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Saturday, 18 November 2017

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.

St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony says his administration was a bit “surprised” at the move by Chiquita Brand International to acquire the Irish-based Fyffes, which distributes fruits, including bananas, across Europe.  Chiquita said on Monday that it would pay about $526 million for Fyffes and global industry sources said the deal will potentially give Chiquita some sway over prices.

The European Union (EU), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Government of Zimbabwe have launched a huge programme intended to help small farmers to boost production and productivity and to engage in commercial agriculture through a range of integrated approaches. The four-year programme, funded to the tune of 19 million dollars (13.78 million euros), will be administered by the FAO and will target in particular smallholder irrigation and livestock production support activities.

Four enterprises from the Pacific have been supported by the European Union to showcase their products to international buyers at Trade Pasifika 2014. The four enterprises are Liman TL and Maubere Mountain Coffee, both from Timor-Leste; Women in Business Development Inc. from Samoa; and the Crab Company (Fiji) Ltd from Fiji. They are exhibiting at this year’s trade show, which  is currently held at the Vodafone Arena, Suva, Fiji. The trade show exhibits the best of agriculture, aquaculture and tourism.

Monday, 07 April 2014

Climate change and its consequences are a challenge for small-scale farmers in Chingale, Malawi. To adapt to climate change, farmers are integrating fish farming and crop irrigation to their farming practices in order to provide extra food and income.

Thursday, 03 April 2014

The American company Chiquita and Irish company Fyffes merge in a highly competitive market. The cheapest of all fruits, the banana, is at the heart of large-scale financial manoeuvres. On March 10, the American group, Chiquita Brands International and the Irish trading house, Fyffes, both founded in the late 19th century, announced their merger. The two companies, ranked number one and number four worldwide respectively, strengthen their place with a turnover of US$4.6 billion, i.e 3.3 billion Euros.

Creating growth and job opportunity in Africa is crucial as this continent, as well as other developing regions lack employment and income generation opportunities, combined with a fast-growing, young population. In many developing countries, the expansion of the private sector, notably micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) is a powerful engine of economic growth and the main source of job creation. The private sector provides some 90 percent of jobs in developing countries, making it an essential partner in the fight against poverty.

Under the Hellenic Presidency, the Council and the European Parliament reached today a tentative agreement ad referendum on the draft regulation on information provision and promotion measures for agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries (16591/13), at an informal trilogue meeting which took place this afternoon.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Tanzania has signed a grant agreement. Japan will lend Sh6 Billion through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The agreement aims to develop the agricultural sector in the country.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

The EU should 'think big' and face tomorrow’s challenge to feed the world sustainably, argue the presidents of the Dutch and Danish farm organisations. To do so, an EU business policy for the agro-food sector and common European standards for sustainable foods are very much needed, they write.