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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 338]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 338]
Send date: 2012-10-09 09:49:33
Issue #: 155
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 : [08/10/2012]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Main ACP-EU Events for the week of 8/10/2012 to 14/10/2012
  2. EDD panel: Growing a Better Future for Farmers
  3. Looking beyond agriculture to help create resilient smallholder farms
  4. St Kitts and Nevis seeking an extension on EPA deadlines
  5. No new EU climate targets until 2015 at earliest
  6. Food safety agency questions French GMO report
  7. Jamaica Aquaculture Development Plan
  8. Doubts Linger About Caribbean-EU Trade Pact
  9. France fears EU may crop farming aid
  10. European Commission to provide a coherent approach on maritime issues
  11. EU commissioner up for 'fight' on gender quotas
  12. Mixed record on EU donor aid transparency
  13. Farmer-friendly ideas on greening
  14. Rwanda: Europe Pledges Further Support
  15. Tanzania calls for “all hands on board” in charting ACP future
  16. Pacific officials meet with EU to progress EPA negotiations
  17. Working towards a green economy after Rio+20
  18. EP Committees chairs and EC to discuss 2013 work programme
  19. Increasing food production in the poorest countries to reel in prices
  20. EU to help boost effectiveness of Botswana's fight against HIV
  21. Tanzania remains gateway to EAC common market
  22. Aquaculture: a big role in terms of food security
  23. CARIFORUM-EU TDC meeting under EPA declared


  1. Main ACP-EU Events for the week of 8/10/2012 to 14/10/2012
    2012-10-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Gender and development, Migration and development, New Technologies, ACP-EU Fisheries, Food Security, Health and Development, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy, Humanitarian Aid

    European Parliament
    - 8 October: Committee on Development
    - 9 October: Committee on Foreign Affairs
    - 9 October: Committee on Fisheries
    - 9 October: Special Hearing on Land Security in Developing Countries, followed by an exchange of views with Commissioner Piebalgs on the Millennium Development Goals
    - 10 October: Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
    - 11 October: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

     

    ACP Group
    - 11 October: Sustainable Economic Development Dynamics in ACP Regions

     

    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. EDD panel: Growing a Better Future for Farmers
    2012-10-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Rural development, Food Security, Food Policy

    To improve information sharing and promote networking, the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with FAO, AgriCord and other partners will organise a high-level panel in Brussels on 16 October 2012, in the context of the European Development Days. Various panelists will give their perspectives on how they see the future of farmers in the context of new drivers affecting food production, trade and the environment.
    Among the topics that will be discussed are: how policy factors influence agricultural production and the nutritional status of the poor in developing countries, how small-scale farmers can increase their productivity to feed a growing population, the economic drivers behind key policy decisions, the new policy challenges affecting food production and the role of traditional and emerging actors in the food system.
    The objectives of the panel are to i) raise awareness on existing and emerging challenges on food policies ii) promote the exchange of information and expertise from various parts of the world, especially from developing countries iii) feed into the debate various perspectives on policy options, which have the potential to improve the future of farmers.
    Speakers will come from different parts of the world, highlighting unique experiences: Graziano Da Silva, Director General, FAO, will address the audience from Rome in the context of World Food Day; Richard Greene, Mission Director in Bangladesh, USAID; Ruth Rawling, Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cargill; Piet Vanhemtsche, President, Agricord; Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA, Panafrican Farmer's Organisation, PAFO; Elisangela dos Santos Araujo, Federação Nacional dos Trabalhadores e Trabalhadoras na Agricultura Familiar (FETRAF), Brazil.
    The panel will be webstreamed and will be available here on 16 October 16.30 - 18.00 (CET).


    Link Read more
    Link European Development Days
    Link BR 21: Geopolitics of Food


  3. Looking beyond agriculture to help create resilient smallholder farms
    2012-10-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Security, Food Policy, Rural development

    The 29th Brussels Development Briefing on 'Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security' was successfully held on 27 September. In collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CTA organised this Briefing, in order to discuss the key issues related to agriculture and food security in a changing climate and the ways in which climate-smart agriculture (CSA) can increase resilience to the effects of climate change.
    In a blog post written on the Briefing, CCAFS states that there was a general consensus among all panelists that institutions and policies are among the major obstacles in developing countries for rolling out and upscaling CSA practices.


