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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Several political leaders of Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories are due in Montserrat this week for a meeting to discuss European Union funding for the overseas territories. The Honourable Premier of Montserrat, Mr Reuben Meade, will chair the meeting which will be attended by OCT leaders Mrs Sarah Wescott-Williams of Dutch St Maarten, Mr Hubert Hughes of Anguilla and Dr Orlando Smith of the British Virgin Islands. The Montserrat meeting on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th May will determine how the EU funds earmarked for the territories are to be disbursed in advance of a major EU funding meeting scheduled for Barbados next month. The Caribbean OCTs will be identifying three project areas to present to officials from the European Commission at the Barbados meeting.

The British Department for International Development minister, Lynne Featherstone, launched a project in the Mozambican capital aiming to expand financial services for small-and-medium size businesses, especially in rural areas. The British government will grant 20 million U.S. dollars for the project. The funds will be used to develop the rural areas through medium and small enterprises.

A new EU policy paper – formally known as "a Communication" - setting out the role of private sector at the forefront of international development in its partner countries has been adopted today by the European Commission. The private sector provides some 90 per cent of jobs in developing countries, and is thus an essential partner in the fight against poverty. It is also needed as an investor in sustainable agricultural production if the world is to meet the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. In many developing countries, the expansion of the private sector, notably micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) is a powerful engine of economic growth and the main source of job creation.

The EU is providing J$11.1 billion (one Jamaica dollar = US$0.004 cents) to Jamaica for projects within the sugar industry, justice, community development initiatives and poverty reduction. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said that the country’s strict adherence to sound fiscal management is part of what has made the EU’s continued support to the country.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Olivier de Schutter, a Belgian academic, is the United Nations' special rapporteur on the right to food. In 2013, he won the Francqui Prize, sometimes referred to as the 'Belgian Nobel Prize' and one of the country's most prestigious awards in the biological, medical and social sciences. On Thursday and Friday (8-9 May), he convened the Francqui International Conference in Brussels under the title 'The EU's Fifth Project: Transitional Governance in the Service of Sustainable Societies'. He spoke by telephone to EurActiv's Marc Hall, the day before the conference.

The United Nations and development experts agree that fighting world hunger can only work if the hungry – smallholders in developing countries and women in particular – take on more responsibility for decisions. A report released by Oxfam on Tuesday (6 May), accused German development policy of purposefully disregarding this, preferring to work through the German Food Partnership (GFP) and the new alliance for food security in the G8.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The European Union (EU) has called for an increase in investment for research and technology in order to address the challenges of food insecurity. According to the EU’s ambassador to Kenya, Lodewijk Briet, it is part of a wider development strategy to develop agriculture and increase food production. The ambassador said research is crucial in fighting poverty and improving the livelihoods of many households in Africa.

Monday, 12 May 2014

WorldFish, African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency launched an innovative programme to improve the quality of life of small-scale fish traders in Africa, many of whom are women. The fish trade is crucial for food security and economic development in Africa. Funded by the European Union (EU), the Fish Trade programme will promote intra-regional fish trade  by supporting Ministries of Fisheries and Aquaculture in strengthening policies, standards and regulatory frameworks.

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Multi-Donor Trust Fund (FARA MDTF) has been granted an additional $14 million from the European Commission in order to achieve food security. The agreement was signed in Washington DC by Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, executive director of FARA, and Colin Bruce, World Bank director for regional integration in the Africa region. These new funds will increase the total support for the (FARA MDTF) to $45 million.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The next Haiti Development Briefing on ‘Modernising family farming, an alternative to ensure food security’, will be held on the 29th April 2014, at the Université Notre Dame d’Haïti (UDERS), Cayes, Haiti.
You can follow the Briefing live by clicking on this link.

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