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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

European Parliament

3 – 7 November: Parliamentary committees meetings

5 November: CONCORD workshop on global development #DEVWORKSHOP 2014 (10h - 12h)

ACP Secretariat

4 November : Meeting for the West Africa Region (15h - 18h)

5 November : Meeting for the East Africa Region (10h - 13h)

6 November: Committee of Ambassadors (10h - 16h)


5 November: Conference RurbanAfrica: Opportunities and challenges for Rural-urban transitions in sub-Saharan Africa (12h30 - 14h) organised by the European Commission – Brussels

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Yesterday’s Brussels Briefing saw IUU experts and policymakers from the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, including EJF’s Oceans West Africa Project Coordinator, come together to discuss how best to tackle IUU, or ‘pirate’ fishing. Pirate fishing takes 11 to 26 million tonnes of fish a year and represents 37% of the overall catch in West Africa, one of the regions most affected by this issue. Pirate fishing depletes fish stocks, damages marine environments and jeopardises the livelihoods of legitimate fishers. Since 2009, EJF has been working to eradicate pirate fishing in West Africa through community surveillance and its Fisheries Information Network (FIN).

Ghana's government is desperate to pass a Plant Breeders Bill that would remove farmers' ancient 'seed freedom' to grow, retain, breed and develop crop varieties - while giving corporate breeders a blanket exemption from seed regulations. Now the farmers are fighting back. If Ghana passes the Plant Breeders Bill it gives away control of its agriculture and food supply for nothing but empty promises. The Bill makes a gift of Ghana's land and agriculture to Agribusiness TNCs. Farmers in Ghana are on the frontlines of a battle. The national parliament has just returned from its summer break - and the first item on their legislative agenda is the government's controversial Plant Breeders Bill.

In order to help pineapple producers and exporters generate an offer potential export with greater international quality standards, the Dominican Republic Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD), the Agriculture Ministry and the Pineapple Growers Association in Cevicos (APROPIC) presented Friday their support to the quality and food handling system for pineapple producers with export potential. The initiative, supported by the Delegation of the European Union in the country, is part of the "Overcoming Technical Barriers to Trade" program, which provides technical assistance to the commercial sector with funding from the European Union (15 million euros), and benefits all the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, including the Dominican Republic. 

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