    Link Read more
    Link Brussels Deelopment Briefing no. 29
    Link CGIAR - CCAFS


  4. St Kitts and Nevis seeking an extension on EPA deadlines
    2012-10-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    The St. Kitts-Nevis government remains concerned that it could come out worse off if it starts to implement duty free access for European goods coming into the federation and is seeking an extension in implementing certain measures under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) , signed along with other Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries with Europe in 2008. This was revealed by Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas during a recent interview on Winn FM radio, where he announced that the twin-island federation would be approaching the European Union (EU) on the issue.
    The CARIFORUM countries (the Caribbean Community plus the Dominica Republic) made a reciprocal agreement under the EPA for the removal of tariffs and import duties on goods traded between European and CARIFORUM countries. However, St Kitts and Nevis is among the eight Caribbean countries that have not yet removed tariffs from goods coming into the country from the EU.
    With the exception of the Caribbean, six other regional blocs in the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group have yet to conclude full regional EPAs since discussions began in 2002 and the EU recently agreed to extend the deadline for concluding EPAs with the rest of the bloc to January 1, 2016. Issues of concern that have delayed the process include the time frame in which ACP markets must be opened up to free trade with Europe, the extent of goods and services to be liberalised, rules and requirements for goods to enter Europe, export taxes, and numerous other key clauses in the agreements.

    Source: Bilaterals.org


    Link Read more
    Link CARIFORUM-EC-EPA
    Link CARIFORUM Secretariat


  5. No new EU climate targets until 2015 at earliest
    2012-10-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Jos Delbeke, the European Commission’s director general for climate revealed at a conference in Brussels on 5 October that no new carbon dioxide emissions reductions targets for 2030 would be announced until after the next EU parliamentary elections in 2014. The announcement, which differes from information given by Brussels insiders, could flag climate and energy battle lines for the next parliament, after a bruising round of squabbles over carbon prices in the Emissions Trading System (ETS).
    The Commission’s attempts to insert a short legal amendment to the ETS clarifying how it would “backload” or stagger the numbers of allowances issued at auction provoked a reaction from “some business quarters” that was “out of proportion”, Delbeke said. The amendment is scheduled to be debated in the European Parliament’s environment committee on 19 February 2013, a timetable Delbeke said he was “not thrilled about”. Meanwhile, the Commission’s proposal setting out how many allowances it wants to withhold from auction is due to be published by November.

    Source: EurActiv


    Link Read more
    Link Emissions Trading
    Link Q & A: Emissions Trading


  6. Food safety agency questions French GMO report
    2012-10-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    The European Food Safety Authority on Thursday (4 October) rebuked a French biologist’s study that questions the safety of Monsanto’s genetically modified maize and Roundup herbicide, saying in a preliminary report that the research was “of insufficient scientific quality”. EFSA’s assessment came nine days after the European Commission requested a review of the controversial University of Caen study. The French study found that rats fed on a diet containing NK603 - a maize seed variety doused with Roundup weedkiller - or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet. The food agency’s initial review said the analysis contained in the study, led by biologist Gilles-Éric Séralini, was insufficient and asked for additional evidence by 12 October.
    But EFSA's findings triggered renewed criticism that the Parma, Italy-based EU agency favours the biotech industry in its safety assessments and product approvals. EFSA has been under fire for years for allegedly tilting towards business interests. In February, a report by two campaign groups, the Corporate Europe Observatory and the Earth Open Source, accused the agency of repeatedly relying on industry scientists and information in risk assessments that are used by EU institutions and national governments.
    Although the decade-old agency has defended its decisions, in March it announced moves to clarify disclosure rules and guidelines on who can serve as scientific experts to address criticism in its evaluations of products, including the safety of genetically modified crops. Agency officials described the independence policy as a prioritising and consolidation of existing guidelines rather than a major overhaul of standards.

