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Saturday, 21 July 2018
The WTO Doha Round could have a significant positive impact on world cotton prices and contribute to the expansion of cotton production and exports in developing countries. However, the likelihood of such an outcome is highly dependent on the depth of the subsidy reductions adopted by WTO members.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
The majority of European supermarkets failed to take adequate responsibility for labour conditions and fair-trade relationships in their food supply chains, a new report revealed. The report, "Checked out: Are supermarkets taking responsibility for labour conditions in developing countries?" by Consumers International, examined six European countries and asked whether consumers found it easy or hard to make sustainable choices.
The European Union (EU) has defended the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) saying the arrangement does not aim at re-introducing colonialism in Africa. Instead, the EU delegation in the country said that to the contrary, the arrangement is meant to boost Africa's economy.
Thursday, 15 April 2010
All rum producers in the Dominican Republic and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are facing the grim prospect of losing their markets in Europe. Having convinced Caribbean’s negotiators to sign a full Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the 27-nation European Union (EU) on the basis that it was not necessary to include specific language on rum because it was covered in Declaration XXV in the Cotonou Convention.
Kenya will benefit from Sh3.2 billion (32.5 million euros) released by the European Commission to train African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) farmers on food safety as hygiene concerns take centre stage. This is the second phase of Pest Initiative Programme (PIP), whose objective is to support exporters from ACP countries to comply with the European Union’s sanitary standards for fresh fruits and vegetables. 
Monday, 12 April 2010
The EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) is a trade arrangement through which the EU prvides preferential access to the EU market to 176 developing countries and territories, in the form of reduced tariffs for their goods when entering the EU market. The GSP scheme is an important element in the EU's active support for the sustainable development of developing countries.
The European Parliaments agriculture committee is considering proposals to ban the sale of meat from livestock that has suffered from poor welfare and has been produced in the EU. Members of European Parliament pushed for a swift draft  of a new ‘action plan on the protection and welfare of animals’ for 2011-2015, stating “It should prevent “any producer (offering) animal products on the internal (EU) market, which do not comply with the conditions laid down by the general law.”
The European Commission (EC) is increasing the pressure on the East African Community (EAC) to sign the free trade deal known as an economic partnership agreement with the EU. Jacques Wunenburger, head of the economic partnership agreement (EPA) Unit at the EC, told IPS: "If no EPA is concluded, then these countries would be accommodated under either the ‘Generalised System of Preferences’ or ‘Everything But Arms’, as there is no other trade instrument available".

MEP Elie Hoarau has been elected to become the second Vice-Chair of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. During the 19th session of the Assembly, Mr Hoarau addressed a number of issues that affect both outermost regions of the EU and ACP states.

 

Thursday, 08 April 2010
Uganda is one of the world’s top banana-growing countries, producing as many as 10 million tonnes of the fruit each year, but the banana market is under-exploited. Its potential to act as a bastion of food-security and create lucrative openings for ambitious entrepreneurs requires innovation in the way the fruit is produced, marketed and consumed.