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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 340]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 340]
Send date: 2012-10-19 08:30:18
Issue #: 157
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 : [19/10/2012]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Main ACP-EU Events for the week of 22/10/2012 to 28/10/2012
  2. Call for Proposals ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology II
  3. Commission proposes cap on biofuels production
  4. 9th Regional Briefing: Building Resilience to Climate Change and Greening the Economy in the Pacific
  5. EU Farm Policy Reform – the Current State of Play
  6. Countries in Need Deserve Coherent EU Policy, say MEPs
  7. EU: No action on 2030 renewables target is ‘no real option’
  8. 2012 Global Hunger Index
  9. Current EU Fisheries Policy Unsustainable
  10. Malawi Considers Controversial EU Trade Deal
  11. Africa seeks to grow more, buy less
  12. Policy Brief: Food Waste
  13. Fifth Issue of EPA newsletter for 2012 published
  14. Cooperation with fragile states
  15. How does the European public feel about development and increasing the European Union’s aid budget?
  16. Key messages: Growing a better future for farmers
  17. Farmers Fighting Poverty, now also online
  18. President Barroso meets with FAO Director-General
  19. Aquaculture sector gets financial boost from EU
  20. Fisheries: proposed quotas for 2013 and 2014
  21. Franco-German alliance on agricultural budget
  22. World Agroforestry Centre and Convention on Biological Diversity enter sustainable land use pact
  23. Outcomes of the Consultation on the 11th EDF Regional Programming
  24. What potential does agroforestry hold for the future CAP?
  25. Safeguarding Coastal Waters
  26. Vulnerability to natural disasters quantified
  27. Children as agents of change: Lessons from BTC Tanzania’s HIV & AIDS awareness project


  1. Main ACP-EU Events for the week of 22/10/2012 to 28/10/2012
    2012-10-19
    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 Council
    -    22-23 October: Agriculture and Fisheries Council [Luxembourg]
    -    25 October: Environment Council [Luxembourg]

    ACP Group
    -    24-25 October: ACP Ministerial Trade Committee
    -    26 October: Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Trade Meeting

    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. Call for Proposals ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology II
    2012-10-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : New Technologies

    Call for Proposals titled "ACP-EU Programme in Science & Technology II" is opened. The deadline to submit proposals is February 7, 2013.
    LOT 1 – EDF – concerns the EUR 17 800 000 EDF contribution
    LOT 2 – DCI – concerns the EUR 3 000 000 EU South Africa DCI contribution
    Applicants have to clearly specify in the first page of the grant application form for which lot they are applying. Each proposal may be submitted under only one lot.
    Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
    • minimum amount: EUR 300 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 1 000 000
    In exceptional cases, if it is properly justified, Proposals in the fields of Energy access and efficiency and Agriculture and food security may request a maximum amount of EUR 3 000 000.


    Source: Delegation of the EU to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Cayman Islands


    Link Read more
    Link Call for Proposal
    Link DEVCO-EuropeAid


  3. Commission proposes cap on biofuels production
    2012-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Security

    Energy commissioner Günther Oettinger and climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard have announced commission proposals to cap the production of food-based biofuels at the present levels. The proposal, announced on 17 October 2012, aims to limit the use of food-based biofuels to five per cent in an attempt to stimulate the development of alternative biofuels, which emit fewer greenhouse gases. Both commissioners told stakeholders that, while the current proposal is not perfect it is still important.
    The change in outlook from the commission has come with the introduction of indirect land use change (ILUC) - an estimate of global land conversion impacts - which is now taken into consideration when assessing the greenhouse gases produced by biofuels.  According to the commission, recent scientific studies have shown that some biofuel cultivation has led to food production being shifted to non-agricultural lands, such as forests. It is hoped that, despite capping biofuels, the 2020 target of increasing the 10 per cent target for renewable energy in the transport section can be maintained and the overall renewable energy and carbon intensity reduction targets can be kept.