     

    Source: EurActiv


    Link Read more
    Link European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
    Link EFSA's Policy on Independence


  7. Jamaica Aquaculture Development Plan
    2012-10-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    An Aquaculture Development Plan is to be implemented this year, with assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, says some $22 million will be allocated from the Fisheries Management Development Fund (FMDF), to carry out the exercise.
    The Minister was addressing an African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Fish II Programme validation workshop, organised by the Ministry and the Belize-based ACP Regional Co-ordinating Unit, at the Farmers’ Training Centre, Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on October 3. Mr. Clarke also informed that an additional $17 million has been earmarked to undertake rehabilitation of the hatchery/nursery facility at the aquaculture branch of the Centre, to provide quality seed stock for the industry.
    The Minister said the aquaculture development plan is aimed at contributing to Jamaica’s goals of ensuring food security; employment creation; import substitution; and foreign exchange savings. These, he explained, will be achieved through a "complete revolution" of the aquaculture sub-sector, to include, among other things: the adoption of strategies incorporating the organisation of fish farmers using clustering and other approaches; development and implementation of effective marketing and promotion strategies; ensuring the continuous development of fish farmers and reshaping of farming practices through training programmes; and introducing appropriate technology and fish varieties for production.

    Source: Jamaica Information Service


    Link Read more
    Link Aquaculture - Fish Farming


  8. Doubts Linger About Caribbean-EU Trade Pact
    2012-10-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    P.J. Patterson, the former Jamaican prime minister, has had a long relationship with the European Union. During his tenure as his country’s foreign minister, he served as president of the African, Caribbean and Pacific -European Union (ACP-EU) Ministerial Council and led negotiations for the ACP group with the EU. He also played a pivotal role in forging an agreement on the basic framework for the original Lome Convention that was signed in 1975. At the second Caribbean Academy for Law and Court Administration (CALCA) lecture on “International Law, World Trade Organization (WTO) – Interface with the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), Patterson pointed out some "startling differences” between the negotiating framework and outcomes, previously outlined for Lomé and EPA which was concluded in 2008.
    While in most nations the application of the agreement is “currently provisional”, Patterson said, even the least “sceptical person or most difficult juror to persuade” must by now realise that the determination of EU to create regional EPAs was for one single purpose. According to Patterson, storm clouds have begun to appear, making references to the rate and pace of tariff adjustments in the face of existing budgetary requirements and tight fiscal constraints; the absence of funding obligations as part of EPA that were reflected in the European Development Fund (EDF) as part of the Cotonou Agreement, and what he refers to as “an area of great potential – services” while asking the question “who will really qualify for access from the Caribbean?".
    Patterson said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will need to address without further delay “such issues as investment, competition policy and government procurement to avert the danger of undertaking obligations or conferring rights on others that do not yet exist within the Community but already fall within the framework of the EPA”.
    According to the joint statement issued at the end of the CARIFORUM-EU meeting last weekend, the committee crafted a number of joint decisions for adoption by the Second Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council (JC), which will be held in Brussels on 26 October. But the statement also noted that “while there was agreement on submitting certain items for endorsement by the JC, some issues will be subject to further negotiations as they were not resolved”. The statement noted that with respect to development cooperation, CARIFORUM reiterated its commitment to regional cooperation and integration, and that projects have been identified with respect to 82 percent of resources under the Regional Indicative Programme of the 10th EDF.
    Source: Inter Press Service


    Link Read more


  9. France fears EU may crop farming aid
    2012-10-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Trade

    The last working document published by the EU's Cypriot presidency has sparked fears in France that the new EU budget will slash direct subsidies to farmers, despite the country's firm opposition. October will mark the second year of formal negotiations for a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). France, the largest beneficiary of the CAP, has battled since the beginning for a budget identical to that of 2013 for each year of the period 2014-2020. The lack of clarity in recent budget negotiations had offered the country a ray of hope.
    However, the Cypriot presidency is convinced that a reduction in the budget for subsidies is inevitable, presenting further challenges to agriculture, which currently receives the largest part of EU funds. The pressure on France is increasing, as negotiations continue. France could find allies among the member states from the 2004 enlargement, most of whom lack funds to modernise their agricultural industry. Changes to the EU budget would have repercussions in certain areas of the reform, including direct subsidies for environmental measures.
    Source: EurActiv


    Link Read more
    Link CAP Reform 2013
    Link Impact of CAP changes on developing countries


  10. European Commission to provide a coherent approach on maritime issues
    2012-10-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    The Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) seeks to provide a more coherent approach to maritime issues, with increased coordination between different policy areas, focusing on the issues of blue growth, marine data and knowledge, maritime spatial planning, integrated maritime surveillance and sea basin strategies. In the Report from the European Commission from 11 September 2012, progress of the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy and its contribution to  growth and employment are outlined.
    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Progress of the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy


