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Saturday, 15 December 2018

Based on recent research by a consortium of organisations, banana, avocado and citrus farmers in Africa will now be able to export their produce to lucrative markets in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.
The studies were conducted by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in collaboration with the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS); the South African Avocado Growers Association (SAAGA) and the country’s Citrus Research International (CRI), and Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Lee H. Babcock, Expert on mobile finance for agriculture, USA, tells us a bit more about key contributions in the field of agricultural value chain and the challenges with implementing those contributions.
Additionally, he comments on the need to bring together private sector interests with those of the smallholder farmers and the agricultural industry in general. Mr Babcock elaborates on the mobile money players who have an important role to play in agri value chains finance. He argues that  if they want to begin to profitably service rural areas, they will have to partner up with the agricultural sector and stakeholders such as multilaterals, local agricultural development organizations and of course government.

Friday, 14 March 2014

The European Union (EU) and Tuvalu’s National Authorization Officer, Temate Melitiana, have signed the financing agreement for the Technical Cooperation Facility II (TCF II) project.
The TCF II aims at strengthening the capacity of the Government of Tuvalu to successfully coordinate and manage the ongoing 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programmes and to effectively design and implement future projects and programmes under the 11th EDF, covering the period 2014-2020.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

International Women's Day was celebrated at ACP House on Friday, March 7th with a series of compelling presentations under the theme “ACP Women: Actors in Development”, capped off by a prize-giving ceremony, and an impromptu fashion show.
The ACP Secretary General H.E Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni set the tone for the event, reminding the meeting that “for a nation to rise to the heights of its economic and social potential, it needs to invest equally in its entire population – not just the male half.”

Nationals from 16 small island nations in the Caribbean and Pacific regions, the United Arab Emirates, Peru and Colombia will now be able to come to the Schengen area of the European Union without a visa. Commissioner of the European Parliament has confirmed that it has voted in favour of visa-free travel for the nationals of 19 countries.
"I am pleased that once the necessary procedures are completed. This will open up opportunities and advantages also for EU citizens, as any existing visa requirement for EU citizens to travel to these countries will be eliminated," Cecilia Malmstrom, commissioner for home affairs said.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The European commissioner for maritime affairs, Maria Damanaki, has called at the World Ocean Summit for businesses to see the oceans as an economic resource but has warned against a “frenzied gold rush”.
The oceans' vast amount of untapped energy and resources hold great potential for economic development, which can in turn create jobs both at sea and on land, the Commission says.
The EU executive estimates that ocean resources account for some 5.4 million jobs within the EU and some €500 billion a year of economic turnover.

Scientists from European and African academic associations meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week (27 February) joined forces in calling for the use of biotechnology in African agriculture.
The scientists, from the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), said that agricultural biotechnology could contribute to sustainable agriculture and to providing nutrition to people across the continent. Many of the world’s most food insecure regions are in Africa.
The scientists called for increasing the amount of African-led research into agricultural biotechnology, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us,” he says. Bhagwandeen told IPS that his hydroponic project was also developed “to leverage the growth of the urban landscape and high-density housing, so that by growing your own food at home, you mitigate the cost of food prices.” Hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil using mineral nutrients in water, is increasingly considered a viable means to ensure food security in light of climate change.

In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Jean-Pierre Busogoro, International Technical Advisor in Rwanda for the Belgian Development Agency (BTC), tells us a bit more about the project he is working on that aims to improve the access to quality advisor services and helping farmers access quality fees. Additionally, he comments on how we can make sure that smallholder farmers are the drivers and beneficiaries of research innovation and concludes with the main opportunities and challenges there is for agricultural innovation in Rwanda.

Cameroonian Minister of Trade, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana and the Executive Director of the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO), Jean Marc Anga, signed an agreement on February 17, 2014 to finance the feasibility study on the creation of an agricultural commodities exchange in Cameroon. According to the agreement between the ICCO and the Cameroonian government, the project which is “a major first in French-speaking Africa,” in the words of Minister Mbarga Atangana, will cost 50 million FCfa for 6 months.