is divided into 5 parts, describes the EU's actions in the world in its fourth chapter .

    Source: European Commission

    EU action in 2011

    The EU has recently released the general report on the activities of 2011. What contribution the Union made on the international scene? What was done to help boost growth and preserve jobs? How Europeans and non-Europeans benefited from the Union?

    The General Report is published every year by the European Commission as it aims at giving an account of the EU's major initiatives and achievements throughout the year.
    The text, which is divided into 5 parts, describes in its fourth chapter the EU action in the world.

    http://europa.eu/generalreport/index_en.htm


    Link Read the report
    Link Know more about EU External Action
    Link EU around the globe


  6. The EC and WFP to devote more funds to the Sahel
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Food Security

    According to most recent updates, the European Commission and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are to scale up their joint hunger-fighting efforts with an upcoming agreement for €30 million of humanitarian assistance. These new funds will support food programmes for one million children under the age of two and half a million pregnant and breast-feeding mothers who will face malnutrition in the coming months.
    Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, underlines that the EC will focus on reducing the impact of a failed harvest “and prevent it from turning into another major food crisis”
    The contribution will help to prevent malnutrition by scaling up food assistance over the coming months. The aim is to anticipate and reduce the impact of the food crisis which threatens 12 million people across the Sahel, according to the Commission.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the WFP
    Link Before


  7. EU - Guinea Bissau agree on new FPA protocol
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    Following recent talks, the EU and Guinea Bissau agreed to a new Protocol to implement the EU/Guinea Bissau Fisheries Partnership Agreement. This Protocol provides the EU with fishing opportunities for fish (including tuna), cephalopods and shrimps. In return, the EU will pay Guinea Bissau an annual compensation of € 9.2 million, out of which € 3 million is earmarked to support the fisheries policy of Guinea Bissau. European vessel owners will continue to pay a license fee to fish in Guinea Bissau waters.
    Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said both parties "are satisfied with the results of the negotiations". Moreover, she stressed that this new Protocol "underscores the continuous strong co-operation on fisheries between the EU and Guinea Bissau". According to the Commission, the Protocol reinforces the role of the joint scientific committee to improve scientific advice and further develop the management measures. Control too will be improved thanks to the use of vessel monitoring system (VMS) and electronic logbooks. It also includes a clause on the respect of human rights. The EU and Guinea Bissau have decided to reinforce cooperation between economic operators in the fisheries sector.
    The Protocol will be valid for 3 years and will replace the current one, which expires on 15 June 2012. The Member States with an interest in it are mainly France, Portugal and Spain.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Guinea Bissau
    Link FisheriesPartnership Agreements


  8. Ghana increases its banana exports to Europe
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    According to dailyguideghana, the country’s 62,000 tonnes of banana exports to the European Union in 2011 was a jump from the previous year’s 52,000 tonnes. This, which represents a small slice of the global banana market, is far less than the quantities exported by African banana export leaders Ivory Coast and Cameroon, according to UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) figures.
    Exporters in African and Caribbean in 2010 exported a total of 450,000 tonnes, representing 23% of the market share with almost all of the African supply coming from only two sources: Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon ,and marginal quantities originating from Ghana.
    According to FAO statistics, total export of bananas accounted for 15 million tonnes in 2010 valued at over US$7 billion. The European banana market is the largest in the world, with about 5.5 million tonnes imported per year. Since 2006 when the EU opened its market, there has been a rise in exports of between 2 and 5 percent annually.

    Source: Dailyguideghana


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Ghana relations
    Link Again a banana issue?


