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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Kenya is expected to export 125,000 tonnes of flowers in 2014, according to an announcement on Wednesday by an interest grouping representing this economic sector. At a media briefing in Nairobi, Jane Ngige, the CEO of Kenya Flower Council (KFC), said that her country was expected to generate some 531 million dollars of earnings from its floriculture activity.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

On April 2, under the Hellenic Presidency, the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) endorsed the final compromise text on a draft regulation establishing promotion measures for agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries agreed  by the Council and the European Parliament representatives during the trilogue meeting which took place on the 1st April.

The EU is currently reforming its plant health regime, which dates from1977. The European Commission proposed in May 2013 a new EU Plant Health Regulation, as well as a new legislation on official controls, which will now also include all phytosanitary controls at the EU borders. The proposals have been submitted to the European Parliament and Council for co-decision procedure. Despite the Commission’s proposals to introduce new tools to prevent the introduction of new pests via imports, some EU Member States call for a drastic changes in the EU approach to phytosanitary controls.

The Roadmap 2014-2017 of the fourth EU-Africa Summit establishes key areas for cooperation: science, technology and innovation; higher education, mobility and migration and employment; sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration; global and emerging issues and the post-2015 development agenda.

Italy has allocated Senegal the sum of 45 million euros – 29.5 billion CFA francs – to fund agricultural projects, the promotion of women and food security, the ambassador in Dakar, Arturo Luzzi, announced on Saturday. "This is a a concessional loan of 45 million euros granted to the Senegal state. It will be up to the Senegal government to select its priority areas. It has already targeted the agricultural sector and food security," said the Italian diplomat.

120,000 Ivorian producers will be receiving 75.4 billion CFA francs, via agricultural sector management structures, thanks to an agreement signed between these structures and the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture. This agreement, binding the Coffee-Cocoa Council , APROMAC  and AIPH was signed as part of the Ivory Coast Agricultural Sector Support Project, a component of the National Agricultural Investment Programme .

Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Namibia will only sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) after the conclusion of negotiations between EU and African leaders, set to take place in Brazil next month. This was revealed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba during his visit to Aussenkehr farms, following concerns grape growers raised over the inconclusive European Union's Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations for Namibia.

A new report Britain’s Bruising Banana Wars: Why cheap bananas threaten farmers’ futures has been published by the Fairtrade Foundation on 24 February. The report looks specifically at how the pressure on the price of bananas in the United Kingdom (UK) has driven a trend in many banana producing regions towards job losses, the casualization of labour, and the marginalisation of smallholder producers.

Austria is supporting agricultural activities in Mozambique’s Sofala province where it plans to spend around 100 million meticals (US$3 million) by 2015 as part of a programme launched in 2012, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported. The advisor to the Austrian embassy in Maputo, Eva Kohl, told the newspaper that the programme was intended to support 250 farmers’ associations and directly involve 4,000 members across the province’s 13 districts and help improve food security.

The European Parliament rejected on 12 March 2014 the European Commission's proposed definition of nanomaterials added to food products. Voting at the Assembly's plenary session in Strasbourg, lawmakers decided that the proposed definition would have exempted foods containing nanomaterial additives that are already on the market from being labelled as such. By allowing the word "nano" in brackets on the labels, this would confuse consumers and suggest that these additives are new, which would therefore make them “erroneous and irrelevant,” the MEPs said.