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Friday, 20 July 2018

Council of Ministers
-23 July: Foreign Affairs Council
-23July: COREPER I
-24: General Affairs Council
-25 July: COREPER II
ACP Group
- 23 July:  Management meeting
- 24 July: Committee of Ambassadors

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As we informed our readers, in June Brussels witnessed the preparation meeting of the next Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO) Continental Briefing, which will focus on defining the future of African agriculture and the renewed role of farmers’ organizations. Following a day of discussions, we could speak to Mr. Komla Prosper Bissi, Adviser of Rural Infrastructure and Trade at the African Union Commission (AUC),  and one of the participants of the meeting. He listed the reasons why a briefing at Continental level is necessary and stressed that African Farmers Organisations must be taken into account in any decision pertaining to African Agriculture.

Monday, 23 July 2012

African farmers’ organizations feel that they need to re-strategize the debate concerning African agriculture and maximize the benefits for smallholders. There is also an urgent need to create incentives, encourage farming as an economic activity, and integrate young farmers into agricultural policies. On June 28th, 2012, a meeting was held in Brussels to outline the structure of the next Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO) Continental Briefing, which will focus on defining the future of African agriculture and the renewed role of farmers’ organizations with the support of CTA and the African Union Commission.
The PAFO Continental Briefing will aim to expand knowledge on key areas; promote the exchange of expertise and experience; facilitate networking; provide a platform for policy dialogue and strengthen the PAFO as the continental farmers’ platform. Around 150 participants representing the five African regions are expected to attend the Continental Briefing, one-third of which will be representing farmers’ organizations. Other stakeholders will include: decentralized local communities, policy makers, researchers, agri-business sector representatives, financial institutions and insurance providers, as well as international organizations and RECs. Updates will follow on the Continental Briefing to be held in January 2013. For further information contact or

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Friday, 20 July 2012

According to an article by the Science and Development Network, European cooperation with Africa on science “needs redefining”. The non-profit organisation which aims to provide reliable information about science and technology for the developing world, reproduces some of the statements made at the Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (ESOF), in Ireland last week, which pointed out that the framework for cooperation on science does not address wide-ranging needs and challenges faced by African countries.

According to a recent report entitled Horizon 2025, and published by the Overseas Development Institute, by 2025, most of the world's poorest people will live in conflict-affected states in Africa, presenting serious challenges for aid donors who have traditionally focused on helping well-governed countries.

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