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Newsletter 457

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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.

The Brussels Development Briefings are regular events organised in Brussels by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA) – in collaboration with the European Commission, the ACP Group, and other partners – on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation. http://brusselsbriefing.net


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 EU’s "MAP - Monitoring Agri-trade Policy" series provides in-depth analyses of relevant agricultural trade and agri-trade policy issues. EU agri-food exporters in 2014 maintained net surplus of €18 billion, despite the Russian import ban. 2014 trade statistics in particular indicate a growing importance of the US market for EU agri-food trade. The report notes that agri-food trade between developing countries – the so-called South-South trade’ – is growing at a higher rate than trade in developing countries. It notes that this qualitative shift in world trade patterns comes about with the demand growth being located in developing countries with high population and income growth (e.g. Africa) and growing supply by emerging countries.

European dairy farmers have been protesting in light of the challenges facing milk producers at risk from falling milk prices. While oversupply in the EU market means cheaper milk for consumers, there is also concern that this would lead to more aggressive export policies towards developing and emerging countries. Sieta van Keimpema, Vice-President of the European Milk Board (EMB) noted, “the current system and the current policy have failed, plunging European dairy farmers into the abyss. (…) It is the same in every EU country. Putting the blame on individual countries or farmers is wrong, because they are all struggling with the same problem.” In the current situation where the volume produced in the market exceeds demand produces a negative effect on prices, many stakeholders strongly believe that  EU production must be adapted to counter the threat to dairy farmers’ livelihoods throughout Europe.

Friday, 31 July 2015

This week, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU) met to negotiate the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Caribbean expert and renowned diplomat, Sir Sanders shall deliver the keynote address at the international conference on the EU-ECOWAS EPA. Sir Sanders presence, as a former negotiator of the Cariforum EPA was greatly appreciated in the context of the ECOWAS EPA negotiations. Publisher of Africa Today, Mr. Kayode Soyinka said,  “Nigeria, most especially members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANT) NACCIMA – the chambers of commerce, and of course the consumers, can get the benefit of the Caribbean experience from someone like Sir Sanders close to the center of the negotiations.

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