  9. Somalia sets to deepen relations with the ACP and EU
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    Somali Prime Minister H.E Abdiweli Mohamed Ali will be speaking in Brussels to the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) on  February 20th. The purpose of the visit is to reaffirm Somali relations with the ACP Group and the European Union, and also to rally support in calling for deeper attention to Somalia’s on-going humanitarian, security and nation-building efforts.
    Somalia is a signatory to the ACP-EU Lomé Conventions and the 1975 Georgetown Agreement which founded the 79 member ACP Group of States.After meeting the Ambassadors, the Prime Minister will hold a joint press conference at the ACP House alongside the Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, H.E Shirley Skerritt-Andrew, also the Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States in Brussels.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Somalia
    Link EC Joint Strategy Paper (08-2013)


  10. Parliament follows AGRI Committee recommendation
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    As CTA reported last week, Parliament’s Agriculture (AGRI) Committee  backed a two-year reprieve for the EU's "food for the needy" programme, on which 18 million of the EU's most deprived people rely.  Parliament as a whole has followed AGRI Committee recommendation to rescue the programme and has approved it in plenary session. The programme will run until the end of 2013, with a budget of up to €500 million per year.
    Agriculture Committee chair, Paolo de Castro (S&D, IT)  said that keeping the programme on track  “is an important achievement". However, he highlighted that” this is not the end of the story” and  they will keep up “political pressure to make sure that the EU continues to show solidarity to the weakest of our society also beyond 2013, especially so in the times of severe economic crisis".
    The new rules, approved by the Parliament without a vote, will apply retroactively from 1 January 2012, enabling the programme to continue until the end of 2013, with a budget ceiling of €500 million per year.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link AGRI Committee
    Link Text adopted


  11. Funds unduly spent by EU Member States claimed back by the EC
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    Under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure, a total of €115.2 million of EU agricultural policy funds unduly spent by Member States is being claimed back by the European Commission. As some of these amounts have already been recovered from the Member States, the financial impact is somewhat lower at €54.3 million. Under this latest decision, funds will be recovered from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
    This money returns to the EU budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.
    Member States are responsible for managing most CAP payments, mainly via their paying agencies. They are also in charge of controls, for example verifying the farmer's claims for direct payments. The Commission carries out over 100 audits every year, verifying that Member State controls and responses to shortcomings are sufficient, and has the power to claw back funds in arrears if the audits show that Member State responses are not good enough to guarantee that EU funds have been spent properly.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the CAP
    Link Wiser, though controversial


  12. MEPs help boost dairy farmers' bargaining
    2012-02-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    MEPs have recently approved new legislation on agriculture. Notably, a new regulation will boost dairy farmers' bargaining power to get fair prices for their raw milk and help them prepare for the end of milk quotas in 2015.  Moreover, it will enable farmers' organisations to negotiate raw milk prices on their behalf without falling foul of competition law.
    Parliament's rapporteur James Nicholson (ECR, UK) who stressed the benefits of this new legislation, said that ¨producer organisations should help farmers to organise themselves better and strengthen their position in the supply chain, especially in Member States where a system of co-operatives is limited or even non-existent, so that they can achieve the best possible price for their milk".
    The new regulation, which has been provisionally agreed with the Council, has been approved at the first reading with 574 votes in favour, 97 against and 18 abstention.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Text adopted
    Link High Level Expert Group on Milk


  13. Commission and academia to join forces against poverty
    2012-02-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    Brussels has recently witnessed the launch of the European Commission's new Scientific Advisory Board for EU development policy. The Board, which is expected to provide cutting edge research, is made up of eight international academics with expertise in development issues. These experts will meet twice a year to discuss key topics of development policy.
    European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs expressed: "I want to ensure that EU development policies are based on the best scientific evidence available to achieve the best possible results of our aid [...] The Board will help us to link research and concrete policy formulation and implementation in a much more effective way. I want to thank the members of the Board for their time and voluntary contribution to this ambitious project."

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Andris Piebalgs
    Link DG DEVCO


  14. MEPs in fishing sustainability call
    2012-02-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    According to most recent updates, MEPs said in a recently passed resolution that Common fisheries policy reform must ensure that stocks are exploited sustainably. Moreover, they stressed the policy must regard fishermen creating jobs for coastal communities and provide secure food supplies for EU citizens.
    The Parliament called on the Commission and the Council to resolve current deadlock among Member States over the long-term management plans, such as that for the western stock of Atlantic horse mackerel, which has been blocked in the Council since November 2010.
    MEPs said long-term management plans should apply to as many fish stocks as possible and must be decided jointly by the Parliament and the Council, under the ordinary legislative procedure.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Text adopted
    Link Fisheries work programme


