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Sunday, 19 November 2017
The European Union is providing seed and fertiliser worth 15.4 million euros to small-scale Zimbabwean farmers to boost grain production, an EU diplomat said on Thursday.The EU, which maintains sanctions against Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle over charges of human rights abuses and electoral fraud, remains one of the country's largest donors, giving more than 510 million euros since 2002. The head of the European Commission in Zimbabwe, Xavier Marchal, told a meeting of agricultural experts and donors assessing the preparations for the farming season that the EU facility was aimed at improving household food security.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Consumers want fresh, safe and good-quality food. But how can producers consistently meet their demands? Researchers in Germany have developed a new system based on metal-oxide sensor technology that could check food quality and safety in a quick yet cost-effective and reliable way.

Tuesday, 06 October 2009

The JPA will be holding its 4th Regional Meeting (West Africa) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 28 to 30 October 2009. The meeting will be chaired jointly by the two JPA Co-Presidents and will bring together 16 JPA parliamentarians from the West African region and 16 MEPs. The main issues to be discussed include the regional integration process, the EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement, climate change, political stability and security, and the impact of the global food and financial crisis on the region.

Monday, 05 October 2009
The French food agency AFSSA challenges UK's FSA, concluding in a new study that organic fruit and vegetable have higher nutritional benefits than conventional food. The review, published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development on the basis of data compiled for the French food agency AFSSA, opposes to what stressed in a review of 160 studies commissioned by the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) - that there is no evidence of nutritional superiority of organic food - which caused some controversy in the sector.
Monday, 28 September 2009

EU policies are more coherent and positive for development in poor countries. In the recently adopted EU Report on Policy Coherence for Development, the European Commission shows that development concerns have been integrated in all the 12 policy areas which have an impact on poor countries. In the areas of research, energy and environment, EU policies have been particularly positive for developing countries.

After the minimization of the value of organic and of ham sandwiches' cancer risk, the British Food Standards Agency (FSA) also opens to genetically modified products, by stressing in a report the higher costs faced by large supermarket chains in finding non-GM sources of supply, as producers worldwide increasingly adopt GM technology.
According to a report by Farm Futures, there is an increased amount of US beef which will go to the European Union as a result of a duty-free, high quality beef quota agreement. United States Meat Export Federation expert, Thad Lively has said that the lack of grain-fed beef in the market creates a big opportunity, according to the report. Mr Lively added that the quota will provide the opportunity to the highest value end of the market. A deal has been established which states that the EU’s 20% tariff is eliminated and because of this, according to Lively, there is an expectation that over the coming three to five years, the US will be providing approximately 70,000 metric tonnes of beef per year to the EU.
Monday, 21 September 2009
A new International Fairtrade Towns website has been launched on July 14 by the Fairtrade Foundation with partners across Europe. The new website is aimed at connecting nearly 700 Fairtrade towns in 18 countries, by combining information about the history of Fairtrade Towns internationally, a Google map, the latest news and events, as well as downloadable resources and tools. An interactive social networking section is to be present, where campaigners can share ideas through forums and discussion groups. It's currently available in eight languages and is part of a three-year European Union funded Fairtrade Towns in Europe project launched in 2007.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
The European Union has pressurised Ghana to sign an economic partnership agreement (EPA) despite civil society concerns being raised about the detrimental effects further trade liberalisation will have on development in the West African country. IPS’s Francis Kokutse fired some questions at Dick Naezer, head of the macro-economic trade section of the European Union delegation in Ghana, to understand why he directed this call at Ghana’s government.
"Food Matters: One Year On” has just been published by the United Kingdom's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (UK DEFRA). The report updates the UK government's efforts on food policy as it relates to health, food safety, the economy, and the environment. It also identifies priorities for the next 12 months. One of the initiatives implemented includes the creation of a Council of Food Policy Advisers to provide advice on the practical measures government should take to create a healthy, sustainable food system.