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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 343]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 343]
Send date: 2012-11-12 09:18:22
Issue #: 160
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 : [12/11/2012]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

 

  1. Main Events for the Week 12/11/2012 – 18/11/2012
  2. Our Video Guest: Tony Simons, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre
  3. Commission plans to boost sugar supplies
  4. Film Screening: The Crops of the Future
  5. EU gives €6 million for emergency aid to the Caribbean after Hurricane Sandy
  6. Small-scale farmers have no time to lose in adapting to climate change
  7. FAO Food Price Index falls slightly in October
  8. Turning smallholding into big business
  9. IFAD supports EAC’s efforts to become food self-sufficient
  10. CAP reform delay could affect agri-environment funding
  11. Draft Model Bills focus of EPA Meeting of Legislative Drafters
  12. Participants Discuss the Future of Smallholder Farmers As Entrepreneurs
  13. Joint funding of European-African research projects agreed
  14. Climate summit: EU and world must raise ambition
  15. Swaziland fishery laws outdated
  16. Member States and Commission must manage spending better
  17. Amid Food Crisis, Caribbean Agriculture Going to Seed
  18. FAO, Haiti Government seek $74 million for Haiti's farm sector
  19. Royal Society and DFID launch fund for African research
  20. EU to inject €158 million into Somali development efforts
  21. Bring women on board
  22. Women are main guardians of crucial livestock diversity
  23. Cooperatives are crucial allies in the fight against hunger
  24. Mixed progress for ACP-EU trade agreements


  1. Main Events for the Week 12/11/2012 – 18/11/2012
    2012-11-12
    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
    -    12 November: Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
    -    12 & 15 November : Committee on Foreign Affairs

     

    ACP Group
    -    12 November: Committee of Ambassadors’ Working Group on the Preparation of the 7th ACP Summit
    -    13 November: Working Group on Bananas
    -    13 – 16 November: Committee of Ambassadors

     

    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: Tony Simons, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre
    2012-11-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Rural development

    At the 29th Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Climate change, agriculture and food security’ we sat down with Tony Simons, Director-General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kenya, to discuss climate smart landscapes and the goals of climate smart agriculture.
    ICRAF's mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes, and use its research to advance policies and practices that benefit the poor and the environment.


    Link Watch the Video
    Link Find out more about ICRAF
    Link Briefing 29: Climate change, agriculture and food security


  3. Commission plans to boost sugar supplies
    2012-11-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, ACP-EU Trade

    The European Commission plans to propose steps to increase the EU's sugar supplies in the face of dwindling stocks and a growing gap between domestic and global prices. The Commission seeks  to boost supplies by a total of 1.2 million tonnes through a roughly equal combination of imports of raw cane sugar at reduced duties and sales of domestic beet sugar produced in excess of strict national production quotas.
    The announcement followed similar moves last year, when high world prices restricted EU imports and led to sugar shortages in several member states. The EU executive will also approve the export of an additional 700,000 tonnes of out-of-quota sugar in the current 2012/13 marketing year, bringing total exports to 1.35 million tonnes - just within the 1.37 million tonne limit imposed by the World Trade Organization.


    Source: EurActiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU-ACP Sugar Protocol
    Link Sugar Quotas and EU Farm Spending


  4. Film Screening: The Crops of the Future
    2012-11-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security, Environment

    The Crops of the Future is Marie Monique Robin latest documentary, which completes her trilogy after The world according to Monsanto (2008) and Our daily poison (2011). Ms. Robin shows that is possible to tackle the food crisis together with the environmental and climate crises. On October 8th 2012, the screening of this film was organized by SOS Faim at the European Parliament with the support of three MEPs: Charles Goerens (ALDE), Mariya Gabriel (EPP) and Bart Staes (The Greens).
    Prioritising and supporting small-scale farmers must be the core of future policies that aim at tackling energy, climate, poverty and biodiversity issues. By exploring agro-ecological practices from different continents, the film demonstrates that another type of agriculture is possible and shows how revisiting farmers’ practices and rethinking the agricultural production system can help to meet the most important challenges of our time.

