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Newsletter 448

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

European Parliament

1 June : Committee on Foreign Affairs

1 June : Committee on Development

4 June : Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection

European Council

31 May – 2 June : Informal meeting of agriculture and fisheries ministers

ACP Secretariat

4-5 June : Symposium commemorating the 40th anniversary of the ACP Group

European Development Days 2015

3 June 2015: EDD2015 – CTA panel at EDD: Data revolution in Africa

4 June 2015: EDD2015 – CTA panel with GIZ, UNIDO, COLEACP & SNV: Small Farmers, Big Business

4 June 2015: CTA at EDD2015: Vanuatu & the Pacific: disaster, rehabilitation & sustainable development

4 June: CTA at EDD2015: Enhancing agricultural productivity & farmers welfare through ICT

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The last  Brussels Development Briefing n.41 on the subject of “Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships” was held in Brussels on 20th May 2015 at the ACP Secretariat. Key speakers included the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, the European Commission, successful African cases, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The discussion focused on how nutrition is one of the essential pillars of human development, but global progress has been slow. The audience was comprised of 150 key stakeholders includes ACP-EU policy makers, regional organizations, representatives of EU Member States, European Commission services, Members of the European Parliament, private sector, civil society groups, European research and development practitioners and international organizations.

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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The 9th edition of European Development Days 2015 (EDD2015) will take place from 3-4th June at Tour & Taxi, Brussels. Revolutionising data use to feed the planet is the theme of CTA’s lab at the upcoming European EDD 2015. The Lab shall discuss the rapidly changing world within which African agriculture operates; the relevance and accuracy of our data and knowledge base;  rising investments and policy interest in Africa’s agriculture demands and the necessity to have an up -to -date picture of the reality on the ground. The Lab will showcase the ‘The Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths’ project, which contributes to this by analysing national household surveys from 6 African countries conducted under the Living Standards Measurement Study – as part of the Integrated Surveys on Agriculture Initiative, launched in 2009.

The 9th edition of European Development Days 2015 (EDD2015) will take place from 3-4th June at Tour & Taxi, Brussels. CTA, in partnership with GIZ, UNIDO, COLEACP and SNV shall host a lab session dedicated to  Small Farmers Big Business (SFBB) on the theme of “value chains, value gains”. The SFBB Partnerships’ vision is that sustainable development must go hand in hand with the engagement of the private sector, with the aim to achieve food security in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The ‘value chains for value gains’ session prioritises an inclusive open-minded debate on how to overcome the complex challenges of domestic, regional and international markets. A stronger collaboration between donors, developing countries and private sector is necessary to accelerate growth in agriculture and the food sector through building capacities of private entrepreneurs, commercial and smallholder farmers alike.

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