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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A Common Agricultural Policy is in the process of being honed for the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique central – CEMAC) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). In actual fact, when they met on Thursday in Chad capital Ndjamena, the Ministers of Agriculture of these countries were working on the outlines of this strategy. The tools available to them include the Central African Regional Programme for Food Security, the Regional Agricultural Investment, Food Security and Nourishment Programme, the Special Regional Agricultural Development Fund, the Regional Central African Cotton and Textiles Development Strategy, and the establishment of a Regional Animal Health Centre.

On behalf of the Ivory Coast State, Minister of Agriculture Coulibaly Mamadou Sangafowa has signed a partnership outline agreement with Nestlé Ivory Coast CEO Mauricio Alarcon covering the launch of the Nescafé Plan, under implementation in the country since last year. The partnership relates to the sustainable development of green coffee in Ivory Coast and is a part of the national policy to revive coffee cultivation. According to the Minister of Agriculture, the programme has required the Government to set aside an investment of eight billion CFA francs.

Monday, 01 December 2014

ACP Secretariat

Meeting in Strasbourg (See below)

European Parliament

01-03 December: ACP Parliamentary Assembly & Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly (Starsbourg)

03-04 December 2014: Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

03 December 2014: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

03-04 December 2014: Committee on Fisheries

Council of the EU

01 December 2014: Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Other

02 December 2014: DG DevCO InfoPoint Lunch-time conference – INFORM – Index for Risk Management, New Tool for shared risk analysis (12.30 – 13.30)

04 December 2014: DG DevCO InfoPoint Lunch-time conference - Research Programme EAU4Food – Irrigation EAU4Food: European Union and African Union cooperative research to increase Food production in irrigated farming systems in Africa (13.00 – 14.30)

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The latest Brussels Development Briefing on “Global food systems, local impact: the role of agribusiness and development partnerships in advancing African agriculture” took place Tuesday 25th November 2014 (9h-13h) at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, room C) with an audience of 130 participants.

 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Small Bahamian producers and livestock developers must have secure access to regional and international markets, the Minister of Agriculture said yesterday, adding that “connecting buyers to sellers” was central to the the Bahamas’ Agriculture Policy Programme (APP). V Alfred Gray, speaking with Tribune Business at its launch, said the programme would be divided into three components. “One of the components is to ensure that whatever the producers are involved in is done on a technological research basis, and that will be done together with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), which is leading leading the charge of connecting growers to buyers,” Mr Gray said. 

“The core of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is to improve the lives of people.” These were the words of Renwick Rose, chair of the CARIFORUM delegation at the inaugural meeting of the EU CARIFORUM Consultative Committee. This Consultative Committee, which is made up of civil society organisations, is tasked with fostering dialogue between the two regions and monitoring implementation of the EU-Cariforum EPA in a way that not only improves trade but also has a positive impact on the Caribbean region socially, economically and environmentally. The CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee held its first meeting on 13 and 14 November 2014. These two days of discussions culminated in the adoption of a declaration that was presented to the EPA Trade and Development Committee.

The centre, which is a subsidiary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) received monetary support amounting to  5million Euros from the European Union (EU) and World Bank. Speaking at the ceremony to mark the presentation of the grants to the seven grantees, the first of its kind to be launched by CCORDESA, the EU Ambassador to Botswana and SADC Alexander Baum noted that the awards ceremony was of particular importance. He said it demonstrated the SADC region’s continuing efforts to create a conducive environment to support agricultural research and development under the stewardship of CCARDESA. Baum further said agriculture was the leading economic sector in most SADC countries as it represents 17% of the region’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP). 

It’s not very often that the end of a talk is as exciting as its beginning. Perhaps that should be expected when one witnesses historical moments in time—what can be called true game changers.  Harrison Karnwea, the managing director of Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority (FDA), recently joined us at the World Bank, just days after the UN Climate Summit in New York and the signing of a $150 million grant Letter of Intent for a Forests REDD+ program between his country and Norway to be facilitated by the World Bank. Under the agreement, Liberia and Norway will work together to improve the framework for forest governance, strengthen law enforcement and support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Liberia. Improved governance and adequate law enforcement in the forest sector and agriculture impede further destruction of Liberia’s rainforests and aim to avoid illegal logging and unsustainable agricultural practices.

 

UK-based fisheries consultancy, MacAlister Elliott and Partners (MEP), is working to develop a long-term plan aimed at boosting economic growth for fisheries in Somalia and Somaliland. MEP is working with federal and regional governments, and backed by public sector investment, to provide strategic research and advice on how best to develop fisheries in the Horn of Africa to help local communities in the unstable region. “MacAlister Elliott and Partners has a long association with Somalia and Somaliland and we are currently using our expertise to help develop a long-term development plan for fisheries in the region,” said Stephen Akester, MEP.

 

FIJI can expect about $67.7million in development assistance from the European Union, says EU's ambassador to the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs. "Following the successful election process, the EU is working with the Fijian authorities to plan how best to focus future development assistance in the framework of the 11th European Development Fund, which runs till 2020," he said. "Discussions are still ongoing, but so far two likely areas of support are governance and agriculture/sugar. "The breakdown of the available funds (indicatively 28million Euro) has not yet been decided." The EU had allocated about $112m in assistance to the sugar in industry in 2006. Mr Jacobs said this assistance had to be redirected after the military takeover in December that year.