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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

European Parliament:

09 November: Committee on Development

09 November : Committee on Single Market and Consumer Protection

09-10 November : Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

09 & 12 November : Committee on Agriculture & Rural Development

10 November : Conference - What future for Congo Brazzaville?

10 November : Conference - Unfair trading practices in food supply chains

12 November : Committee on International Trade

12 November : Committee on Regional Development

European Commission

09 November : Infopoint - Climate change and Pacific tolls


10 November: Pub Affairs Bruxelles – COP21 and food consumption habits in the EU

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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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Some 250 leaders, decision-makers and agrifood actors gathered for the first Caribbean and Pacific Agrifood Forum. 

Within this context, the 2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum took place on 5-6 November. It is linked to the Brussels Briefings organised by CTA, the European Commission, the ACP Group and Concord on key issues related to ARD in ACP countries.In addition to experiences from the Caribbean, experts from the Pacific and Indian Ocean  will participate through the Intra ACP Agricultural Policy Programme. The Forum was organised by CTA, IICA, CABA in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management and Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) and was held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), St Michael, Barbados.

The Brussels Briefing no.43 on the subject of “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” took place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C ). The video is available here.

The Briefing discussed the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance South-South and Triangular cooperation. The Briefing : i) reviewed successes and the lessons learned from research and practice; ii) promoted the exchange of information on best practices and drivers of success; iii) fed into the debate various perspectives on policy options. It will review the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice. It also looked into examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the ACP.

The European Union (EU) has contributed about E600 million to the Swaziland National Agriculture Investment Plan (SNAIP) which shall be implemented  this year (2015) up to 2025. However, the entire programme is estimated to cost about E26 billion. So far only E8.1 billion has been raised from different sources, including the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) which has already contributed about E330 million. The deficit of about E16.9 billion remains. SNAIP Logistics Committee Member Howard Mbuyisa urged the business community to contribute and raise at least 22 % of the 69 % budget deficit, equivalent to E3.7 billion.

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