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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Monday, 10 December 2018

In this week's CTA Brussels video interview, Shadel Nyack Compton, Managing Director of Belmont Estate in Grenada tells us a bit more about the activities of Belmont Estate in the agritourism sector, and the types of support needed from development partners for both SIDS and in her area of business. On the 11th of July 2014, Ms Nyack Compton gave a presentation on "Linking small farmers with agribusiness: niche markets and branding strategies" as part of the Brussels Briefing on ‘Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development' organised by CTA Brussels at Borschette in Brussels.

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FAO is delivering emergency livelihood support at a pace 10 times faster than last year. The Organization has delivered, spent or committed all of the funds it has received, and resources have now run out. FAO urgently needs an additional $66 million in order to further expand its support to help the South Sudanese help themselves through the crisis. “An additional 2 million people, or 345 000 vulnerable households, can be supported if we receive additional funding,” said Jeff Tschirley of FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation Division. “We must not wait for the current very critical situation to deepen or for a famine to be declared because by then we know that it will be too late for many. We need to act today to save lives and livelihoods.”

The European Union (EU) has put a temporary ban on exports of vegetables from Ghana to their region. The ban was put in place after EU authorities identified some vegetables from Ghana that did not meet their quality standards. This is not the first time Ghanaian farmers and exporters have had to face this setback having failed to meet certain benchmarks. Some months ago, mangoes from Ghana were banned because of fly infestation. Ghana faced another sanction last year, when the EU noted that fish supposedly from Ghana did not really come from Ghanaian territorial waters.

The European Union will give Kenya Ksh1.4 billion ($16.1 million) to help improve the country’s food security that has deteriorated following the poor performance of the long rains. The money is expected to aid 23 counties, mainly in the arid and semi arid areas dominated by pastoral communities. The first disbursement of Ksh570 million ($6.5 million) will be made available immediately to the National Drought Management Agency to minimise the impact of drought on livestock and livelihood. The balance will be donated at a later date to strengthen other anti-drought programmes in the counties.

The East African Community and the European Union have yet again failed to agree on the long awaited Economic Partnership Agreements, putting the principal market for Kenya fresh produce exports including cut flowers in jeopardy. The collapse of the talks held in Kigali, could see the exports – currently accorded duty free access to the EU – being taxed at between eight and 12 per cent when the current interim arrangement lapses, making them uncompetitive in the face of intense competition from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Colombia. The two trade blocs disagreed on provisions for agricultural subsidies that farmers in the EU benefit from, duties and taxes on EAC exports and non-trade issues such as good governance and transparency.

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