    Source: The Parliament.com


    Link Read more
    Link Press Release
    Link EC Proposal


  4. 9th Regional Briefing: Building Resilience to Climate Change and Greening the Economy in the Pacific
    2012-10-18

    The ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the Embassy of Vanuatu and with the Pacific Group of Ambassadors, will organise the 9th regional Briefing on 'Building Resilience to Climate Change and Greening the Economy in the Pacific', which will be hosted by the Government of Vanuatu.
    The Briefing will promote the exchange of experiences and expertise at the regional level and with the Caribbean group, and will discuss among others the Pacific Islands' vulnerabilities to climate change, the climate change negotiations relevant to Pacific islands and the frameworks that are needed to operationalise the Rio+20 agreements. It will look at the specific challenges and solutions for agriculture and the environment in the Pacific Islands, especially at enhancing the resilience to the effects of climate change, greening the economy and enhancing sustainable development.
    This Briefing will build upon earlier Briefings on the resilience of small island economies that were held in Brussels, Mauritius and St Lucia organized with the European Commission, the ACP Group of Ambassadors, Concord and other partners. It will feed into the 1st ACP Council of Ministers on Climate Change to be held in Brussels from 7 to 9 November 2012. The outputs will feed the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC which will take place from 26 November to 7 December 2012 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar. For more information about CTA Regional Briefings please contact Isolina Boto or visit the Regional Policy Briefings blog.

    Source: CTA


    Link Briefing 27: Small Island Economies
    Link Regional Policy Briefings
    Link Climate Change Impacts in the Asia/Pacific Region


  5. EU Farm Policy Reform – the Current State of Play
    2012-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    More than a year after the Commission unveiled its proposals for new legislation, and following passionate debates, public hearings and expert workshops, Parliament's agriculture committee is preparing to vote on four core regulations that should pave the way for a fairer, greener, more efficient and more competitive EU farm policy.
    The European Union's farm policy - known as the common agricultural policy (CAP) - is one of the oldest EU policies. It is aimed at ensuring adequate, stable and efficient production of high-quality food which is competitive on world markets, while promoting the economic development of rural areas and encouraging environmentally-friendly production methods. It organises the markets in agriculture products, defines how and on what conditions EU agricultural funding will be distributed to farmers in different member states and provides support for farmers in the event of natural disasters or outbreaks of animal diseases.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link CAP after 2013
    Link 50 Years of CAP


  6. Countries in Need Deserve Coherent EU Policy, say MEPs
    2012-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    The EU must make policies that affect developing countries more consistent, focus on the neediest, and set timetables for achieving measurable sustainable development goals, urged MEPs at a European Development Days high-level panel and a press conference in Brussels on 17 October. The panel sought ways to ensure that the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals drives inclusive growth.
    Opening the panel, Michael Cashman (S&D, UK) insisted that the post-2015 set of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) should be practical, measurable and time-limited. “Rio+20 was a wasted opportunity to build on the way the MDGs have focused global attention on the needs of extremely poor people. What was lacking was commitment to timetables or outcomes, and all of us are to blame. We need defined and measurable sustainable development goals”, he said.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Committee on Development
    Link Draft Report: EU's Policy Coherence for Development


  7. EU: No action on 2030 renewables target is ‘no real option’
    2012-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The EU needs to advance its plans for renewable energy targets for 2030 soon, but only as part of a wider climate package, a member of energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger’s cabinet states on 16 October 2012. Twenty percent improvements on Europe’s emissions reductions, renewables penetration, and energy efficiency record were all part of the EU’s last climate and energy package in 2009. But officials in the EU’s climate department are pessimistic about the current chances of persuading member states to agree to similar commitments at a time of recession.
    Currently only Denmark and the Netherlands are thought to favour such a move. Speaking at a Eurelectric conference in Brussels earlier this month, the EU’s top climate civil servant, Jos Delbeke, said that  a full climate and energy package would not be ready until 2015 or 2016. Despite this, a communications on renewables targets for 2030 is likely within the lifetime of the current European Parliament, and Oettinger has himself called for the same in the past. An orientation debate on the subject is due in the European Council next month.

    Source: EurActiv


    Link Read more
    Link Energy Roadmap 2050
    Link No new EU climate targets until 2015 at earliest


  8. 2012 Global Hunger Index
    2012-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy

    The 2012 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report focuses particularly on the issue of how to ensure sustainable food security under conditions of water, land, and energy stress. Demographic changes, rising incomes and associated consumption patterns, and climate change, alongside persistent poverty and inadequate policies and institutions, are all placing serious pressure on natural resources.
    In this report, IFPRI describes the evidence on land, water, and energy scarcity in developing countries and offers two visions of a future global food system—an unsustainable scenario in which current trends in resource use continue, and a sustainable scenario in which access to food, modern energy, and clean water improves significantly and ecosystem degradation is halted or reversed. Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe provide on-the-ground perspectives on the issues of land tenure and title as well as the impacts of scarce land, water, and energy on poor people in Sierra Leone and Tanzania and describe the work of their organizations in helping to alleviate these impacts.