  11. EU commissioner up for 'fight' on gender quotas
    2012-10-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Gender and development

    EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding has said she is up for an "interesting fight" within the commission itself and with nine member states opposing draft legislation on gender quotas for top jobs in companies. The legislative proposal, which is still in the drafting stage, aims at obliging publicly listed companies in the EU to reach a 40 percent quota of the "under-represented sex" on their boards by 2020. Sanctions, including fines, will be left to member states to decide and impose.
    Currently, less than 14 percent of board members are women and it would take another 40 years at least to bridge the gender gap. Binding quotas are needed, Reding argues, because all voluntary systems so far have failed.
    The process had barely started within the legislative machinery before nine EU countries led by the UK publicly stated their opposition to the initiative, citing national competence on the matter.
    Within the European Commission about a third of the 27 members are against the proposal, including female colleagues. Neelie Kroes from the Netherlands, although a personal believer in women's rights, last week told the FT that she supports the goal, but that this "should not be imposed from the European level."
    Source: EU Observer


    Link Read more
    Link Commissioner Viviane Reding


  12. Mixed record on EU donor aid transparency
    2012-10-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Humanitarian Aid

    The donor aid transparency index paints a mixed picture on how the European Commission disperses its aid funds outside the EU. The study, published on Monday (1 October), by the London-based Publish What You Fund campaign, ranked the commission’s directorate on development and cooperation (DEVCO) among the most transparent in a list of 72 donor organisations.
    Devco’s annual budget for 2011 was over € 7 billion, said the campaign. However, the same study placed the commission’s directorate on enlargement (DG Enlargement) near the bottom of the index.
    The pro-transparency campaign ranked donors by organisation, country and activity by using a set of 43 different transparency indicators.
    The European Parliament will vote on the member state budget amendments on Thursday. EU member state Malta ranks at the very bottom, just below China, followed by Hungary, Cyprus, Greece and Bulgaria. At the top is the UK’s department for International Development, followed by the World Bank and the Netherlands.

    Source: EU Observer


    Link Read more
    Link 2012 Donor Aid Transparency Index


  13. Farmer-friendly ideas on greening
    2012-10-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    COPA-COGECA leaders are currently presenting their new detailed position on greening and green growth at the Congress of European Farmers, which will take place in Budapest on October 1-3, 2012. The theme of the Congress  is “The Future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): How European Farmers can ensure Food Security Innovatively and Profitably”.
    COPA-COGECA is largely against the greening proposals tabled by the Commission last year, saying that they make farmers do a lot more for less money, thereby leading to higher costs, higher food prices, more dependence on imports, and more bureaucracy.
    A list of six alternative measures has been produced by the farmers' organisation to tackle the problem of greening in a farmer-friendly way: crop diversification (of rotated crops), a certification scheme (food), permanent grasses, replacement of EFAs by uncultivated land, break crops, protein crops.

    Source: CAP Reform.eu


    Link Read more
    Link COPA-COGECA
    Link Congress of European Farmers


  14. Rwanda: Europe Pledges Further Support
    2012-10-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Humanitarian Aid

    The partnership between the European Union and Rwanda is positive and will continue to grow, the European Union Development and Cooperation (DEVCO) Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Francesca Mosca, said yesterday. The EU official praised Rwanda for their effective aid utilisation, saying the EU support was delivering results on the ground. 47 million Euros have been disbursed to Rwanda's budget as the indicators had been achieved.
    Mosca's remarks followed the media reports attributed to Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, that the EU was suspending new aid to Rwanda, following controversial allegations that the country was backing rebels in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kigali has denied links with the M23 rebels.
    Budget support has been provided to Rwanda by the EU since 1999 and general budget support has been framed in a Millennium Development Goals (MDG) contract. The MDG contract is a long-term, more predictable form of general budget support that the EU has launched in a number of countries at the start of the 10th EDF programme.
    Rwanda's Finance and Economic Planning Minister, John Rwangombwa stated that the budget support Rwanda is supposed to get from the EU has already been disbursed, adding that additional budget support will go directly to development of rural roads, energy and agriculture.

