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Thursday, 22 February 2018

A conference on the European seed legislation and policy took place in Brussels on 22 January 2014 under the patronage of IFOAM EU and was supported by Demeter International and 16 stakeholder NGOs. The theme of event was: “Challenges for producers, consumers and citizens: Who will own the seeds?”. Representatives of the European Institutions, Member State Authorities, farmers’ associations, breeders, seed savers, universities, churches, journalists and many relevant NGOs attended the conference with more than 120 participants.

To encourage more people to participate, organisers have extended the deadline to register for the €13,000 Farming by Satellite Prize to 28 February 2014. Student and young farmer in Europe and Africa who have an idea for using satellite technology in agriculture to improve production and efficiency and reduce environmental impact, are invited to register your idea for the €13,000 Farming by Satellite Prize. The prize is an initiative of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and is aimed at promoting the use of satellite navigation in agriculture and its benefits to end users. Registrations must be received by 28 February 2014.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014

European Parliament:

- 3-6 February: European Parliament Plenary Session
- 3-6 February: European Parliament Committee Meetings
- 3 February: Joint meeting of the Committees on Development and on Foreign Affairs on the “Post-2015 Global Development Agenda” with the President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

European Commission:

- 5 February: High-level Discussion Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Council of the EU:

- 04-05 February: Meeting of the Political and Security Committee (PSC)

ACP Group:

- 5 February: W/G on the Future Perspectives of the ACP Group

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The first in a series of eight consultations across the Caribbean has been held in Trinidad and Tobago last week to identify agricultural and fisheries priorities for the development of country action plans. The national consultation on the project funded by the European Union, Support to the Caribbean Forum of ACP States in the Implementation of Commitments, undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures, is also aimed at increasing production and trade in agriculture and fisheries.

Monday, 03 February 2014

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.