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Friday, 16 November 2018

Brexit plans may be proving controversial but a Stranraer dairy has made it open doors for its products. Lactalis, owner of the Caledonian Cheese Company and McLelland Cheese Packing, has agreed deals to supply own label and branded products such as Seriously Strong Cheddar across France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Turkey, North America and South Africa. This means that locally produced products will be sold in stores such as Carrefour and Casino in Europe, Walmart in the USA, Coles in Australia and Woolworths, one of the largest retailers in South Africa. Group MD Mark Taylor said: “Export markets provide a significant opportunity for Lactalis, partly as a result of the weakening of sterling.

As the wheels of Brexit begin slowly to churn into motion, a clearer image is starting to emerge as to what it means for the UK’s trade relations with the rest of the world. While much has been made of Britain’s need to strike deals with major emerging economies like India, China, and Brazil, the appointment of Priti Patel as International Development Secretary – a vocal critic of the department’s focus on aid in the past – signals a shift in emphasis towards a pro-development trade policy for Africa. If handled intelligently this could present a significant opportunity for Britain to hitch its chariot to a region which is set to be the world’s fastest growing over the next century.

The Dutch and Mozambican authorities on Tuesday signed two agreements to improve water supply, under which Holland will provide funding of 13.5 million euros (about 14.5 million US dollars). Signing the agreements were the general director of the Mozambican government's Water Supply Assets and Investment Fund (FIPAG), Pedro Paulino, and the Dutch Deputy Director-General for Development Cooperation, Reina Buijs. 

The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) will fund two projects in eastern Sudan aimed at improving water, sanitation and hygiene services in Kassala state, and in treating and preventing malnutrition in Red Sea state. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports in its latest weekly bulletin that the two projects will cost €1.3 million (about $1.45 million) in total. In Kassala State, the €800,000 ($891,000) one-year project will address the severe need for water and waste management services. It will be implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

All is now set for the Market Development in the Niger Delta, MADE, a U.K. Department for International Development Funded programme, to launch N80 million Technology Adoption Grant, TAG, a private sector intervention aimed at stimulating performance in select agriculture value chains in the Niger Delta. The TAG fund managed by MADE will be awarded to eligible individuals and enterprises with focus on palm oil processing, fish smoking and improving harvesting technologies through a competitive grant process.