Thank you for visiting the CTA Brussels Weblog and reading the weekly newsletter! Many EU and ACP offices in Brussels will be suspending their operations as the staff go on summer vacation. As a result, we will briefly halt the publication of news and the distribution of our weekly bulletin. We will resume our regular publications on the first week of September, 2012.
Enjoy your summer holidays.
The CTA Weblog team
- 3 September: Committee on Foreign Affairs
- 3 September: Committee on Development
- 3 September: Committee on International Trade
- 3 September: Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
- 3 September: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
- 6 September: Committee on Fisheries
- 6 September: Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
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In the recent weeks, we posted some of the interviews that we conducted during the course of the Briefing on Food Losses and Food Waste. Robert van Otterdijk, the Agro-Industry Officer, Rural Infrastructure & Agro-Industries Division, FAO, was the last expert on this issue we had a chance to sit down with. He briefed us on the global state of affairs regarding food losses.
The next Brussels Briefing will take place on 27th September 2012 and will be on the opportunities presented by climate-smart agriculture, or “agriculture that sustainably increases productivity resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes greenhouse gases (mitigation) while enhancing the achievement of national food security and development goals” (FAO).
According to recent updates by the South African newspaper Star, the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has been notably successful. The two-day Fifth FOCAC Ministerial Conference was held in Beijing, and was attended by government heads, officials and other delegates. Like the first Europe-Africa summit, the forum made its debut in 2000. However, political controversy has kept summits between Europe and Africa infrequent.