  15. Sustainable response to soil degradation
    2012-02-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Policy

    The European Commission has recently presented 2 reports on the policy and scientific aspects of European soil. According to the main findings, soil degradation is a worrying phenomenon in the EU: Between 1990 and 2006, at least 275 hectares of soil per day were permanently lost through soil sealing – the covering of fertile land by impermeable material – amounting to 1,000 km² per year, or an area the size of Cyprus every ten years. As soil degradation affects human capacity to produce food, prevent droughts and flooding, stop biodiversity loss, and tackle climate change, Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik stresses the EU has to use the resources from its soils more sustainably.
    Furthermore, Potočnik adds: "These reports highlight the importance of preserving European soils if we are to safeguard supplies of quality food and clean groundwater, healthy recreational spaces, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The best way to do this would be through a common approach across the EU. The Commission has put legislative proposals on the table, and I hope our new reports will help Council and Parliament move towards action. "
    According to the Commission, five years after the adoption of a Soil Thematic Strategy, there is still no systematic monitoring and protection of soil quality across Europe. This means that existing actions are not sufficient to ensure an adequate level of protection for all soil in Europe.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Policy report
    Link Scientific report


  16. The BRICs oppose EU’s unilateral action
    2012-02-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Though we recently reported that one of the aims of the EU is to work more closely with the so-called BRICs (India, Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa), the relationship appears to be cooler than desired. The BRICs have recently expressed their concern and opposed the inclusion of international aviation in the European Union Emission Trading Scheme, as it violates international law including the principles and provision of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and runs counter to multilateralism. The 5 countries have released a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 10th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change that was attended by senior Ministers.
    According to the statement issued: “Ministers noted that the unilateral action by EU in the name of climate change was taken despite strong international opposition and would seriously jeopardise the international efforts to combat climate change. The Ministers recognised the threat of similar unilateral measures being considered by developed countries in the name of climate change in the area of international shipping and expressed their concern.”

    Source: Business line


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about UNFCCC
    Link MEPs call for closer ties


  17. Despite the crisis, the EU will be there
    2012-02-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive, ACP-EU Policy

    According to VibeGhana, the EU Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Claude Maerten, recently assured that despite the current economic crisis in Europe,  the EU would always stand by Ghana in its development endeavour.
    Notably, Ambassador Maerten stressed the country is recognised worldwide as the beacon of democracy in Africa. Furthermore, he encouraged Ghanaians to use their votes in the December elections to express their goodwill and elect a president to show to the world that Ghana is, indeed, a champion in democracy in Africa.
    The Ambassador, who was honoured at a durbar on the importance of the Biometric Voters Register to the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections at a forum on Tuesday, was accompanied by some other EU officials.

    Source: VibeGhana


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Ghana
    Link Additional support to Ghana


  18. Boosting economic growth in West Africa
    2012-02-14

    According to a recent report of the World Bank, mining companies can boost economic growth in West Africa by purchasing more equipment, supplies and services from local businesses. The report focuses on Ghana, Guinea and Senegal.
    Entitled “Increasing Local Procurement by the Mining Industry in West Africa”, the report shows that raising the share of local procurement by mining companies would spread the benefits of mining more evenly across a country’s economy, creating jobs and stimulating the sustainable development of local enterprises.
    The report recommends that West African governments work with mining companies, suppliers, and civil society to strengthen definitions and indicators for measuring local procurement, and that mining companies develop and implement local procurement plans.
    Mining is an economic engine for West Africa, which supplies about nine percent of the world’s bauxite, and eight percent of its gold. Regional organizations that are involved in coordinating, advocating, or setting standards for mining policy, receive financial support of the EU.

