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Sunday, 23 September 2018

The European Commission has today announced the results of the first call for proposals of an innovative programme for providing finance to bring electricity to the world's poorest citizens. This initiative also shows that the EU has been a leader in the campaign to provide Sustainable Energy for All.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Tanzania has signed a grant agreement. Japan will lend Sh6 Billion through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The agreement aims to develop the agricultural sector in the country.

The Kenya government has signed a cooperation agreement with the World Bank Group's Kenya Investments Climate Programme to change Mombasa's business environment. The UK government and the Dutch government are lending Sh104 million to Kenya. The project will help to fulfill three objectives: creating new business environments, reducing cost of doing business and attracting more private investments in the region.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke has underscored the importance of the sugar industry to Jamaica’s economy, particularly in the context of the administration’s efforts to restructure the country’s economy. Speaking at the official opening of the Toll Gate sports complex in Clarendon on Thursday (January 9) Clarke noted that the sector recorded an estimated US$109.7 million in combined earnings and savings during the 2012/13 sugar crop year. The agriculture minister said that the sector continues to be the largest employer in the agricultural industry, accounting for approximately 18 per cent of current jobs. “As such, sugar is still the largest wage earner and foreign exchange earner in the agricultural sector. The (sector’s) performance can (however) be improved if we step up production,” Clarke argued.

Rich countries switch focus to funding businesses to help farmers and improve food security under the New Alliance.  Investors have increasingly targeted African farmland since the 2008 food, fuel and financial crises. Grow Africa, a "partnership platform" which helped to gather companies' commitments under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, said there had been a "historic shift" in the level of investment on the continent in 2012. In January, the Department for International Development (DfID) said it is overhauling how it engages with businesses. It will conduct roundtables and ministerial visits to developing countries with business representatives and create special contact points, "strategic relationship review meetings", and memoranda of co-operation with priority companies, it said.

Friday, 28 March 2014

According to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, involving more African youth in agriculture and increasing support for the vulnerable family farmers will be crucial to improve food security and economic well-being.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

On March 21, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the government of the Central African Republic signed $8 million agreement to prevent a full-scale food crisis in Central African Republic. This emergency project is part of a $20 million programme to support food aid and agriculture production in this country.

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Director of the European External Action Service (EEAS) for the Horn of Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean, Koen Vervaeke, visited Namibia last week and invited President Hifikepunye Pohamba to participate in the upcoming EU-Africa Summit that will be held from April 2 to 3, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. He also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein and other senior government officials, civil society representatives, as well as representatives from key economic sectors, such as the agriculture and mining sectors.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Europe is the biggest spender on development aid worldwide but its policies are often inefficient, a recent study found. New coordinated development aid programs are aimed at cutting bureaucracy and costs. A recent research paper published by the Südwind Institute, a German NGO, has highlighted Europe's current lack of ability to coordinate development policy. "Particularly the traditional big donor countries, like Germany, see development aid as an extension of their own foreign policies, and in many cases, of their security policies," Pedro Morazan, a senior researcher with the organization told DW.

To date, little emphasis has been placed upon examining future trading relationships within the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. In general, economic theory suggests that the gains from trade are greater when a wider suite of countries is involved, and this is the fundamental basis of the multilateral liberalisation objectives of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). With the WTO currently stalled in its trade reform objectives, the question is raised as to whether or not trade liberalisation within BRICS may be an objective worth pursuing as this bloc represents a significant portion of the so-called ‘South-South’ trade.

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