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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

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.

The crop-growing season in Eritrea has been significantly delayed due to late rains, according to the report on ‘Crop and pasture monitoring in Eritrea’ recently published by the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in the framework of the scientific and technical support to the European Union (EU) delegation in Eritrea and the EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General (DG DEVCO) on food security information.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Guyana signed 23.4M Euros financing agreement on 20th June 2013 as part of Europe’s continuing Sugar Support Programme. The funds will be disbursed for the 2012/2013 program and will see Guyana drawing down on 115M Euros since the program started back in 2006. Earlier this year, EU said that since 2006, when the program started, it made available91.5M Euros to Guyana.

‘The European Union (EU) can push biodiversity mainstreaming in many ways to reach EU 2020 targets’ said Chris Vanden Bilcke, Head of UNEP’s Liaison Office to the EU, during a conference of the European Parliament (EP) Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, which  was held on Tuesday 24 September 2013 in Brussels. The speakers raised the importance of restoring nature through green infrastructure (GI); linking biodiversity science and policy; involving private sector in biodiversity conservation; integrating biodiversity measures into agricultural practices.

Friday, 27 September 2013

The next Women´s Forum on ‘Expanding Economic Opportunities for Women Farmers and Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and the Pacific’ will be held on Tuesday 8 October 2013 during Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2013. It aims at strengthening inter-regional linkages and it will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the process of linking the smallholder farmers to the local market as a strategy for improving investment and agricultural growth in the region.