A rice paddy field of 2.500 newly developed hectares in M’Bewani, in the Niger Office area, was water-filled during a ceremony presided over by the Malian Prime Minister, Oumar Tatam Ly. The European Union provided funding of 11.2 billion FCFA for this project which brings the total of irrigated areas with total water control in the Niger Office to 110.000 hectares. This European aid is part of the cooperation program to provide technical assistance in the areas of water management and development maintenance. The European Union also granted 28 million Euros towards local irrigation in the regions of Sikasso and Koulikoro.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) revealed the results of their joint work to develop targets and indicators for a new global development paradigm for sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. This is a critical contribution to the ongoing intergovernmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda which will follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
On the 2nd April 2014, The Commission announced the EU will increase to EUR 200 million a year the budget for the promotion of food products and will be aiming at targeting non-European consumers. Following an agreement between the European institutions, the EU will also finance, under certain conditions, the promotion of processed products, including wine, beer and pastry products.
As the world's largest agri-food market, the EU has ability to take a 'proactive' approach in coordination of global food policies, writes Paolo De Castro. According to him, food security has gained a renewed centrality in the political agenda since the peak in food prices in 2008. There was an implicit recognition that a more sophisticated policy coordination at global level is needed to meet the new challenges in the food supply scenario.
A new programme worth €33 million to improve land governance and help improve the food and nutrition security of family farmers and vulnerable communities in Sub Saharan Africa, was announced today by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This will be done, among other things, through the application, at country level, of some Voluntary Guidelines set up by the international community in 2012 to improve land governance.
The European Union and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have had a steadfast and generous partnership in promoting sustainable rural development to improve the lives of the poor for over ten years. The EU is the biggest donor to the FAO, contributing US$1.2 billion to FAO’s field programme from 2008-2013. New projects signed between the EU and FAO in 2013 alone amounted to nearly US$ 200 million, of which 87% are funded through the EU’s delegations.
FAO calls for action to accelerate economic transformation and development in Africa – Despite significant economic progress and agricultural successes, Africa remains the world’s most food-insecure continent, with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes and high rates of malnutrition. FAO has urged African Ministers of Agriculture to take action in priority areas in order to encourage increased investment and broad-based transformation in support of smallholder farmers, including young people and women in rural areas.
Because of its alleged harmful effects, palm oil has become a topic for discussion in the West, but has now received a word of support from Catherine Procaccia, senator for Val-de-Marne, who is criticising the campaign to cast the oil in a bad light.In an interview with the Clinical Research Institute, the Senator declares that the crusade launched against this oil is likely in the long term to be to France’s detriment.
The European Parliament rejected on 12 March 2014 the European Commission's proposed definition of nanomaterials added to food products. Voting at the Assembly's plenary session in Strasbourg, lawmakers decided that the proposed definition would have exempted foods containing nanomaterial additives that are already on the market from being labelled as such. By allowing the word "nano" in brackets on the labels, this would confuse consumers and suggest that these additives are new, which would therefore make them “erroneous and irrelevant,” the MEPs said.
United Kingdom gave $13.7 million to FAO's emergency operations to help conflict-affected families in South Sudan restore their agriculture-based livelihoods.