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Newsletter 491

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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European Development Days 2016

Tour et Taxis (Brussels): 15-16 June, 2016

On 15-16 June, CTA will be collaborating with various international organisations on five events at The European Development Days 2016 in Brussels. Topics to be discussed at the events include: sustainable development goals, agribusiness and food standards in ACP countries. Please follow the links below for further information:

Recent Global Developments in Agricultural Trade and ACP SDG Pursuits:


The Treatment of Food Standards in Mega-RTAs:


Gender and Agricultural Entrepreneurship:


Agribusiness alliances in support of local and sustainable food in the ACP:


Ending hunger and undernutrition: It can be done faster:



PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://eudevdays.eu/register-anonymous

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ACP Secretariat

11 May: Working Group on the 8th ACP Summit11 May: S/C on Sustainable Development

European Parliament

9 May: European Parliament Committee Meeting

Other Events

11 May: InfoPoint Lunchtime conference: Information session on the EU Emergency Trust Fund Horn of Africa Window

12 May: InfoPoint Lunchtime conference: Towards simplification of funding modalities

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Thursday, 05 May 2016

Kenya is eyeing the lucrative European Union market for its mangoes as efforts to improve quality of the produce begin bearing fruits. Kenya Plant Inspectorate Health Service (Kephis) Managing Director Esther Kimani said the agency introduced self-regulatory measures in August 2014 to ensure production of quality mangoes in a bid to access the export market. "The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) no. 26 allows for the creation of pest-free areas to control the fruit flies in some region. We have managed to reduce the pests by 80 per cent and we hope that soon those mangoes will access the European market," she added. The European Union (EU) in 2014 announced that it would inject Sh1.4 billion ($16.1 million) to help improve Kenya's food security through the horticultural, dairy, apiculture, aquaculture sectors. Among other things, EU would help in ensuring that the farm produce meet some of its most stringent standards.

Source: allafrica.com

Wednesday, 04 May 2016

Caribbean countries have a living bank of marine resources from which they collectively cash out hundreds of millions of dollars a year to support emerging national economies by providing good jobs, food and foreign exchange, among other benefits. However, in order to remain active and competitive in the global marketplace, countries have had to find ways to surmount the challenges posed by stringent international standards called sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, for food safety and for protection against diseases carried animals and plants. Under an EU-funded SPS Measures Project, the ability of Caribbean countries to effectively address those challenges is being strengthened through initiatives such as specialized training for those gatekeepers who help to ensure the safety of both imported and exported foods. The project has reached a new milestone, as a group of professionals from CARIFORUM states -- the countries which make up the Caribbean Community, as well as the Dominican Republic -- has just concluded a sanitary and phytosanitary management course. The intensive two-week training, held at the United Nations University – Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) in Reykjavik, Iceland, was organized under the capacity building component of the project.

Source: caribbeannewsnow.com