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Thursday, 14 December 2017

The European Union (EU) has recently reached an agreement within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the upcoming period of 2014-2020. These CAP negotiations are being made in conjunction with the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), which determines how much European money is allocated to agriculture every year, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development informs (ICTSD) informs.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

To encourage European consumers to increase their awareness of sustainable and organic agricultural products, growers in the Netherlands have launched a green label on their produce to denote the quality. Growers that attach this label to their products affirm that their produce is grown in the philosophy of quality, sustainability, and superior taste.

South Africa will be exporting 2 million fewer boxes of oranges to the European Union (EU) this season. The decrease in exports is due to a fungal issue called the Citrus Black Spot, which makes the product less appealing to the consumer.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

The last Brussels Development Briefing on the ‘Drivers of success for agricultural transformation in Africa‘ was held on 2nd of October, at the Borschette Congress Center in Brussels. More than 120 participants discussed successes and shared lessons from the agricultural transformation in Africa, by emphasizing its impact on the livelihood of the people and its key role for the growth of the economies of the continent.

On Monday 7 October 2013, the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA), under the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, approved final compromise texts of the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package agreed by the Council and the European Parliament representatives during the last trilogue meeting which took place on 24 September.

Mr Dacian Ciolos, European Union (EU) Commissioner in Agriculture and Rural Development had the opportunity to participate in a round-table discussion at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) on Friday, to discuss the challenges, opportunities and strategies proposed to unlock the economic potential of agriculture development in Ghana. He was in the country as part of his field visit to Africa to evaluate and discuss the development of agriculture in Ghana.

The European Union (EU) has announced that it will provide €50 million to improve food security and build resilience to drought in southern and eastern Ethiopia. The new funds will help to boost food security in the lowland areas of Ethiopia through a series of long-term measures: for example, it will support a mechanism that provides cash and food to vulnerable people in case of a shock (eg during a drought) and will improve nutrition, for instance by promoting dietary diversification and the local production of vegetables, milk and forage.

Monday, 07 October 2013


- 2 October: Brussels Briefing on Agricultural transformation in Africa

European Parliament:

- 30 September: Committee on Foreign Affairs
- 30 September: Committee on Development
- 30 September: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
- 03 October: Committee on Development
- 03 October: Committee on Fisheries

Council of the EU:

- 2 October: Informal meeting of directors general on fishery
- 3-4 October: Informal meeting of the Working Party on Development Cooperation (CODEV)

ACP Group:

- 01 October: Steering Committee on BIOPAMA

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In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, John Malcolm Spence Senior Coordinator, Intellectual Property Issues, CARICOM Secretariat, tells us more about the concept of Geographic Indication (GI) and the opportunities it represents for the states of CARICOM.

Monday, 30 September 2013

The European Commission (EC) has released the August 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 August. 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.