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Newsletter 384

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Friday, 21 September 2018

European Parliament:

- 3-6 February: European Parliament Plenary Session
- 3-6 February: European Parliament Committee Meetings
- 3 February: Joint meeting of the Committees on Development and on Foreign Affairs on the “Post-2015 Global Development Agenda” with the President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

European Commission:

- 5 February: High-level Discussion Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Council of the EU:

- 04-05 February: Meeting of the Political and Security Committee (PSC)

ACP Group:

- 5 February: W/G on the Future Perspectives of the ACP Group

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In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Dyborn Chibonga, Chief Executive Officer of the National Smallholder Farmers' Association (NASFAM) in Malawi tells us more about the about the main achievements of the association and the projects for the future. Chibonga also explains how smallholder farmers can drive agricultural research initiatives responding to their needs. NASFAM is a farmer-directed business system based on the individual participation of over 100,000 Malawian smallholders.

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The first in a series of eight consultations across the Caribbean has been held in Trinidad and Tobago last week to identify agricultural and fisheries priorities for the development of country action plans. The national consultation on the project funded by the European Union, Support to the Caribbean Forum of ACP States in the Implementation of Commitments, undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures, is also aimed at increasing production and trade in agriculture and fisheries.

European diplomats backed a 6.5 billion euro ($8.9 billion) deal to help fishermen adapt to new rules, ending years of debate over reforms of the European Union's fishing policy dealing with over-fishing. The funding agreement covers the years 2014 to 2020 and intend to fund equipment, such as new nets that allow smaller fish to escape, that could help replenish stocks.

Uruguayan fisheries are facing a dark future after the poor performance in the last two years of the country returns. The fishing industry is struggling to recover markets, and during 2014, it will have to cope with the duty benefit limitations to enter the European market.

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