    Source: IFPRI


    Link Read more
    Link Press Release
    Link Funds Invested in Nutrition are Inadequate


  9. Current EU Fisheries Policy Unsustainable
    2012-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    The EU’s fishing industry could be heading towards ruin without robust regulatory reform, says a new WWF-commissioned study published on 16 October 2012. The study, carried out by Dutch renewables consultancy Framian BV, said that if the status quo continues, fishing fleets in the EU will land 1.4 million tonnes, or 30%, less fish by 2022 compared to 2009 figures.
    The European Commission has attempted to tackle the decline of fish stocks by imposing stricter regulations in EU waters, but to the detriment of the industry, says the study. Current laws, it says, would have serious consequences for employment, forecasting a loss of 50,000 jobs in fishing by 2022.
    The WWF suggests that fish populations should be allowed to grow back into levels that can support maximum sustainable yield (MSY) by 2015. MSY describes the maximum yield of a specified species of fish that can be fished year after year without harming the fish stock.

    Source: EurActiv


    Link Read more
    Link Study
    Link Common Fisheries Policy: Road Ahead


  10. Malawi Considers Controversial EU Trade Deal
    2012-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Malawi has opened up negotiations on the economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union, which have been deadlocked since 2002. The new round of negotiations may see President Joyce Banda’s administration change the status quo and sign the free trade agreement. The EU extended the deadline for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, which includes Malawi, to negotiate the EPAs from 2014 to 2016.
    President Bingu wa Mutharika, who died after a heart attack in April this year, had refused to sign the agreement, demanding that rural roads, health and education facilities be taken care of before signing an EPA. Mutharika, a former U.N. trade expert, believed that the EPA would reinforce Malawi’s position as an exporter of low-value agriculture commodities, deprive government of policy space to use tariffs to protect livelihoods, and grow the manufacturing sector. However, the new administration is reviewing all the arguments against the EPA, shifting focus on what the country stands to gain from the agreement.

    Source: IPS News


    Link Read more
    Link Malawi Stands Firm on EPA
    Link ACP-EU Trade


  11. Africa seeks to grow more, buy less
    2012-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    Africa can ensure food security by producing wheat. New research presented in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the Wheat for Food Security Conference, held in Addis Abeba from 8 -12 October 2012, organised by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and partners, shows that the continent has the potential to be self-sufficient. The demand for wheat is growing faster than for any other crop, according to statistics of the CIMMYT.
    As a result, researchers are looking into the possibility of making Africa a major wheat producer, as the continent is the biggest wheat importer worldwide. It is expected that this year alone, Africa will spend 12 billion dollars on importing 40 million tonnes of wheat.
    A report released at the conference focused on 12 countries on the African continent where wheat is traditionally produced. The study was conducted in Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Source: IPS News


    Link Read more
    Link Wheat for Food Security
    Link CIMMYT


  12. Policy Brief: Food Waste
    2012-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, Environment

    Tackling food loss and waste could make a significant contribution to combating hunger and increasing farm incomes where it is needed most. One-third of all food produced for human consumption worldwide is lost or wasted. That translates into 1.3 billion tonnes, worth nearly one trillion US dollars. The quantity of food thrown out in industrialised countries is the same as the entire amount produced in sub-Saharan Africa. Added to this is the waste of natural resources used to produce food that is subsequently lost or discarded. The Policy Brief 'Going to waste - missed opportunities in the battle to improve food security' is now available for download.

    Source: CTA Publishing


    Link Read more
    Link BR 28: Food waste
    Link Reader: Addressing food waste in times of crisis


  13. Fifth Issue of EPA newsletter for 2012 published
    2012-10-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    On 10 October the CARICOM Secretariat-based Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Implementation Unit published the fifth Issue for 2012 of its flagship newsletter, EPA Implementation Bulletin. It focuses attention on the Second Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council (JC) and some recent preparatory meetings that have set the stage for its convening on 26 October.
    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 more
    Link Press_Release.doc Introduction_and_Foreword.pdf


  • Cooperation with fragile states
    2012-10-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Rural development

    Fragile states are a major challenge for global security. Many partner countries with which Germany has development cooperation are fragile states.The German government has now adopted guidelines on how to relate to such states. They were presented to the public in a joint press conference by Ministers Niebel (Development), de Maizière (Defence) and Westerwelle (Foreign Affairs).
    The new guidelines provide an interministerial frame of reference for Germany's cooperation with such states and highlight the German government's goals and the principles that govern its actions. The focus of development work in fragile states is on giving people, and young people in particular, prospects for a better future, thus draining support for extremism.

