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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

The 18th Brussels Development Briefing will be on natural disasters, humanitarian assistance and rural development and will take place on 12th May 2010 (8h30-13h00) at the Borschette Center, Room 1A. This Briefing will discuss Humanitarian needs and responses looking first at recent trends and challenges and innovative and responsive approaches to future challenges. 

Friday, 16 April 2010
Our video guest this week is Mr. Mamadou Cissokho. He is the honourary President of ROPPA a network of Peasant organizations and Producers in West Africa. He is also the facilitator of the “Pan African Platform for the farmer of Africa”. It is this context that we met Mr. Mamadou Cissokho at the European Commission in Brussels.

European Parliament (Strasbourg): 
- 19th to 22nd April: Plenary Session  
- 19th April: Extraordinary Meeting of the International Trade Committee
EU Presidency:
- 19th to 20th April (Luxembourg): Council of Agriculture and Fishing
- 23rd April (Spain): Edition II Africa Lives
ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
- 22nd April: Committee of Ambassadors

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/

The European Union has urged foreign investors in agricultural land in developing regions such as Africa to respect local human rights, livelihoods and resources. Sharp rises in global food prices in 2008 prompted major food importers such as Saudi Arabia, China and South Korea to lease farmland abroad - often in Africa - to secure food for their populations.
To increase food security in developing countries, the European Commission has suggested that small-scale farmers must be supported and efforts must be made to ensure that their land rights are respected. Most of the world's poor and hungry live in rural areas, where small-scale agriculture constitutes the main economic activity, notes the European Commission in a policy paper published on 31 March.
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