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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

European Parliament

- 29 September

INTA Committee: Hearing of Commissioner designate for Trade: Cecilia Malmström

ENVI and PECH Committees: Hearing of Commissioner designate for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries: Karmenu Vella

DEVE Committee: Hearing of Commissioner designate for International Cooperation & Development: Neven Mimica


- 30 September

ENVI Committee: Hearing of Commissioner designate for Health & Food Safety: Vytenis Andriukaitis

DEVE Committee: Hearing of Commissioner designate for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management: Christos Stylianides


- 02 October

AGRI Committee: Hearing of Commissioner designate for Agriculture & Rural Development: Phil Hogan


European Council

- 28 September to 30 September: Informal Meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers in Milan, Italy


ACP Secretariat

- 02 October: ACP Committee on Sugar



- 01 October to Friday 03 October: Information for Meeting Africa’s Agricultural Transformation and Food Security Goals (IMAAFS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Nestlé will launch modular factories on the African continent within one to three years. “The factory consists of easy-to-assemble component sections and is intended to offer a flexible, simple and cost-effective solution for creating production sites in the developing world,” according to the Agitrade website. These factories are 50 to 60% cheaper than traditional factories and will enable the Swiss giant to adapt to the constraints associated with the African market (risks, energy supply difficulties, etc.) and can be easily disassembled and transferred from one site to another.

The ACP Council confirmed this week, at its 99th session in Nairobi (Kenya), that the next Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States for the period 2015–2020 will be appointed from the Caribbean. The Secretary General holds executive powers and heads the Brussels-based ACP Secretariat, which is the administrative and technical body of the ACP Group. The Secretariat provides policy guidance and technical expertise to the Group’s corporate bodies and monitors the implementation of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement.


Twenty-eight international organisations, foundations, research centres, NGOs and universities have joined forces to combat cassava diseases in Africa. The PACSUN (Pan-African Cassava Surveillance Network) was set up at the beginning of August. The idea behind its launch had been established during an international workshop on the surveillance and control of cassava diseases in Africa, organised in Réunion, on 10–13 June, by the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and the Research Institute for Development (IRD), under the aegis of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21).

The quantity of fish caught on the old continent has halved in thirty years. As a result of overfishing and certain environmental factors, the capacity of fish stocks to regenerate is increasingly problematic.The measures taken by the European Union to tighten fishing quotas since the end of the 1990s have had little or no impact: the level of fish stocks, with a few fortunate exceptions, is not rising. “The results have not lived up to expectations,” notes Didier Gascuel, Director of the Fishery Department of Agrocampus Ouest and co-author of a very recent study on the evolution of fish stocks in European waters (excluding the Mediterranean), published in the scientific journal “Fish and Fisheries”.

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