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Wednesday, 26 July 2017
CTA in partnership with the European Commission-DG Development and EuropeAid, the EU Presidency, the ACP Secretariat, Euforic, IPS Europe and Concord organizes bimonthly Development Briefings in Brussels to raise awareness on key rural development issues with the development community based in Brussels. The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 9th December  and will discuss "From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity" in the context of the new EC policy on Food security to be released. The Briefing will be looking at the domino effects of increased speculation in food markets (How has the global food and financial crisis affected food production and distribution and the food security of the poorest? Is global food production at risk in the medium and long term and will national food security and food sovereignty be the priority over global food availability?  Is the small-scale farming more effective and resilient in times of crisis in least-developed countries?) and the on what realistic policy options can secure food supply and availability at global and local levels.  The meeting will be held on 9th December at Berlaymont from 8h30 to 13h00. You can view outcomes of previous meetings at http://brusselsbriefings.net. For registration please contact: boto@cta.int or pruna@cta.int
The 2974th External Relations Council meeting held in Brussels on 17 November 2009 discussed policy coherence for development and adopted conclusions on this issue. Although progress has been made in improving policy coherence for development (PCD) within the EU, further work is needed to set up a more focused, operational and results-oriented approach. This includes strengthening dialogue with partner countries in order to make progress at all levels and in all relevant sectors. The conclusions identify five priority issues where the EU will take account of development objectives in a more pro-active way as part of a more focused approach to PCD: trade and finance, climate change, food security, migration and the security and development nexus. It is understood that these priorities may evolve over the years.
European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Karel De Gucht, will today call upon EU Member States to work better together to ensure that more than 3 billion euros of aid can avoid being wasted every year. A European approach to development aid could bring massive 'savings', he'll warn, through more effective management of aid policy, actions and projects – savings which must then be reinvested in better development.
Friday, 20 November 2009
The first exchange of views on the post-2013 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) last week showed that the European Parliament may well use its new powers to block any significant budget cuts for the policy. If EU farm policy is to address important new demands, including food security, biodiversity and water management, then "it is a paradox" that the Commission plans a significant reduction in resources, said the Italian chair of the Parliament's agriculture committee, Paolo De Castro, speaking at a workshop on the CAP's future after 2013 on 10 November. His comments follow the leak to the press late last month of a Commission draft paper hinting at substantial cuts to the CAP's share in the bloc's long-term budget.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Mr Jean-Philippe Rapp, Director of the International Media North South Forum, is our guest. On the occasion of his participation in the Brussels Development Briefing on the importance of media in the development of ACP countries, Mr. Rapp presented to us the International Media North South Forum, which for 25 years now provides a platform to discuss development issues at the global level and the main future challenges amongst television, radio and print media specialists. After being debated in September in Geneva, Switzerland, the theme of hunger is again the focus of discussions at the next International Forum on North-South Media which should be held in 2010 in Burkina Faso.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
For the first time since the Commitment to Development Index was published in 2003, Sweden ranks first in the annual assessment of wealthy countries' policies that boost prosperity in the developing world. Index architect David Roodman released the 2009 rankings at the European Development Days in Stockholm on October 22.
"Safeguards and trade remedies in the SADC and ESA Economic Partnership Agreements" is a new working paper released by Prof. Gerhard Erasmus. This paper discusses the “Trade Defence Instruments” in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) currently being negotiated between the European Union, on the one hand, and different configurations of ACP countries on the other.
Monday, 09 November 2009
Experts say the Horn of Africa already faces a chronic food shortage which, without an adequate international response, could lead to a humanitarian crisis. The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is today responding to this crisis by announcing £39 million more in humanitarian assistance for the Horn of Africa. £30 million will go to Ethiopia where which faces a very real threat of food shortages.  Around 14 million people – around one in six – struggle to feed themselves. The funding is additional to £24 million emergency support already provided to Ethiopia in 2009. An extra £9 million is being provided to help people in Kenya and Somalia.
Wednesday, 04 November 2009
The regional meeting of West African states is pursuing the ACP Fish II Programme, the overall objective of which is to promote fair and sustainable management of fishing grounds with a view to reducing poverty and increasing food security in the ACP countries.The press release containing this information explains that the programme, which was launched in June 2009, will extend over a period of four and a half years ending in November 2013. It emphasizes the fact that ACP Fish II is a decentralised programme and will be managed on a regional basis by Regional Facilitation Units (RFUs) located in Senegal, Gabon, Uganda, Mozambique, Belize and the Solomon Islands, each one of which will serve a number of ACP countries.
Tuesday, 03 November 2009
Dr Paul Engel, Director of ECDPM, is our guest. ECDPM is a Center established in 1986 as an independent foundation to promote ACP-EU cooperation, ECDPM facilitates improved international cooperation between the EU and its Southern partners in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, based in Maastricht (The Netherlands). On the occasion of his participation in the Brussels Development Briefing on opportunities for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries, Mr. Engel tells of ECDPM, particularly the role played by the Center on a series of arguments all very current: trade, regional integration, governance and research. Mr. Engel also expressed his views on a very important issue in the current policy agenda: the Policy Coherence for Development.