    Source: World Bank


    Link Read more
    Link Read the study
    Link The mining sector


  19. Kenya taking steps to ensure full traceability
    2012-02-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    According to Businessdaily Africa, Kenya seems to be doing more and more to ensure it maintains its lucrative relationship with Europe as an export market for its fresh produce. The country  is amending legislation to ensure full traceability of all produce from field to market.
    Under the new laws, exporters will have to pass strict licence criteria, will have to provide a list of all suppliers and producers they purchase from, and give details of production output and capability. Exporters will have a period of 3 months to update their licences.
    It is important to note that Kenya banned the pesticide ingredient, dimethoate, as a response to growing awareness and concerns over food safety issues in Europe, an important market for the African nation.

    Source: Business daily Africa


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Kenya relations
    Link EU forces pesticide chemical banning


  20. Talks leave something to be desired
    2012-02-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) Third Preparatory Conference, which recently took place in Santiago, Chile, has not produced totally satisfying results. Though the Interim Measures for the jack mackerel stock for 2012 will be renewed under conditions that are in line with EU’s position, the European Commission (EC) expresses concern about the lack of Peruvian cooperation.
    According to a recent EC press release, in the course of the SPRFMO Third Preparatory Conference, an agreement was reached to further limit catches to 40% of the 2010 baseline.The EU overall catch limit was fixed at 27 000 tonnes for 2012, a sharp reduction from 135 000 tonnes in 2010.
    Nevertheless Peru set a unilateral quota for its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which does not comply with the scientific advice and risks to undermine the general effort deployed from all other participants in the fishery for the conservation and management of the jack mackerel stock.
    The SPRFMO Convention is expected to enter into force before the end of 2012, allowing the SPRFMO to start working properly at the beginning of 2013. At the moment, all decisions are taken on voluntary basis.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link More about the SPRFMO
    Link Fisheries Partnership Agreements


  21. CARICOM and Chile: committed to working together
    2012-02-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    With the aim of boosting sustainable development, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Chile will intensify political dialogue and cooperation. Following the conclusion of the second meeting of the CARICOM-Chile Joint Commission in Santiago, both parties committed to ‘working’ together.
    Several areas needing priority action were identified, namely: natural disaster management, sustainable agriculture,food and nutrition security and sanitary and phyto sanitary measures; intra-CARICOM cooperation; capacity building; private enterprises and competitiveness (with emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises); trade negotiation training; diplomatic training; Spanish language training; and security.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Caribbean
    Link Overview:Latin America & Caribbean


  22. Dominica gets helping hand from the BAM
    2012-02-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    Dominica will receive between 14 and 15.5 million Euros between 2012 and 2013, from the funds allocated to the ACP Group of States through the European Commission’s BAM (Banana Accompanying Measures) programme. Following the erosion of the preferential market access with Europe, this funding is expected to help countries adjust to new market conditions.
    Ricky Brumant, the Dominican Director of Agriculture, stated that under the BAM arrangement, the country will seek to improve the competitiveness of its banana production and exports, without neglecting other areas of agriculture.
    Moreover, Brumant  said one of the priorities is to “place the agricultural sector, the banana sub-sector, on a plain that we can enhance competitiveness and of course move our non-banana programmes or crop programmes, production programmes to a level to where it can ensure that we are competitive not only on the regional market but also the international market”.
    The agriculture official added the BAM funds being allocated to Dominica "will make a significant difference".

    Source: Caribbean360


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Dominica
    Link Know more about the BAM


  23. Further EU action needed to head off more severe food security crisis
    2012-02-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The Danish presidency has recently called for greater EU humanitarian and development funding to prevent the food crisis in the Sahel Region from worsening. Following a high-level meeting organised by the Danish Presidency and the Commission with the aim of raising international awareness on the looming food security crisis,   Mr. Christian Friis Bach, Danish minister for Development Cooperation underlined that “investing more in disaster risk reduction and preparedness is not just a good idea. It is crucial and a very good investment”.
    Warning about the critical state of affairs of the region and the so-called CNN effect, Mr. Friis Bach remarked: “We know the food crisis will hit children and vulnerable groups in a few months in the Sahel-region. We cannot wait until CNN arrives. We have to react now to mitigate the humanitarian consequences of the food crisis for the most vulnerable groups”.

    Source: Danish Presidency


    Link Read more
    Link Before 'reaching the peak'
    Link Major food crisis in 2012



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