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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced that a new fisheries legislation aiming to ensure proper management of the country’s fisheries shall be heard in the country’s Parliament. The EU recently warned the Solomon Islands Government to improve its management of the fishery sector or risk losing access to the EU market. Prime Minister Sogavare said that the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources has been directed to take whatever steps are necessary to correct the problems. The EU is SolTuna’s most important export market totaling $266 million per annum by value.

Thursday, 05 February 2015

While the world is in a state of upheaval, with emerging countries increasingly adding to environmental and climate damage (according to the Global Carbon Project, China was responsible for 27% of CO2 emissions in 2013), the paths taken by developing countries, in particular those in Africa, will be decisive for the future of the planet. Whether it relates to energy, climate or the environment, Africa must commit itself to a long-term transformation and use the wealth that it carries within itself to convert limitations into opportunities.

François Hollande has announced his ambitions concerning the future of the famous tax on financial transactions, or the Tobin tax.  Objective: to take this political hydra out of a dead-end. And the reason: on 9 December, in Brussels, the eleven countries debating this tax as part of a "closer cooperation" at European level expressed their disagreement.  In Lima, precisely, the countries of the South – in particular the Africa Group, the Small Island States, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and Brazil – called for details on the financing channels for this fund, without success.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

A Ugandan-Italian consortium Simba Telecom/Building Energy SPA and the consortium of Access/TSK Electronica of United Arab Emirates and Spain will invest $38million in two Solar Power Energy projects in Eastern Uganda. The two consortium companies will generate 20MW of electricity, each generating 10MW in Soroti and Tororo districts in Eastern Uganda.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Forests are crucially important to climate change. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), “they have the potential to absorb about one-tenth of global carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century into their biomass, soils and products and store them – in principle in perpetuity”. By the same token, the FAO points out that where forests have been cleared, overused or degraded, they contribute about one-sixth of global carbon emissions. Clearly, then, it is in the interest of the planet as a whole that forests be preserved. This is, in part, why in November 2009 the government of Norway signed an agreement to provide the government of Guyana up to US$250M by 2015.

Monday, 12 January 2015

In contrast with their counterparts in the global north and Asia, many farmers in sub-Saharan Africa rely on manure rather than chemical fertilisers. But the organic alternative cannot meet the demand. In Europe, organic farming makes up only 5.4% of all agricultural land, according to Eurostat. Food and Agriculture Organisation data shows that, globally, less than 1% of agricultural land is farmed using organic methods. Organic fertiliser can help freshen up Africa’s ailing, rusty-red soils, but there is not enough land available to produce manure in sufficient quantities, says Professor Ken Giller, a soil scientist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Monday, 08 December 2014

On 02nd December 2014, the European Commission’s DG DevCo Info Point organised a lunchtime conference to present the new INFORM – Index for Risk Management New tool for shared risk analysis – platform. Ms. Denisa-Elena Ionete, Head of Unit of DevCo (07) Fragility and Crisis Management opened the conference highlighting the importance of INFORM, as the first global tool for managing and identifying risk. Ms. Julia Stewart-David Deputy Head of Unit of ECHO (A3) Policy and Implementation Frameworks and Ms. Hana Kolic Policy officer, ECHO (A3) co-presented the INFORM system.

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014

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

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.

 

The World Bank Group, United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and Nigeria's Dangote Farms have commenced a hybrid tomatoes production in project in Kano aimed at maximising the local content supply for tomato processors in the country, beginning with Dansa Holdings. President, Dansa Holdings, Sani Dangote, who spoke on the promises of the project said, "A viable tomato industry is one that has consistent supply, minimal waste, adequate support systems for farmers, favorable policies, and a robust and vibrant value chain." According to Dangote, the partnership with the various stakeholders in the industry will enable the firm "pull all the pieces together and unlock the full potential of the tomato industry; that way, Nigeria can reduce its heavy dependence on imports and boost agriculture in the country.