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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Friday, 19 July 2019

The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on the 14 September 2011 and will be organised in partnership with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. We will discuss the main challenges involved in rural transformation processes by sharing different perspectives on rural transformation processes across continents. We will then focus on rural employment and rural labour markets needed to create growth and economic development. Among our speakers, we are pleased to receive the CEO of NEPAD, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Prof. Peter Hazell from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, Paul Dorosh from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Paul Barera from the Rwanda Telecentre Network (RTN).

As director of HarvestPlus, Dr. Howarth Bouis coordinates an interdisciplinary, global effort to breed and disseminate micronutrient-rich staple food crops to reduce hidden hunger among malnourished populations. In our interview during the Brussels Briefing on Nutrition security, he presents the concept of HarvestPlus.

The European Research Council (ERC) opened its fifth call for proposals for the "ERC Starting Grants", targeted at early-career top researchers of any nationality, working - or moving to work - in host institutions in Europe. Open to all fields of research, including Social Sciences and Humanities, it will help emerging talent to pursue innovative ideas at the frontiers of knowledge. The total budget for this call amounts to €730 million, which is an increase of just over 10% from last year. The call will fund 500 to 600 talented researchers.

The National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish and Seafood (Anfaco) expressed dissatisfaction with the team of consultants selected by the European Commission (EC) to review the agreements that the European Union (EU) keep with Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The Association believes that there is a "conflict of interest" as the experts chosen for the task are linked to the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), a body responsible for advising on fisheries management in the Pacific Ocean.

1.1 billion EUR are needed in the next twelve months to stop the famine in the Horn of Africa, said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf at an emergency meeting in Rome on Monday 25 July. At the meeting, the World Bank consented to disburse 348 million EUR to the poor in the Horn of Africa, while Germany and the Netherlands again increased their emergency aid by 15 million EUR and 6.5 million EUR. The Czech Republic committed 5 million CZK (210,000 EUR). The European Commission declared on Wednesday that it will increase its aid to Somalia by another 27,8 million EUR, meaning that it is contributing an overall 158 million EUR to fight against the hunger crisis.

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