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Monday, 24 September 2018

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.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Rich countries switch focus to funding businesses to help farmers and improve food security under the New Alliance.  Investors have increasingly targeted African farmland since the 2008 food, fuel and financial crises. Grow Africa, a "partnership platform" which helped to gather companies' commitments under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, said there had been a "historic shift" in the level of investment on the continent in 2012. In January, the Department for International Development (DfID) said it is overhauling how it engages with businesses. It will conduct roundtables and ministerial visits to developing countries with business representatives and create special contact points, "strategic relationship review meetings", and memoranda of co-operation with priority companies, it said.

Friday, 28 March 2014

After three-years of ban on red meat, South Africa can now export again beef to European markets. This is the consequence of a decision by the International Animal Health Organisation (OIE) to declare South Africa free of foot-and-mouth disease.

According to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, involving more African youth in agriculture and increasing support for the vulnerable family farmers will be crucial to improve food security and economic well-being.

The European Commission has published new proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products. Consumer and producer concerns are at the heart of this new proposal, which seeks to address shortcomings of the current system. The EU organic market has quadrupled in size over the last 10 years and rules need to be updated and adjusted so that the sector can further develop and respond to future challenges.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Stakeholders of the agricultural sector in Africa invited to promote agricultural practices that respect the social environment by signing the PPP4PPP declaration implemented by Coleacp. Which will allow them to receive training in order to better meet the market requirements. The Fruit Logistica fair which united tens of thousands of exporting producers of fruits and vegetables in the world on the 5th, 6th and 7th February in Berlin, Germany helped to launch the support program established by Coleacp international association (African, Caribbean and Pacific Liaison Committee).

The Public Affairs Officer of the Delegation of the EU in Haiti spoke in the 5th Briefing organised by Promodev and CTA on the important topic of “financing of the value chain”. Here is the speech done by Raphael Brigandi during this forum which regrouped agronomists, economists and farmers’ organizations.

The Montpellier Scientific Community (Cirad, Inra, IRD, Montpellier SupAgro and Agropolis Fondation) has just been given 3.5 million Euros from Europe for its ARCAD project (Agropolis Resource Center for Crop Conservation, Adaptation and Diversity). This EU funding will enable the development of necessary technological platforms for the analysis and the conservation of plant biological resources, including the creation of a DNA bank. It will also contribute to the creation of twelve jobs estimated by 2015.