     

    Source: CTA


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about SOS Faim
    Link Transforming Smallholder Agriculture


  5. EU gives €6 million for emergency aid to the Caribbean after Hurricane Sandy
    2012-11-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Aid effectiveness

    In response to serious damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, the European has released €6 million to bring immediate relief to the most vulnerable population severely affected by the hurricane in the Caribbean.   Cuba and Haiti are the worst hit countries by Hurricane Sandy, with respectively 3 and 1.5 million people affected; the Dominican Republic and Jamaica also suffered important damages.
    Crops and harvests are devastated, causing fears of food insecurity, while houses and infrastructure have been destroyed. The immediate priorities are access to food and to safe water, to avoid waterborne diseases and, in countries affected by cholera, to avoid an upsurge of cases. Extensive support is also needed to restore shelters and basic infrastructures.  
    The European Commission's emergency funding will provide immediate relief to people affected by Hurricane Sandy in Haiti and Cuba: providing food and basic household items, repairing houses, restoring water services. This €6 million funding will also be used to restore local agriculture, providing farmers with seeds and tools.


    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EC's humanitarian response in the Caribbean
    Link Jamaica negotiates banana relief with EU


  6. Small-scale farmers have no time to lose in adapting to climate change
    2012-11-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Environment, Rural development

    The speed and intensity of environmental change is outpacing the capacity of smallholder farmers to manage the effects of a variable climate. Losses and damages from extreme weather continue to increase, as the pattern of droughts, floods and tropical storms becomes ever more unpredictable.  
    As a result, crop failures and livestock deaths are causing economic losses, raising food prices and undermining food security with ever-greater frequency in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and other regions. At the same time, rural livelihoods are being undermined by the effects of water stress, land degradation and loss of biodiversity. To build resilience against these hazards, smallholders need technologies and financing that help them improve production and reduce climate risks.
    IFAD’s newly operational Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) aims to help 8 million rural people become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The programme is a tool to scale up and integrate climate risk resilience across IFAD’s approximately US$1billion per year in new investments.  ASAP represents a renewed, concerted effort to tackle climate risk issues in rural development and reduce risks and shocks for rural poverty reduction.


    Source: IFAD


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about ASAP
    Link Building Smallholder Resilience


  7. FAO Food Price Index falls slightly in October
    2012-11-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    The FAO Food Price Index fell by one percent in October 2012 and for the first ten months of the year food prices were on average eight percent lower than in the same period in 2011. The Index dipped two points to 213 points from September's revised level of 215 points. The decline was largely due to lower international prices of cereals and oils and fats, which more than offset increases in dairy and sugar prices.   
    Meanwhile the FAO Food Outlook, a bi-annual global market report also published today, noted that lower international prices and freight rates, together with lower cereal purchases, could push down the world food import bill in 2012.  Global expenditure on food imports was forecast at $1.14 trillion in 2012, 10 percent lower than last year's record level.  


    Source: FAO


    Link Read more
    Link Read the FAO Food Price Index
    Link Briefing 25: Food Price Volatility


  8. Turning smallholding into big business
    2012-11-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security

    Climate change, urbanisation, and population growth pose a challenging set of circumstances for food production. It is estimated that there are 500 million smallholder agricultural producers in the world, with some estimates as high as 800 million. These farmers will play an important role in meeting growing challenges, aided by increasingly savvy business models.
    As delegates from around the world gather in Addis Ababa for the conference 'Making the Connection: Value Chains for Transforming Smallholder Agriculture', a consensus is emerging over the need for a new mindset in which agriculture is seen as a business opportunity.
    Financial management, marketing and business skills are all needed. New partnerships are necessary to strengthen the business models of smallholder farmers. NGOs, often seen as public sector agents, are increasingly delivering business management services through coaching programmes, and providing simplified and relevant tuition.  A range of private sector players are emerging to provide business management advice. Large companies also need to change how they look at the smallholders' place in the production chain.


    Source: This is Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Small Farmers can solve world food problem
    Link Smallholders are key to Africa’s development


  9. IFAD supports EAC’s efforts to become food self-sufficient
    2012-11-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    The president of the Rome-based International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Mr. Kanayo Nwanze, has assured full support to the East African Community (EAC) in their efforts to fight hunger and become food self-sufficient.  IFAD’s President stated that EAC would be their top priority in 2013, adding that his senior officials would be dispatched to discuss areas of co-operation in revamping food production in the region.
    A five-year Action Plan was adopted by the 9th Extra-Ordinary Summit of EAC Heads of State, the highest decision making body, earlier this year. The aim of the Action Plan is to significantly increase the production of strategic food security commodities through access to inputs and promotion of cross border production in the region. The EAC is also establishing an early warning system to monitor food shortages


    Source: East African Community


    Link Read more
    Link EAC Ministers seek to enhance food security
    Link Trade between EU and EAC


  10. CAP reform delay could affect agri-environment funding
    2012-11-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    A final agreement on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform is unlikely to be reached until next year, after MEPs delayed a vote on the policy by three months. The delay virtually rules out any prospect of the new regime coming into force in 2014, as originally proposed by the European Commission, which could have major implications for farmers whose agri-environment schemes expire in 2014.
    After the summer recess the EU Parliament’s Agriculture Committee drew up a timetable which included a committee vote on the CAP reform package in November, which has been postponed to January 23 & 24, 2014, and the full EU Parliament plenary vote is unlikely to take place until March. Only then will final negotiations between MEPs, EU Ministers and the European Commission begin, with some Brussels sources predicting an eleventh-hour agreement towards the end of the Irish presidency at the end of June.