    Source: allAfrica


    Link Read more


  15. Tanzania calls for “all hands on board” in charting ACP future
    2012-10-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    The new Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the European Union (EU), H.E Dr Diodorus Kamala made a plea for solidarity amongst the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States as the 79-member group weighs up options for the future on the way to reviewing its relations with the EU. Dr Kamala recently addressed the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels for the first time, along with the newly appointed Ambassador of Comoros H.E Said Mdahoma Ali. He affirmed his government’s support to the ACP Group as well as the importance of the ACP-EU framework over the years.
    As the largest intergovernmental grouping of developing countries in the world – originally brought together as former colonies of Europe – the ACP has embarked on several exercises to re-evaluate its international role. This includes setting up the Ambassadorial Working Group on the Future Perspectives of the ACP Group and another to examine the fundamental make up of the institution, called the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Structure and Functioning of the Organs of ACP Group.
    Dr Kalama also underlined the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with Europe, on-going since 2002, as a key issue in the future of ACP economies. While the European Parliament’s vote last month allowed two more years to smooth out divisive issues in the talks, Dr Kamala stressed the focus must remain on the development of ACP countries.
    The Ambassador added that the upcoming Summit for ACP Heads of States and Government scheduled for December 13-14 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea would set the tone and direction for the ongoing EPA talks, as well as the cooperation of the ACP Group after 2020.

    Source: ACP Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link Economic Partnership Agreement


  16. Pacific officials meet with EU to progress EPA negotiations
    2012-10-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries, ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    Senior officials and trade negotiators from the Pacific ACP (PACP) States are meeting with the European Commission (EC) this week in Brussels to progress the negotiation of their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU).
    The formal negotiations between the EC and the PACP States at the officials’ level takes place through the Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG) meeting, which commenced on 2 October, 2012 in Brussels. The last formal negotiation of the PACP-EU EPA was held in October 2009. The PACP States have undertaken significant preparations for the negotiations.
    Over 5 days, both sides will discuss the outstanding and contentious issues. The Pacific ACP States believe that with goodwill and constructive dialogue, many of these outstanding and contentious issues can be resolved.
    For many Pacific ACP States, particularly the Smaller Island States, the fisheries sector has the greatest potential to contribute to their development. The Pacific ACP States also look forward to working with the European Union to ensure that there are adequate resources to implement the EPA and to take advantage of the benefits of EPA. The PACP States stated their appreciation of EU’s financial support for the negotiation and the technical assistance provided by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in preparing for the negotiations.

    Source: ACP Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link Economic Partnerships


  17. Working towards a green economy after Rio+20
    2012-10-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    This event took place on 2 October 2012 13.30 – 15.00 in the European Parliament and was jointly organized by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Panelists from UNEP, ILO, the European Parliament and the European Commission discussed the importance of greening the economy for sustainable development, employment growth, poverty reduction and social inclusion. The concept of a ‘Green Economy’ is certainly not a novel phenomenon. However, the current urgency of transitioning to green economies is a necessary condition for sustainable development. Since Rio+20 in June 2012, the European Commission has been analyzing the outcomes and identifying the next steps.

    The event was moderated by Elisabeth Schroedter (MEP). Steven Stone (UNEP Chief Economics and Trade Branch), Peter Poschen (ILO Director of the Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department), Cristiana Pasca Palmer (DG DEVCO Head of Unit Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources and Water), and Loris Di Pietrantonio (DG EMPL Deputy Head of Unit European Employment Strategy) were among the panelists.


    Link More information
    Link Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development
    Link UN Sustainable Development Platform


  18. EP Committees chairs and EC to discuss 2013 work programme
    2012-10-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    This week, the European Parliament's committee chairs will discuss political priorities for 2013 with the College of Commissioners, in a third annual meeting to give an input to the Commission work programme for 2013. This meeting is held each year, under an agreement to enhance cooperation between the two institutions.
    Notably, the discussion will deal with future priorities in other policy areas for the 2013 work programme, following Commission President José Manuel Barroso's State of the Union speech. The European Parliament adopted its own blueprint in September.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link EP priorities for 2013
    Link Towards a sustainable development agenda


  19. Increasing food production in the poorest countries to reel in prices
    2012-10-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    According to recent updates by Reuters, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs  has said that building strategic agricultural stocks to curb market volatility, as proposed by France, would not be the most effective way to tame food prices.
    According to Mr. Piebalgs what was needed instead was an increase in food production in the world's poorest countries, which remain vulnerable to the threat of a new food crisis despite the recent easing in grain prices from record highs hit this summer.
    It is important to remember that weeks ago, Francois Hollande launched a global campaign to win support for creating strategic stockpiles of food commodities after a year of drought renewed fears of a new crisis in agricultural supplies.
    Paris has also called an emergency meeting of G20 farm ministers for mid-October to discuss ways to curb price volatility.

