To improve information sharing and promote networking, the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Pan-African Farmers’ Orgnaization (PAFO) will organise a high-level panel in Brussels on Tuesday 26 November 2013, in the context of the European Development Days. Various panelists will share their experiences and give their perspectives on the matter.
The South African poultry industry is requesting the government to impose an anti-dumping duty of 91% on Germany and the Netherlands, along with a similar duty of 58% on the UK, to prevent the dumping of frozen bone-in chicken portions in countries belonging to the Southern African Customs Union (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland).
Addressing the ministers and officials the European Union (EU) and the Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) countries at the 12th Joint Session of the Ministerial Trade Committee in Brussels, Mr Hauruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry of Ghana, assured that the Ghanaian government has been reducing the number of contaminants in foodstuffs and cocoa products in specific.
On 14 October, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), along with Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, published a report supporting that resilience efforts be made to increase worldwide food security.
In response to rapidly spreading strains of cassava disease, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) are calling for increased investments to prevent further crop damage. The cassava root is a key crop for both regional subsistence and trade.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged governments in developing countries to ban a toxic pesticide – already outlawed in the European Union – linked to the deaths of more than 20 children in India in the month of July alone.
In an interview with CTA Brussels following the Brussels Briefing on "Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system" - held in Brussels on 15th May 2013 -, Marie-Paule Rizo, Head of the Industrial Design and Geographical Indications Law Section at WIPO (The World Intellectual Property Organization) highlighted the key elements for establishing a successful scheme for protecting geographical indications and traditional products.
The European Commission is expected to accentuate the importance of the topic of food waste in 2014, as a follow-up of several high level events organised by the United Nations on the issue, and in the framework of the upcoming European Year against Food waste which will take place next year.
Resilience has three key elements: anticipation of shocks, adaptation, and integration - this is the view of the General Secretary of the Network of farmers’ and producers organization in West Africa (ROPPA), Kalilou Sylle, as presented in an interview with CTA Brussels on 13th June 2013.
A Roundtable discussion on Sustainable Agriculture as a means of increasing resilience emanating the vision of West-African farmers will be held on 13th of June in Brussels.