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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

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 next Brussels Development Briefings no. 42 on Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development  shall be held on 17th September 2015. Women make essential contributions to agriculture and rural economic activities in ACP countries but still face limitations in integrating the agribusiness sector and upscaling their businesses. This briefing will look at successful business cases led by women entrepreneurs and analysing the drivers of success. Register, follow live and find out more at:

Friday, 24 July 2015

The final outcome  of the Third International Financing for Development Conference which took place in Addis Ababa has been published. The Heads of State and Government and High Representatives expressed their support for sustainable agriculture, including forestry, fisheries and pastoralism, as well as the importance of action to fight malnutrition and hunger among the urban poor. The document notes of encouragement for increased public and private investments. Many international organizations received recognition for their work in the field of agriculture, including the Committee on World Food Security, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme, the World Bank and other multilateral development banks, as well as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.

The 2015 edition of the regional fisherfolk mentor programme was held in Antigua, , from July 6 to 9, and brought together over 21 mentors and resource persons from 16 Caribbean countries. The programme was established in 2013 to provide support and encourage the active participation of fisherfolk organizations in fisheries governance and management. The key objectives of the workshop include: (i) strengthen the mentors’ capabilities in mentoring and facilitation and project cycle management; (ii) familiarization with the positions of fisherfolk on key fisheries and related policies for small scale fisheries development in the Caribbean. Fisherfolk were also able to share common challenges, such as, inadequate facilities for landing, storage, processing and marketing of fish and fish products; limited capacity to maintain the quality of fish from harvesting to marketing.

The 32nd edition of the Luanda International Fair (Filda/FIL) got underway this week with the participation of  40 countries and territories and 930 national and international exhibitors. Participants of the four day long fair have come from Brazil, Japan, Spain, France, India, Turkey, Zambia, Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, China, Indonesia and Macau. The Germany/Angola and Angola/Italy economic forums on Agriculture and Food Industry are expected to be among the main highlights. Salvador Cardoso, director of institutional relations for the fair explained, “Germany is this year’s special guest country and has strengthened its participation, with 28 companies of international renown, some of which already operate in the country.”

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