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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

CTA, in collaboration with IFPRI, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission, PAFO shall host a panel and launch the Sub-Saharan Africa Food Security Portal, on 16 September 2015, 9h30-13h00, at the ACP Secretariat, 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C. Register to attend the launch here.

Data has become a key asset for agricultural transformation in Africa. The availability of timely, relevant, and reliable data on the agriculture sector is necessary for effective planning, monitoring, and evaluation of agricultural and rural development policies and to increase the impact of field interventions. For more details, go to brusselsbriefings.net.

Friday, 11 September 2015

The Nigerian Federal Government has said key development partners under the New Alliance Cooperative Agreement Framework/Grow Africa initiative are committed to injecting $500million (N100billion) to Nigeria’s agricultural sector. It also stated that international and local business establishments were committed to make investments of about $4billion (N800billion) in the agricultural sector. The development partners include the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK), Japan, France, Germany and the United States (U.S).

As the biggest producer of food grains and horticulture crops, Africa can benefit from training and technology transfer from India. India currently imports pulses from Africa. At a recent meeting of diplomats, both sides exchanged views on future agricultural cooperation and collaboration.

Monday, 07 September 2015

A new report, which examines 74 Africa-EU food security research projects implemented between 1998 and 2014, shows that the number of hungry people in Africa increased from 175 million to 239 million between 2010 and 2012. According to CAAST-Net Plus - the EU-funded consortium that advances collaboration between Sub-Saharan Africa and the EU in research and innovation for global challenges - this situation requires effective global cooperation in science, technology and innovation. Judith Ann Francis, senior programme coordinator, science and technology policy at the Technical Centre for Rural and Agricultural Cooperation (CTA) is the lead author of the report which identifies  the gaps in the capacities and funding for Africa-Europe food security research collaborations.

Thursday, 03 September 2015

In recent years, Aflatoxin contamination in food grain and feed in Kenya has become a major health concern. However, Kenya recently approved the use of Aflasafe - a product that combats aflatoxin poisoning - by farmers. This decision is expected to have a major impact in the agricultural, public health and trade sectors. This builds on ongoing work by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, which already dedicated Ksh1.5 billion ($15 million) for aflatoxin mitigation in the country. The Pest Control Board approved the registration of Aflasafe, which was developed by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock research Organisation.

Julius Garvey, son of pioneering black rights activist Marcus Garvey, called for a greater emphasis on agriculture as the key to restructure the colonial economy and to strive for sustainable development. Using the example of breadfruit, Garvey noted how rich an diverse the local vegetable was: it is gluten-free, has a lower glycaemic index and it is nutritionally superior to wheat and with other measures will combat obesity and its derivative non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart-attacks and stroke. He noted that it could be a catalyst in reducing the regions high import bills and for diversifying exports.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

European dairy farmers have been protesting in light of the challenges facing milk producers at risk from falling milk prices. While oversupply in the EU market means cheaper milk for consumers, there is also concern that this would lead to more aggressive export policies towards developing and emerging countries. Sieta van Keimpema, Vice-President of the European Milk Board (EMB) noted, “the current system and the current policy have failed, plunging European dairy farmers into the abyss. (…) It is the same in every EU country. Putting the blame on individual countries or farmers is wrong, because they are all struggling with the same problem.” In the current situation where the volume produced in the market exceeds demand produces a negative effect on prices, many stakeholders strongly believe that  EU production must be adapted to counter the threat to dairy farmers’ livelihoods throughout Europe.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Guyana’s National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) Tissue Culture has received 3 banana and 9 plantain Black Sigatoka Disease (BSD) tolerant varieties from Bioversity International, Belgium and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria. NAREI shall analyse the varieties, of which the materials are currently being multiplied in vitro.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The European Union and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a new partnership agreement to boost food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and resilience in at least 35 countries. The new initiative consists of two linked five-year programmes: (i) The Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) facility, which will enhance the capacities of governments and regional administrations to improve food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture policies and better implement them. This will be done by providing policy assistance and capacity development support. (ii)  The Information for Nutrition Food Security and Resilience for Decision Making (INFORMED) programme will contribute to strengthening resilience to withstand food crises as a result of human-induced and natural disasters.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis delivered a keynote address to the open a high level conference in the EU Pavilion at EXPO Milan on food safety and nutrition in 2050. The first results of a two-phase foresight project were announced and they provided insight and guidance on future policymaking to preserve high standards of safe, nutritious, high quality and affordable food for EU consumers in the face of emerging challenges. The study identified the critical challenges to the EU food legislation and gave broad indications of potential impacts on food safety and nutrition policy areas towards 2050. It was underlined that the future of the global food chain will be largely determined by five major drivers: (i) population growth, demography, (ii)  availability and management of resources and the environment, (iii) innovation & technology, (iv) social attitudes and (v) public policy.