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Friday, 27 November 2015

The government of Sweden said it will contribute 140 million SEK (16 million USD) for food aid to people "affected by the severe and ongoing drought in Ethiopia", Swedish Embassy in Addis Abeba said. The contribution is made through a grant to the World Food Program (WFP). "Through this contribution more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region will receive cereals, pulses and vegetable oil, helping to stabilize malnutrition rates, which have risen sharply in recent months since the drought took hold," a statement from the embassy reads, adding Sweden's contribution will also complement food distributions in other regions following the Government of Ethiopia's allocation of 4 billion birr (US$ 192 million) to relief efforts.

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Cook Islands Fishing Association says there's worry a new fishing ageement will impact on the sustainability of bigeye tuna. The Ministry of Marine Resources has entered into a draft agreement with the European Union that will allow Spanish purse seiners into Cook Islands waters. The president of the Cook Islands Fishing Association, Don Beer, says most members practice subsistence fishing, and have noticed a decline in fish catch over the years. Mr Beer says members are aware the Spanish purse seiners will be targetting skipjack tuna, which has a healthy population. But Mr Beer says members are concerned about the impact on bigeye and yellowfin tuna, which local fishermen rely heavily on.

The newly-accredited Ambassador and Head of delegation of the European Union to Seychelles has pledged the EU's continued support including financial assistance to the Indian Ocean island nation, for the implementation of projects in various fields of common interest. Marjaana Sall was speaking to the local press at State House this morning after presenting her credential to the Seychelles President James Michel."The European Union will stand by the government of Seychelles and provide the assistance it needs, namely through trade facilitation, supporting the implementation of the economic partnership agreement, we’ll provide more than 8 million euros in the next years to come...on climate change issues, we will provide 5 million euros to support Seychelles,” she told journalists.

Friday, 20 November 2015

The Governments of Belgium and Samoa have a lot in common and one aspect they agree to work on is to “strengthen and diversify people to people links in a world of global consciousness.”   This was the statement by the new Belgium Ambassador to Samoa His Excellency Jean Luc Bodson when he presented his credentials to Samoa’s Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Tuesday this week.  Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Sustainability are very important issues this is the statement form the Head of State of Samoa, Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The European Commission has launched an “Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa”. The European Commission has launched an “Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa”, made up of €1.8 billion from the EU budget and the European Development Fund (EDF), to be complemented by contributions from EU Member States and other donors. To date, Member States' contributions amount to around €81.3 million and the EU expects more contributions to follow.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency’s (Caribbean Export) Executive Director Pamela Coke Hamilton highlighted the key market opportunities available for agricultural businesses right here within the Caribbean region at the 2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum that took place in Barbados last week. “There is a US $4billion food import bill in the Caribbean. Therefore we have a $4billion export market right here” stressed Coke Hamilton during her participation of the opening panel discussion on the ‘opportunities to support agribusiness in the ACP-EU cooperation instruments.’

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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.

Friday, 13 November 2015

The Council will have an exchange of views on the state of play of the simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  Ministers will be briefed by the Commission on the state of play on international agricultural trade issues. The Council will also take stock of the implementation of the package of measures addressing the difficult situation of several agricultural sectors.