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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The German aid organisation Brot für die Welt warns that a planned EU-US free trade agreement known as TTIP will undermine local support for smallholders in developing countries and exacerbate the global food crisis. EurActiv Germany reports.The planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US threatens the concept of sustainable food security, the development NGO Brot für die Welt announced at a presentation of its annual report, in Berlin. Development politicians agree: The key to fighting world hunger is strengthening smallholders in developing and newly industrialised countries.

On 23rd June, 2014, Oxfam and KAALO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of Puntland launched a project that will focus on strengthening the Ministry’s capacity on marketing, support policy improvement on licensing, engage in advocacy at local and international levels, and enhance knowledge of the Ministry staff. The project is funded by European Commission for three years, from May 2014 to April. 2017.

Mamadou Coulibaly Sangafowa, Ivory Coast’s Minister of Agriculture launched a project to support cotton sector (SCP) in the country at a ceremony in Korhogo, located in the north-central region of Ivory Coast, last week, according to an official press release from the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Ivory Coast (also called Côte d’Ivoire). The project aims at improving productivity and market access, as well as supporting cooperative organizations in Poro, GBEKE, Gontougo, and Bagoue of Hambol regions.

Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, will today underline the urgency of putting in place the right rules to protect the oceans at international level. Together with Trevor Manuel and José Maria Figueres of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC), she will co-host the conference “Re-energising the Oceans” on global ocean governance in Brussels today, which will be followed by a press conference at the European Commission's Berlaymont press room at 12:30.

The Cameroonian State did not wait until the October 2014 deadline to ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed in 2009 with the EU, which aims to gradually remove (over a period of 15 years) the customs barriers between the two entities in order to create a free-trade zone. On July 9, 2014, the Cameroonian parliament adopted the bill pushed by the Minister of Economy authorising the Head of State to ratify the EPA concluded in 2009 between the State of Cameroon and the European Union. The text was submitted to members of parliament on July 8, 2014 for examination, “two days before the close of the parliamentary session” for the month of June, leaving the national representatives little time to debate such a sensitive issue,” complained the Citizens’ Association for the Defence of Collective Interests (ACDIC) in a release.

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