    Source: Farmers Guardian


    Link Read more
    Link Record number of amendments for CAP
    Link CAP Reform


  11. Draft Model Bills focus of EPA Meeting of Legislative Drafters
    2012-11-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat-based Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Implementation Unit is set to convene a Meeting of Legislative Drafters on 8-9 November in Antigua and Barbuda.  
    The meeting targets legislative drafters from CARIFORUM states that are signatory to the EPA and is designed to benefit those  who will be tasked with preparing legislation to give effect to provisions of the EPA, which has been provisionally applied since 29 December 2008.
    During the Meeting, consideration will be given to draft model legislation to address the International Maritime Transport Services provisions of the EPA as well as legislation for the regulation of Professional Services.


    Source: CARIFORUM


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about CARICOM
    Link EU-Caribbean Trade


  12. Participants Discuss the Future of Smallholder Farmers As Entrepreneurs
    2012-11-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security, New Technologies

    Over 500 private sector representatives, government officials, donors, civil society representatives, farmer organisations and academics have come together at “Making the Connection: Value Chains for Transforming Smallholder Agriculture”, an international conference that will discuss the future of agricultural value chains and how to incorporate smallholders in them to promote agricultural and rural development.
    Hosted by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), with the support of many other organisations, the conference takes a novel, market-based approach to solving the challenge of how smallholder farmers can continue to play a major role in meeting consumer demand at domestic, regional and international levels.
    Smallholder farmers provide the bulk of the food produced in developing countries – up to 80 percent in sub-Saharan Africa. Growing urban populations and greater global wealth are creating additional demand for agricultural products, yet rising food prices suggest that farmers’ productivity is not keeping up with this demand.
    Participants at the conference will share ideas, knowledge, new approaches and best practices that can strengthen the efficiency and profitability of existing commercial value chains and assist those working to promote value chain development to strengthen economic growth in smallholder communities.

    Source: allAfrica


    Link Read more
    Link Africa Value Chains
    Link Making the Connection


  13. Joint funding of European-African research projects agreed
    2012-11-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Health and Development

    The first initiative of European and African countries to jointly fund collaborative research projects was agreed on 6 November during a visit by Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to Cape Town.
    The calls, to be launched in January with a budget of €11 million, will offer research funding in areas such as agriculture, health, climate change and energy, grouped under three headings: "Renewable Energy", "Interfacing Challenges" and "Idea driven research". The calls have been developed within the framework of the €2 million, three-year "ERA-Net for Africa" (ERAfrica) project.
    Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "Today's agreement is truly historic. It is the first time that European and African countries have jointly established a research agenda that will be funded by both sides. This can serve as a model for future cooperation between our two continents and encourage other countries to embrace this new form of partnership."

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about ERAfrica
    Link Research to improve life for African farmers


  14. Climate summit: EU and world must raise ambition
    2012-11-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The UN climate summit in Doha (COP 18) should spur the EU and other countries around the world to step up their action to limit global warming, say Environment Committee MEPs in a resolution adopted on 6 November. A majority called for the EU to aim for a 30% reduction in emissions by 2020.  The cross-party resolution - adopted with 54 votes in favour, 7 against and 1 abstention - will be put to a plenary vote in the 19-22 November session.
    MEPs remind that UN parties' pledged action falls short of what scientific findings deem necessary to meet their objective of limiting average global warming to 2°C. Calling on the EU to raise the bar on its current 20% emissions reductions target, the resolution says, "It is in the EU's own interest to aim for a climate protection target of 30% by 2020, thus creating sustainable growth, additional jobs and decreasing the dependency on energy imports".
    Furthermore, environment MEPs gave firm support to a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, a landmark agreement in force since 2005 and due to expire at the end of this year. This should bridge the gap to a global, legally-binding treaty that is set to be agreed by 2015 and in place by 2020, following a breakthrough commitment by UN parties at the Durban summit last December.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link EP Committee on Environment
    Link Preparations for Doha


