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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Namibian organic farmer Manjo Smith has been elected vice president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) at the just ended organisation's general assembly in Istanbul, Turkey. Smith is the Chairperson of the Namibia National Association of Horticultural Producers (NAHOP), and owner of Greenspot Organics in Okahandja. IFOAM is an international umbrella organisation for the organic world, uniting close to 800 affiliates in 118 countries.

Disaster management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The funds are expected to support the strengthening of National Disaster Offices and CDEMA in the implementation of the 2014-2024 Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy, the agency said in a release Friday.

The region’s fisheries stakeholders to deepen their understanding of the “blue growth concept” at a two-day workshop in St. George’s, Grenada under the theme, “Investing in Blue Economic Growth” on November 20-21, 2014.   The Blue Growth Concept is mainly concerned about how to generate economic growth from the living resources in the oceans and seas.   The Blue Growth seeks to achieve growth by sustainable use and conservation of aquatic renewable resources in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and on the high seas, in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Monday, 24 November 2014

In the wake of the signing of a forest conservation agreement between the Government of Liberia and the European Union through the Government of Norway, where the country stands to benefit US$150 million in exchange for protecting its forest, the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority says the agreement is not against legal logging activities in the country.Harrison Karnwea in an interview with FrontPageAfrica said the agreement is intended to protect the Liberian forest against illegal logging activities, but under the terms of the agreement logs from legal sources with logging companies in compliance with laws will be permitted for export. 

Friday, 21 November 2014

On the initiative of the Economic Community of Central African States and with the support of the European Union, this conference will address in particular the enhancement of forest ecosystems. On 27-30 October, the General Secretariat of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) is organising the Conference of Ministers on the Green Economy Fund in Central Africa and the structural transformation of the economy of natural resources in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), in collaboration with the Congolese government. This conference on the theme of “Diplomacy-Integration-Governance and a new timber industry” is financed by the European Union (EU) with the technical support of the European Forestry Institute (EFI) and also falls within the scope of the activities of the ECOFAC V programme (fragile ecosystems of Central Africa) and those of the Regional FLEGT Unit and the System of the Green Economy in Central Africa (SEVAC), set up in 2010 by the ECCAS General Secretariat.