    Source: Reuters


    Link Read more
    Link helping to stabilize food prices
    Link Briefing on food price volatility


  20. EU to help boost effectiveness of Botswana's fight against HIV
    2012-10-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Health and Development, ACP-EU Policy

    The Head of Delegation of the EU Mission to Botswana and Southern African Development Committee, Gerard McGovern has said that some €11.6 million (over P100 million) will be provided to Botswana to fight HIV-linked infant and maternal mortality.
    He made the announcement at the official opening of the Botswana International HIV Conference at the Gaborone International Convention Centre. He said HIV remains a priority to the EU as it hampers development in hard hit countries like Botswana.
    McGovern said that the EU is following Millennium Development Goals (MDG) initiative to address off target MDGs. e explained that as the largest donor to the Global Fund with 52 percent of total contributions, the EU will pledge Euro 330 million for the 2011-2013 period notwithstanding the international economic woes.

    Source: Mgegi Online


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Botswana
    Link The EU and the MDGs


  21. Tanzania remains gateway to EAC common market
    2012-10-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    The former Minister for East African Cooperation and the current Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the European Union, Dr Diodorus Kamala, has said that Tanzania remains the Gateway to East African Community Common Market.
    He pointed out that this was necessitated by leverages of the country's macroeconomic stability, strategic geographical location, the heart of East African Community transport network and hub of EAC Master Power Plan. Dr Kamala made these highlights in a paper he presented in London this week during celebrations to mark Tanzania's 50 years of Independence organized by Britain Tanzania Society and Tanzania Development Trust, held at the Royal Commonwealth Club.
    He added, the fact that Kenya, a member of the EAC Common Market crosses the border to invest in Tanzania signifies the importance of the country in investment opportunities and favourable investment environment.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the EAC
    Link EAC Member States on the EPA


  22. Aquaculture: a big role in terms of food security
    2012-10-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries, Food Security

    A major international initiative has been launched to better understand the role of aquaculture in food security in poor countries. Bringing together a global alliance of development agencies, governments and universities, the initiative will help low-income food-deficit countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop sustainable policies for improving the livelihoods of millions of poor people.
    The European Union (EU) is funding the three-year project with one million Euros, which is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in partnership with a global alliance of 20 development agencies, governments and universities, the UN agency said in a statement Monday.
    Fish is the primary source of protein for 17 percent of the world's population - nearly 25 percent in low-income food-deficit countries.


    Source: Afriquejet


    Link Read more
    Link Aquaculture – fish farming
    Link MEPs call for strong European aquaculture sector


  23. CARIFORUM-EU TDC meeting under EPA declared
    2012-10-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    As we informed our readers, the CARIFORUM and the EU convened the Second Meeting of the Trade and Development Committee (TDC) under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 27 September. According to a recent press release by Caricom, both sides characterized the one-day Meeting as “successful.”
    The TDC crafted a number of joint decisions for adoption by the Second Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council (JC) which will be held in Brussels on 26 October, but recognized that agreement was not possible in some areas at this time.
    Among the areas in which agreement was achieved at the TDC were the following: The incorporation of the commitments of The Bahamas into Annex IV of the EPA which addresses Investment, Trade in Services and E-commerce; the admission of the Caribbean Export Development Agency as a permanent observer of the TDC; the approach to arriving at a list of arbitrators and; the establishment of membership of the Consultative Committee, an Institution that provides a platform for insertion of civil society in EPA implementation.
    While there was agreement on submitting certain items for endorsement by the JC, some issues will be subject to further negotiations as they were not resolved.
    At the TDC consideration was given to a number of issues related to trade under the EPA, and good progress was made in clarifying positions.

     

    Source: Cariforum


    Link Read more
    Link Second TDC meeting
    Link The EPA Implementation Unit




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