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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Africa Fiscal Forum encouraged peer learning and South-South sharing of experience and was an excellent opportunity for dialogue with partners of EU budget support. The 5th Africa Fiscal Forum took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 7-8 February, organised by the Government of Cameroon, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission. It brought together senior officials from Ministries of Finance of more than 30 countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. Officials from DG TAXUD and DEVCO participated in the event and the EU Ambassador to Cameroon gave an opening speech. Under the heading of "Fiscal Policy under Stress" participants discussed issues related to adjustment to large falls in commodity prices, finding the right balance between spending to close the infrastructure gap and fiscal consolidation to avoid new debt crisis, mobilising more domestic resources and strengthening public investment management.

Kenyan farmers adopt conservation agriculture to double Kenya’s canola oil production in 2017. Unilever East Africa, Agventure Ltd. and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation have [on 22 February 2017] signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalising a venture that aims to double canola oil production in Kenya by the end of 2017 via contract farming arrangements. Ambassador Frans Makken of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was present during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement. The Dutch Embassy is funding SNV’s five year HortIMPACT programme and considers the agreement an excellent example of the combination trade and development cooperation which forms the core of Dutch development cooperation policy.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Adentan Municipal Assembly has launched a 820,000 Euro mushroom project, dubbed the ‘Promush Project’, to create 5,500jobs for the youth and persons with disabilities. The three-year project is funded by the European Union(EU) with an amount of 660,000 Euros while the assembly, Centre for Local Governance Advocacy(CLGA) and Local Government Network (LOGNet), contributed a total of 160,000 Euros. Hajia Mahama said the project would use community sensitisation programmes to orient the crop and animal farmers, youth and the general public to see mushroom farming as a viable business venture.

The Government has allocated $17 million for the completion of a project to facilitate increased production and more diversified exports of agricultural and agro-processed products to the European Union market. The allocation to the European Development Fund (EDF) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Capacity Building Project is included in the 2017-18 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, the project will complete activities aimed at the accreditation of the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) to issue certification for ISO 22000 & HACCP, as well as training and witness audit overseas and in Jamaica.

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union will support the coconut industry in Samoa and Vanuatu as part of a new regional initiative to improve small producer’s business competitiveness. The €3.5 million Coconut Industry Development Project (CIDP) aims to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers in Samoa and Vanuatu, and to share lessons learned to support the development of the regional coconut industries. SPC Project Team Leader, Karen Mapusua, says the call for Expressions of Interest is now open for all involved in the coconut industry including the private sector, farmers’ organisations, and NGOs working with farmers.