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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Two Dutch horticultural suppliers have been praised by the country’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development on a recent South African visit for their cooperation with local farmers and region-specific technology. Minister Lilianne Ploumen took part in a trade mission to the country earlier in July and singled out Hoogendoorn and Bosman Van Zaal’s contribution to a lettuce greenhouse farm called Jomajoco. Jomajoco supplies South Africa’s largest retail chain Woolworths and has signed up to its sustainability-focused ‘Farming for the future’ program, which has a set of stringent requirements.

Germany invest some 70 million Euros or 46 billion CFAF in Benin for the period 2014-2016, official sources told PANA here Saturday. The investment will be in the areas of three priority projects under the German cooperation with Benin, particularly in the integrated management of water resources, the supply of potable water and sanitation, decentralization and communal development and agriculture, the macro-economic support and basic education.

The "fragility" of the World Trade Organization's 'Bali package' was brought into the open at the weekend meeting in Sydney, Australia, of trade ministers from the world's 20 major economies (G20). The Bali package is a trade agreement resulting from the 9th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Bali, Indonesia, in December last year, and forms part of the Doha Development Round, which started in 2001. The G20 group of countries includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. "... the Bali package is not just about trade facilitation and it also includes other issues ... That was the premise on which the developing countries agreed to trade facilitation and it has to be self-balancing" - South African trade minister Rob Davies

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

On 1 July, the presidency of the EU council officially passed from Greece to Italy for the next six months. This presidency occurs at a particularly historic moment in which the EU institutions are to be reformed, beginning with the eighth legislature of the European parliament. As such, from the beginning of July until the end of the year there will be no lack of events and challenges in which European agriculture is increasingly seen as the protagonist. First of all there will be the new regulations governing organic production and the labelling of organic products.

After electing its chair and vice-chairs following the recent elections held in the European Union’s 28 member states, the European Parliament’s influential Committee on Development — known as DEVE — held its first meeting this week under the stewardship of British MEP Linda McAvan. On the agenda were priorities for the coming months as well as the 2015 budget, Devex learned from insider sources in Brussels.