  15. Swaziland fishery laws outdated
    2012-11-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    Experts have observed that Swaziland’s fishery laws are very outdated. The ACP Fish II Southern Africa Regional Manager, Leone Tarabusi, said fisheries in Swaziland were governed by the Protection of Fresh Water Fish Act of 1937 and regulations promulgated in 1973. “These laws are considered outdated and not able to give effect to Swaziland’s national food security and poverty-relief policy initiatives”, he stated.
    The ministry of agriculture through the fisheries section, with financial support from the EU’s ACP Fish II programme for ACP and strategic legal support from Feike of South Africa, organised a two-day consultative workshop at the end of October. Many stakeholders in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors attended the workshop, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), subsistence fishers, fish farmers, sport fishers and representatives of various government departments and agencies.

    Source: Swazi Observer


    Link Read more
    Link About the Project
    Link Workshop Documents


  16. Member States and Commission must manage spending better
    2012-11-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, ACP-EU Fisheries, Health and Development, ACP-EU Policy

    In 2011 the EU spent € 129.4 billion, with around 80% on agriculture and cohesion policies, where the task of implementing the EU budget is shared by the Commission and EU Member States. The European Court of Auditors (ECA)  found too many cases of EU money not hitting the target or being used sub-optimally. Member States and Commission control systems examined were only partially effective in ensuring the regularity of payments. Control systems are not realising their full potential to prevent or detect and correct errors.
    The error rate estimated by the ECA for spending in rural development, environment, fisheries and health policy group (the most error prone spending area) was 7.7 %. The estimated error rate for policy group regional policy, energy and transport remained high at 6.0 %.
    For many years, the ECA has called for simpler spending schemes with clearer objectives, results that are easier to measure and more cost-effective control arrangements. The ECA’s recommendations come at a time when legislative proposals for an improved management of EU money are being discussed.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Annual Report
    Link The Cost of the CAP


  17. Amid Food Crisis, Caribbean Agriculture Going to Seed
    2012-11-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, Rural development

    With the average age of a farmer in the Caribbean now 62 years old, there is growing concern that commercial agriculture is on a path to extinction – a dire scenario for a region already shouldering a massive food import bill.
    “Our region is faced with an aging farmer population. Analysis has shown that within the next 10-15 years, the production of food within the region will be seriously compromised if we are unable to attract young persons to the agriculture sector,” Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Ambassador Irwin Larocque said at the 11th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) last month.
    “The challenge is to make agriculture more attractive to them and convince them that such a career move is worth it. To do so, we must provide improved access to training at all educational levels from primary to tertiary. Larocque noted that soaring food prices are a continuing reminder that the region has no choice but to pay increased attention to food and nutrition security and cost-efficient sustainable production.
    CWA, the main agricultural event in the Caribbean, was held under the theme ‘Celebrating Youth and Gender in Caribbean Agriculture.’ Over the course of the nine days, CWA drew policymakers and representatives of all key stakeholders in regional policies from across the Caribbean.

    Source: IPS


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about CARICOM
    Link Briefing: Youth and Rural Development


  18. FAO, Haiti Government seek $74 million for Haiti's farm sector
    2012-11-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Humanitarian Aid

    FAO and the Government of Haiti are seeking $74 million (EUR 58 million) over the next year to help rehabilitate the country's agricultural sector in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The "Superstorm" caused colossal damage to Haiti's crops, land, livestock, fisheries and rural infrastructures in late October, leaving more than 600 000 Haitians at risk of food and nutrition insecurity. Of the total funding sought, $4 million (EUR 3.1 million) is needed immediately to help 20 000 families make it through the  winter cropping season starting  in December.
    It was the third disaster to hit the country in the space of a few months. Between May and June a severe drought struck at the beginning of the critical spring cropping season. In August Haiti was battered by Tropical Storms Isaac, followed two months later by Sandy. The combined impact of these three disasters on the agricultural sector has been  estimated by the Government of Haiti at $254 million (EUR 199 million), affecting the livelihoods of 1.5 million people.

    Source: FAO


    Link Read more
    Link EC-Haiti Cooperation
    Link EU Delegation in Haiti [FR]


  19. Royal Society and DFID launch fund for African research
    2012-11-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    A £15.3 million (EUR 19 million) fund to build links between African research laboratories and strengthen their research capacity through mentoring has been launched by the Royal Society (the UK's science academy) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).  The aim is to provide equipment and training for African scientists, and to establish researcher exchange programmes between the United Kingdom and Sub-Saharan Africa.
    John Omiti, principal policy analyst at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, welcomed the funding initiative: "This is very important in [helping] energise African scientists to pursue research that is relevant and sensitive to specific priorities in different scientific disciplines".  However, he warned that the extent of the fund's positive effect on science in Africa will depend on how effectively the money is allocated to research that impacts real problems on the ground.

