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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Friday, 21 September 2018

European Parliament
-29/30 May: Committee on International Trade,
-30/31 May:  Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development meeting
-29/30 May:  Committee on Foreign Affairs  
Council of Ministers
-1 June : COREPER I
-1 June : COREPER II
ACP Group
-28/30 May: 23rd Session of the joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly (Horsens, Denmark)
-28/30 May: 28th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly

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As the Under Secretary General of United Nations Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra recently explained to us in an interview, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) demonstrate more economic vulnerability to external shocks than other developing countries. Delving deeper into this topic, Lino Briguglio, Director of the Islands and Small States Institute (University of Malta)  discusses the so-called "Singapore Paradox". Furthermore, Mr. Briguglio, a professor in Economics, lists the advantages and disadvantages of the EPAs for the SIDS, as these pertain to the ACP group.

The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 26 June from 8.30 – 13h00 on Food Losses and Food Waste. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted! This briefing wants to address the concerns revolving around global hunger, food security, sustainability and waste recovery. A variety of different actors – farmers, retailers, governments and consumers – involved in the food supply chain contribute to large amounts of global food losses and waste. Several strategies are available for the reduction of food losses and waste. However, these strategies are not always known and much action needs to be taken to reduce losses and waste at global, regional and national scale.
Thus, the objectives of the Briefing are to raise awareness of the causes and impact of food losses and waste in low, medium and high-income countries, increase an exchange of information and expertise relating to strategies and successes in preventing and reducing them and to facilitate networking amongst development partners working in these areas.
Speakers will include research, policy makers, food industry, farmer's organizations. More details on the content will be available shortly at brusselsbriefings.

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As a follow-up to the Brussels Briefing on Food price volatility, held on 30th November 2011 and  organised in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the African regional farmer's organisations who participated at the Briefing,  asked the CTA to facilitate their input to the next G20, whose core goal is to increase food production and productivity in a sustainable basis with the aim of promoting food security and foster economic growth.
Subsequently, the CTA, IFPRI and the Mexican Government  held discussions as to feature their input, and facilitated with the support of the World Rural Forum the input from the farmer's and fishers´ organisations worldwide.
Read the main recommendations submitted to the Ministers of Agriculture of the G20  to feed the process in the upcoming Summit of the G-20 in Mexico, in June of 2012.

According to latest updates, CARICOM member states will be the beneficiaries of funding from the EU. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will enter into a contribution agreement with the EU,  for a €3.5 million EPA Standby Facility.  Although the implementation period of the Facility will be thirty-six months, the two parties may agree to an extension.

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