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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Connected agriculture was addressed at the 8th Forum for Agriculture in Brussels, held in Brussels on 31 March. Agriculture is one ofthe most inefficient parts of our economic value chain today, according to Jeremy Rifkin, an American social theorist, and global warming is expected to modify the water cycles of the earth, wreaking havoc for farmers and driving up food prices. Agriculture is responsible for one third of global warming emissions; consequently it needs to be addressed as a matter of priority. Nonetheless, technology offers an opportunity to address these challenges by transforming the food production system “from farm to retail”.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Cassavas is currently one of the world's fastest-growing crops, and is holdingup better to the rising temperatures caused by climate change, as pointed outby experts. Since the 80s, the global production of cassava has increased by52% due, among other reasons, to the doubling of its production in Africa. Itadapts better to higher temperatures compared to other crops, such as beans orcorn, as it is less sensitive to climatechanges.

Scientists for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) aredeveloping a super breadfruit (Mae) that will be more productive and climateresistant. The joint research by the SPC’s Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees(CePaCT) aims to improve food security in the Pacific Islands. According to theSPC “Pacific Island governments want varieties of breadfruit that fruit allyear round so that there is a continuous supply, which is vitally important forfood security and also for commercial farmers and businesses based onbreadfruit products”.

Thursday, 02 April 2015

The ACP Group, with the support from the EU, launched this Compendium on the risks faced across ACP countries but also valuable on-going efforts to reduce them. The study shows that every five days, an ACP country confronts a major hazard that could become the next deadly disaster, destroying years of development. Both the number of hazards and the economic damage caused by disasters has been rising regularly due to the effect of climate change and the increase in exposed assets.

France has agreed to give financial aid to help developing countries implement projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The EU is encouraging other member states to follow suit ahead of the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015. All 195 participants - countries in the global South, as well as major economic powers such as the European Union, the United States and Japan - must present its objectives for reducing CO2 emissions and its plans to adapt to climate change. While climate negotiations had previously been divided into two categories: developing countries and developed countries, the new concept of "Common but Differentiated Responsibilities" gives developing countries a new level of responsibility. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

In response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Union is giving an initial sum of € 1 million (around Kina 3 million) to help the emergency relief efforts.  Two EU experts have been dispatched to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations. Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management said, "It is with great sadness that I learn about the tragic loss of life and scale of destruction caused by cyclone Pam. My thoughts go to the victims and their families. The European Union stands by the people of Vanuatu in this hour of need and offers its immediate assistance". 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Cassavas is currently one of the world's fastest-growing crops, and is holding up better to the rising temperatures caused by climate change, as pointed out by experts. Since the 80s, the global production of cassava has increased by 52% due, among other reasons, to the doubling of its production in Africa. It adapts better to higher temperatures compared to other crops, such as beans or corn, as it is less sensitive to climate changes.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The 3373rd Council meeting on Environment discussed the preparations for the UN climate change conference that will take place in Paris in December, where governments are expected to adopt anambitious, legally binding global agreement to be implemented from 2020. The EU and its member states are committed to a binding target of at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The Council also assessed the latest developments in the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, to be adopted at the UN General Assembly summit in September 2015.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Rwanda assented to regulations governing the trade in seed varieties within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).The regulations, which will have to be adopted in all the 19 member states before coming into force, will facilitate safe movement of quality certified seeds within member states. The Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Geraldine Mukeshimana, said that having many seed varieties to choose from will help farmers alternate, especially in the era of climate change which requires innovation from time to time to keep the yields high.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Palau-Tonga exchanged lessons learnt about coastal protection measures and methods to enhance the resilience to climate change of coastal communities. The cooperation was initiated by the Government of Palau which co-funded the exchange visit with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the European Union through the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States project. On Feb. 12, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community launched the first of a series of nine country-specific climate change adaptation videos produced for the Pacific Small Island states project.