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Thursday, 19 October 2017
"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.
Friday, 30 October 2009
The 2970th Council meeting on General Affairs and External Relations held in Luxembourg on 26 October 2009 adopted a regulation revising the EU's eco-label scheme, replacing regulation 1980/2000/EC. The EU eco-label is designed to help consumers choose "green" products and services and can be awarded to the 10-20% most ecological products in each category.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
The EU should make payment of farm subsidies conditional on delivering good soil and water quality and encouraging farmers to diversify their output to include fuel and fibre products. The reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should consider food and environmental security together, argued Thierry de l'Escaille, secretary-general of the European Landowners Organisation. Speaking on Europe's role in world food security, de l'Escaille said CAP subsidies are necessary, but should be used as an incentive for farmers to deliver public goods, such as quality soil, water and air.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
At the 2966th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 19 and 20 October, the European Community and its Member States recognize that while agricultural commodity prices have decreased globally since their peak in mid-2008, they remain relatively high, especially in many developing countries, compared to the situation before 2005. The food crisis has had devastating effects on the poor and vulnerable, many of whom have been unable to secure access to adequate amounts of food.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
In his book «Vaincre la faim. Pour en finir avec l'inacceptable...» (Eradicating Hunger, Ending the Unacceptable) former Agriculture minister François Guillaume attacks the outrage of world hunger and presents a plan to mend the North-South divide. As an alternative to the free reign of market forces he advocates market regulation and organisation.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Honourable Ms. Nita Deerpalsing, Member of Parliament of Mauritius and Member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), is our guest this week. At the occasion of the JPA meeting held in Brussels, Ms. Deerpalsing shared with us the role, objectives and the functions of the JPA, a consultative assembly key in the EU-ACP cooperation. For two years, Ms. Deerpalsing is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment. From her point of view, the social impact of economic crisis and social and environmental consequences of climate change are two key issues which the ACP countries face. Mauritius in particular, although a relatively prosperous country with solid institutions, is prone to lose everything in extreme weather brought by climate change. While mitigation strategies and adaptation should be implemented, future development of less developed countries should be also sustainable. The global crisis has indeed a strong social impact in ACP countries, as today one billion people suffer hunger and therefore cannot contribute to the prosperity of their country.
Thursday, 22 October 2009

The 2009 World Food Day on 16 October is marked by an EU stronger than ever in its commitment to improve access to food around the world. With the commitment made at the G8 meeting in Aquila for more than € 2 billion, in addition to the 'EU €1 billion Food Facility', the EU is the world's biggest contributor to global food security.