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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Council of the EU

16 November: Agriculture & Fisheries Council

16-17 November: Foreign Affairs Council

European Parliament

19 November: International Trade Committee

European Commission

Infopoint: A new rural development paradigm in SDGs?

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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.

A trio of agreements signed at the Caribbean Agribusiness Forum 2015 will pave the way for stronger development cooperation in the Caribbean. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two long - standing partners: the Caribbean Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA),  pledging to work closely with both to further agricultural and rural development in the region. Meanwhile, CARDI and IICA signed a General Technical Cooperation Agreement (GTCA) with each other. The ceremony took place during the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum being staged this week in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Chefs can play an important role in helping small-scale farmers to supply the hospitality trade in small island developing states (SIDS). By offering menus based on local cuisine instead of imported dishes, they can drive demand for home-grown ingredients sourced from local producers. A session on the second and final day of the 2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum being held in Bridgetown, Barbados has heard that agritourism offers good opportunities for smallholder farmers. But they will need support in upgrading their supply chains to hotels, resorts and supermarkets, producing timely and reliable deliveries of quality products.

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