    Source: bmz


    Link Read more
    Link Fragile States: A Challenge for Development Policy
    Link ACP: State-society relations in fragile states


  • How does the European public feel about development and increasing the European Union’s aid budget?
    2012-10-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Humanitarian Aid

    It’s a question worth asking as top EU officials and other international leaders gather for the 2012 European Development Days in Brussels, Belgium. A survey commissioned by the Directorate-General Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid provides a closer look. The so-called Eurobarometer found strong support for development work in general, with 85 percent of respondents saying it’s important to help developing countries. It also found that 49 percent of Europeans believe the European Union should keep existing commitments to increase its aid budget. Meanwhile, 12 percent thinks the bloc could do more and should surpass these current commitments.
    Some countries saw an increase in the number of their citizens who believe the European Union should cap or decrease its aid spending. These include Italy, the Czech Republic, Spain, Finland, Slovakia, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.On priority sectors for aid, human rights issues are perceived the most important, followed by education and health.
    As for recipient countries, the majority of respondents think the European Union should prioritize fragile countries, including those affected by conflict or natural disasters. More than half also think the bloc should stop providing aid to emerging economies.
    The survey, which was conducted by TNS Opinion & Social in June, also found that Europeans support private sector engagement in development activities. At least 81 percent of the respondents believe private firms have a positive role in developing countries, particularly in the areas of jobs creation and economic growth. A similar percentage did stress that private firms have ethical and social responsibilities when engaging with developing countries.

    Source: Devex


    Link Read more
    Link Eurobarometer Survey June 2012
    Link European Development Days 2012


  • Key messages: Growing a better future for farmers
    2012-10-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Gender and development, Food Security, Food Policy

    To improve information sharing and promote networking, CTA, in collaboration with FAOAgriCord and other partners organised a high-level panel in Brussels on 16 October 2012, in the context of the European Development Days. Various panelists gave their perspectives on how they see the future of farmers in the context of new drivers affecting food production, trade and the environment.
    Topics that were discussed included 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, the role of youth and women in the agricultural sector and the importance of property rights to protect farmers’ land.
    Speakers came from different parts of the world to highlight their experience: Graziano Da Silva, Director General, FAO, addressed the audience from Rome in the context of World Food Day; Richard Greene, Mission Director in Bangladesh, USAID; Rukia Nakadama Isanga, State Minister for Gender, Culture and Social Development, Uganda; Marcela Libombo, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique; Ruth Rawling, Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cargill; Kristian Schmidt, Director, Human Development Department, EuropeAid, European Commission; Piet Vanhemtsche, President, Agricord; Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA, Panafrican Farmer's Organisation, PAFO. The panel was moderated by Lanre Akinola, Editor of This is Africa, Financial Times.

    The key messages that panelists agreed on were:
    -    The lack of political will and commitment relating to issues of agriculture, especially, but not only because of the difficulties in implementing agricultural policies
    -    The increasing need to support youth and women in the agricultural sector
    -    There is a desperate need for private investments that are sustainable, in order to support countries that are struggling with food security
    -    The need to increase respect for farmer leaders in developing countries
    -    Challenges linked to changing patterns of food consumption, agriculture and economic growth will only increase globally

    The panel was webstreamed and the video, photos and relevant documents are available online.
    Read the tweets (@CTABrussels) that highlight the main statements.

    Source: CTA


    Link Read more and watch video
    Link European Development Days 2012
    Link Biodata_Panelists.pdf

  • Farmers Fighting Poverty, now also online
    2012-10-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Rural development

    Family farmers all around the globe are fed up with the idea that governments can only help them with social programs! What we need, is the recognition by all stakeholders that family farmers in developing countries are economic actors, just like their colleagues in the more developed countries. As family farmers, we just need a favourable business climate. That’s why a dozen of agri-agencies in Western Europe, Senegal, Asia, and Canada have joined forces under the umbrella of Farmers Fighting Poverty. Discover the dynamics of their programs on the new website www.farmersfightingpoverty.org.

