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Newsletter 398

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

- 23 May: Meeting of the ACP-EC Development Finance Cooperation (Authorised Representatives)
European Commission:
- 19-20 May: European Maritime Day 2014
- 21-22 May: Regional Workshop on "Establishing Operational Groups under Rural Development Programmes"
- 22 May: MAES High Level Conference (Mapping & Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services)
Council of the European Union:
- 19 May: Foreign Affairs Council
- 19-20 May: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
- 23 May: COREPER I  
European Parliament :
- 22-25 May: European Parliament elections  
- 20 May: Presidential, parliamentary and local elections, Malawi

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In this week's CTA Brussels video interview, Anne Floquet, Joint Learning about Innovation Systems in African Agriculture (JOLISAA), tells us a bit more about successes and shared lessons from the farmer-led agricultural research, by emphasizing its impact on the livelihood of the people and its key role to improve food and nutrition security.

To find out more and watch her presentation: http://brusselsbriefings.net/past-briefings/farmer-driven-research/

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Fifteen Pacific island countries will benefit from a project supporting vulnerable nations in the region to adapt to the impacts of climate change, through promoting sustainable livelihoods and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE) programme will also promote energy security solutions at national, provincial and community levels. The programme will include interventions to implement appropriate adaptation practices and technologies in food security, coastal management, water security, and improving access to energy.

Top cocoa grower Ivory Coast has reinstated the export licence of Swiss agricultural trader Ecom Agroindustrial Corp Ltd's local unit, rescinding a ban imposed in a dispute over farmer bonuses, a document from the marketing board showed. The Coffee and Cocoa Council, CCC, imposed the suspension, which also barred Ecom subsidiary ZAMACOM from participating in cocoa auctions, on Feb. 4. Several farmer cooperatives had complained to the CCC that ZAMACOM owed them premium payments for certified cocoa produced during the 2012/13 season.

The German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and stakeholders have launched the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) project in Ghana. The initiative targeted at male and female smallholder rice farmers is to significantly improve the livelihood of rice farmers in selected countries in the sub-region by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply to meet increasing regional demand.  Mr Emmanuel Toureille, Country Director, TechnoServe Ghana said the project is being implemented Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Tanzania with the aim of reaching 120,000 African rice producers.

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