    Source: SciDev Net


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about DFID
    Link More about the Royal Society


  20. EU to inject €158 million into Somali development efforts
    2012-11-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    In the next few years, the European Union will focus its aid to Somalia on strengthening the country’s education, judicial and security sectors. This was outlined on 3 November by  Michele Cervone d’Urso, the EU’s new special envoy to Somalia, as he announced a new €158 million programme for the country.
    The aid package will be spent on initiatives to strengthen the country’s judiciary and other relevant state institutions, the police force and the education sector. Some of the funds will also be used to encourage Somali professionals working abroad to come home. This funding comes on top of the €212 million the EU has allocated for Somalia for the period of 2008-2013, implemented by U.N. agencies and nongovernmental organisations.


    Source: Devex


    Link Read more
    Link EU Aid to Somalia
    Link Somalia Livestock Trade Boosts Economy


  21. Bring women on board
    2012-11-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Gender and development

    On 24 October, in a spectacular display of lack of solidarity following weeks of public discord, the college of European commissioners failed to give its backing to a draft directive presented by Commissioner Viviane Reding aimed at increasing the number of women on boards of administration across Europe.
    Citing last-minute legal concerns regarding a proposal already one year and a half in the making and already so watered down as to prompt the European Women's Lobby to label it “too weak to oppose”, the Commission moved to delay the announcement of the proposal until 14 November.
    The European boardroom is still a very male place. More than 65 years after the Treaty of Rome assigned the EU the task of tackling gender inequalities in employment, more than 85% of board members of private companies are male, as are 97% of chief executives.

    Source: European Voice


    Link Read more
    Link Context
    Link Reding up for 'fight' on gender quotas


  22. Women are main guardians of crucial livestock diversity
    2012-11-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Gender and development

    Women livestock keepers worldwide must be recognised as the major actors in efforts to arrest the decline of indigenous breeds, crucial for rural food security and animal genetics, a new FAO study argues. Yet women's contribution to indigenous livestock breeding and conservation is poorly documented and undervalued, the study ‘Invisible Guardians: Women manage livestock diversity’ says.
    Of the 600 million poor livestock keepers in the world, around two-thirds are women, whose men often have migrated to the cities. Women stay at home with the children and live by cultivating crops and keeping indigenous smallstock such as chickens or goats, and perhaps a cow. The advantages of indigenous breeds have been long known. But the FAO study asserts that the role of women in safeguarding and defending indigenous breeds and improving their genetics through careful breeding has not been appreciated.

    Source: FAO


    Link Read more
    Link Read the Study
    Link Related FAO article


  23. Cooperatives are crucial allies in the fight against hunger
    2012-11-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    One of the only chances small-scale food producers have to gain competitive access to local and global markets is by banding together in cooperatives, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a meeting of the World Cooperatives Congress in Manchester on 31 October 2012.
    "Cooperatives follow core values and principles that are critical to doing business in an equitable manner, that seeks to empower and benefits its members and the community it is inserted in," Graziano da Silva said in a keynote speech. "This is especially relevant in poor rural communities, where joining forces is central to promoting sustainable local development."
    In the case of agriculture, the cooperative business model helps small- and medium-scale farmers, fishers and others to add value to their production and gain access to markets. Many food producers, through their cooperatives, are now even taking part in policy-making discussions that affect their lives.

    Source: FAO


    Link Read more
    Link Read Graziano da Silva's speech
    Link Agricultural Cooperatives


  24. Mixed progress for ACP-EU trade agreements
    2012-11-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Long-running talks on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between some members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union move ahead at a mired pace, despite best efforts on both sides. At the last joint ministerial trade meeting in Brussels at the end of October, the ACP Co-Chair, Fiji’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, called for a review of European ambitions, after nearly a decade of negotiations.
    Since the early 2000s, 36 ACP countries have been negotiating with the EU as seven regional blocks. So far, only the 15-member Caribbean region has completed a comprehensive EPA, while several other countries have signed and ratified interim deals. European Trade Commissioner Mr Karel De Gucht told the meeting: “We have achieved less than I expected a year ago, and worse - we have achieved less than was possible.”

    Source: ACP Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link EU-ACP EPAs
    Link Fiji pushes trade agenda with Europe




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