    Source: Trias


    Link Read more
    Link Trias
    Link AgriCord


  • President Barroso meets with FAO Director-General
    2012-10-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy

    On 11 October 2012, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso met in Brussels with the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, José Graziano da Silva. They agreed that the EU is a key strategic partner for the FAO and should play a full role in it and discussed food security including development, resilience and nutrition policies, as well as global governance issues. On the previous day, Mr Graziano da Silva had also met Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş and Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki.
    Mr. Graziano da Silva and President Barroso stated that governments and the national and international communities have an important role to play. They stressed the need to strengthen global governance mechanisms such as the Committee on World Food Security and the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), and noted that increased market transparency and coordination were helping avoid spikes in international food prices. Mr. Graziano da Silva and Barroso also reaffirmed FAO and EU's commitment to supporting nationally and regionally led efforts and actions to promote sustainable and inclusive growth and mitigate the impact of high food prices in local food security.

    Source: India Education Diary


    Link Read more
    Link FAO-EU Partnership: EU Food Facility
    Link World Food Day - Zero Hunger


  • Aquaculture sector gets financial boost from EU
    2012-10-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries, Food Security

    Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica Paola Amadei wants real results from the USD 10 million EU-funded project to revive Jamaica's aquaculture industry. Jamaica has received the EUR 30 million ACP Fish II Programme funded by the EU to boost fisheries management, improve food security and alleviate poverty in 78 ACP countries.  The award comes as the fish farming sector is experiencing rough times: the local industry is seeing a drastic decline in aquaculture products, with 1,149 tonnes in 2011 compared to the 2006 high of 8,019 tonnes. Roger Clarke, minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, assured that the government would increase its efforts to resuscitate the industry.
    Clarke insisted that the funding from international donors would be used for aquaculture to help create food security and jobs, import substitution and save foreign exchange. These goals will be achieved through a "complete revolution" of the aquaculture sub-sector. This will include 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: FIS


    Link Read more
    Link ACP Fish II Programme
    Link News_Release.docx

  • Fisheries: proposed quotas for 2013 and 2014
    2012-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    According to scientific evidence, fisheries are doing relatively well. Quotas should remain stable, but the European Commission considers that this will not affect the prohibition of trawling in deep waters. In 2013 and 2014, European fishermen sailing the North-East Atlantic should have the right to fish as much as in previous years. The European Commission has published its proposals for quotas, following scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Of the 24 stocks listed the total allowable catch (TAC) of 3 will increase, 13 decline and 8 will remain at the same level.

    Source: EurActiv.fr


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link EC Press Release
    Link Map of Fishing Areas in the EU


  • Franco-German alliance on agricultural budget
    2012-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    After  visit by the French Minister of Agriculture in Berlin, France and Germany announced a common front on maintaining the CAP budget for the period of 2014-2020. The financial allocation to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the coming years has been challenged during the last round of negotiations in Brussels. Being the first item of expenditure of the European Union, it has been the target of many attacks.
    France and Germany, the main beneficiaries of the CAP, have decided to retaliate by announcing a common position on the maintenance of the agricultural budget to the nominal level of 2013 for the period 2014-2020. This approach was reached after a visit by the French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll in Berlin, on 9 October 2012, where he met his counterpart, Ilse Aigner.

    Source: EurActiv.fr


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link CAP: EU
    Link CAP explained


  • World Agroforestry Centre and Convention on Biological Diversity enter sustainable land use pact
    2012-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, New Technologies

    The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed an agreement that signals a renewed commitment to the sustainable use of land resources and indigenous biodiversity, as well as ‘climate smart’ agriculture.
    The goal of the new agreement is to “improve smallholders’ livelihoods through sustaining and/or enhancing ecosystem services through the development and application of knowledge on the use of trees to diversify farming systems.” This contributes directly to the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020) and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for protecting the world’s biodiversity. So far, 197 countries have signed on to the Targets.
    CBD Executive Secretary, Braulio Ferreria de Souza Dias, said the Memorandum of Understanding wouldserve to harness the practical knowledge resident within ICRAF, the CGIAR and partners in meeting the Aichi Targets.
    Both signatories said they looked forward to seeing tangible outcomes from the new agreement, whose strategic objective is “the development of science-based methodologies for improvement of agricultural productivity and sustainability, by applying principles of sound land-use and sustainable use of indigenous biodiversity to also reinforce ‘climate smart’ agriculture.”

