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Saturday, 16 February 2019

The European Union has announced that it will spend Euro 4.5m ($5.88m) to support the Tanzanian horticultural sector in a bid to increase small farmers' income through better access to markets.

The upcoming Irish presidency of the EU Council of Ministers will be one of realism and optimism, Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore told reporters during a hand-over event in Brussels. Ireland, he said, hoped to become the first country to emerge from the EU/IMF bailout programme.

Europe's overseas aid commissioner urged rich nations not to renege on their commitments to help the world's poor people, even as EU capitals grapple with their own financing problems.
"A number of member states, for very understandable but for regrettable reasons, have scaled back their ambitions," Andris Piebalgs, the development commissioner, said in a speech on Monday (17 December). "This will make meeting our 0.7% pledge more of a challenge."

Food production is water intensive. This ‘virtual water’ both represents a challenge and an opportunity, since it can be exported worldwide, writes Lars Hvidtfeldt. Lars Hvidtfeldt is Vice-President of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to work with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries under a new deal designed to fight global hunger and poverty and increase the sustainable management of natural resources.