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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The European Union (EU) will give Zambia 484 million Euros (about K3.63 billion) support for the period between 2014 and 2020 for development projects and governance issues. This follows talks held between the Zambian Government and the EU on future Strategic Partnership at which the 11th European Development Fund Programme was subsequently negotiated.

Monday, 27 January 2014

More partnerships and investment are needed to support the pan-African partnership to tackle desertification and land degradation. So far, the African Union - in cooperation with the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew and the Walloon Region of Belgium - has mobilized more than €50 million in support of the Great Green Wall Initiative.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

European Commission

- 22 January: The Commission presents the 2030 framework for climate and energy

European Parliament:

- 20-23 January: European Parliament Committee Meetings

Council of the EU:

- 20 January: Foreign Affairs Council

ACP Group:

- 21 January: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
- 21 January: S/C on Sustainable Development
- 23 January: Committee of Ambassadors
- 24 January: S/C on Political, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs

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“Together with the 28 Member States and the European Parliament, we have reformed the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). This reform reflects choices already made – to encourage farmers to produce what consumers want and not what public authorities decide” said Dacian Cioloş European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development during the opening Ceremony of the International Green Week held in Berlin on the 16 January 2014. “At the same time, we wanted to encourage farmers to take into account not only our choices as consumers – healthy, safe, quality and affordable products – but also our choices as citizens, with concerns for the environment and our future” he added.

The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) called on the European Commission (EC) not to allow the genetically modified maize crop Pioneer 1507 on the EU market. This insect-resistant crop could be dangerous to harmless butterflies and moths, said a resolution approved on Thursday 16 January 2014. “Based on this proposal, we are clearly lacking evidence on the safety of this new GMO strain to have it on the EU markets" said Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, a German member of the S&D group, who opposed approval along with other members of the environment committee.

Monday, 20 January 2014

A written interview with EU Chief scientist, Anne Glover, who has expressed that it would be unethical not to use GM technology when other approaches have failed as genetically modified crops can provide solutions to famine and malnutrition in developing countries.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Over the next four years, the European Union will be funding the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) special assistance programme, which aims to assist banana and plantain farmers, and other sector interests, with enhancing crop production and productivity.

Parliament endorsed draft rules defining pollen as a natural constituent of honey, rather than an ingredient, in a vote on Wednesday. This means that GM pollen has to be labelled if it makes up more than 0.9% of the honey.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

The European Commission (EC) has released the November 2013 edition of ”Comodity price data”, a price dashboard which provides a summary of commodity price data for the most representative agricultural products and consumer food prices, at European Union (EU) and world level for the month of November. Although not all the products are comparable at both EU and world level, this document is intended to give an indication on the most recent price developments.

Monday, 06 January 2014

The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, will provide EUR 15 million for investment by export focused agricultural companies in Malawi under a new lending initiative. The lending programme will be managed by First Merchant Bank (FMB) who will also provide EUR 15 million under the scheme.