    Source: World Agroforestry Centre


    Link Read more
    Link CBD: Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 – 2020
    Link BR 29: Climate Smart agriculture


  • Outcomes of the Consultation on the 11th EDF Regional Programming
    2012-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Aid effectiveness

    The first consultation on the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) regional programming for the Pacific region concluded on 12 October 2012. The meeting noted that regionalism in the Pacific has provided many success stories and that further effort is needed to build on the current achievements. “Regional solutions and support are crucial for smaller economies. For many Pacific countries, certain regional services are an extension to those provided at the national level,” Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade said.
    “The European Union is fully committed to support the regional integration efforts of the Pacific ACP Countries. The inherent vulnerability of the small Pacific islands states will be taken into account in the 11th EDF programming process,” Mr Alistair MacDonald, Acting Head of Delegation of the European Union in the Pacific, affirmed. The drafting of the 11th EDF Pacific Regional Indicative Programme is expected to be completed by mid-2013 for EU approvals by the end of 2013. Further consultations with key stakeholders will be facilitated. The Pacific region thanked the European Union for its continued support for development cooperation initiatives in the region, and called for strengthened partnership between all development partners.

    Source: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link European Development Fund
    Link Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat


  • What potential does agroforestry hold for the future CAP?
    2012-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    More than 80 policy makers, farmer’s representatives, NGOs and scientists assembled on 10 October 2012 in the European Parliament to discuss the potential that agroforestry holds for the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The event, entitled “Agroforestry: Trees for a Sustainable European Agriculture”, was organised and chaired by MEP Gaston Franco with the aim of promoting and supporting agroforestry at the European level. The event brought together many speakers with various backgrounds and perspectives, resulting in a demonstration of a diverse and sophisticated picture of the field.
    Speakers discussed the advantages, profitability as well as the challenges of agroforestry. On the whole, it was agreed that agroforestry has a great potential to change our way of thinking about agricultural production systems and that now is the excellent time to bring this issue to the heart of the discussion on the CAP reform. This new idea may play a major role in the future negotiations on greening and may even redeem greening requirements.

    Source: CAP Reform.eu


    Link Read more
    Link Documents from the meeting
    Link CAP after 2013


  • Safeguarding Coastal Waters
    2012-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    Ian Hudghton MEP, President of the Scottish National Party, welcomed a vote on 9 October 2012 in the European Parliament which will ensure that Europe's fishing nations retain control of their coastal waters. The unanimous vote in the parliament's fisheries committee was on a legislative report drafted by Mr Hudghton seeking to renew the current control regime within 12 miles of each EU state. The full parliament is expected to formally adopt the report on 21st November. At present resources within each 12-mile coastal zone are the responsibility of each fishing nation. The current regulations are due to expire on 31st December of this year, which could potentially open up all coastal waters to vessels from across Europe. Mr Hudghton was nominated by the fisheries committee to steer emergency legislation through the parliament to prevent this from happening.

    Source: Greens/European Free Alliance


    Link Read more
    Link Ian Hudghton
    Link EU must do much more to regulate overseas fishing and fish imports


  • Vulnerability to natural disasters quantified
    2012-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Countries most vulnerable to natural disasters are not necessarily the ones facing the most environmental degradation, a new report finds. According to WorldRiskReport 2012, prepared by the UN University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and released on 11 October, the risk of any given country depends on the economic, social and institutional conditions of its society. The report ranks the risk of 173 countries based on an index that quantifies structural susceptibility, coping capacity and adaptation capacity along with exposure to natural hazards.
    Areas especially vulnerable include Oceania, Southeast Asia, and especially Central America and the Caribbean. The South Pacific island of Vanuatu ranked the most at-risk, while Qatar ranked the least. Of the EU member states, the Netherlands is the most vulnerable, ranking No. 51 overall. UNU-EHS director Jakob Rhyner emphasized that the rankings should not be seen as an instrument of reproach but one of public awareness and support.

    Source: New Europe


    Link Read more
    Link WorldRiskReport 2012
    Link European Commission: Adaptation to climate change


  • Children as agents of change: Lessons from BTC Tanzania’s HIV & AIDS awareness project
    2012-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Health and Development

    Improved knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, greater awareness of rights, ability to recognise and avoid risky situations, and willingness and confidence to inform and positively influence their peers and neighbours: these were just some of the results observed among pupils targeted by a BTC-supported project for HIV & AIDS awareness. The project, piloted in 28 primary schools in Tanzania, also contributed to additional benefits including better attendance, reduced number of early pregnancies, and improved academic performance.
    These findings and more are described in the publication, launched on 11 October 2012: "Agents of Change: Lessons from a pilot HIV & AIDS awareness project in primary schools in Tanzania". The booklet describes the results of the project, highlights lessons learned and makes recommendations for scaling up activities to many more schools.

    Source: Belgian Development Agency


    Link Read more
    Link Belgian Development Agency
    Link EU to help boost effectiveness of Botswana's fight against HIV




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