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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Special Event - Going the Last Mile: Accelerating Progress in Food Security and Nutrition

Organized by IFPRI; ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation(CTA); Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission (EC); HarvestPlus; Joint Research Centre of the EC (JRC)
Date & Time: June 14, 2016 - 9:00-17:30 CEST

Location: Espace Baudouin at the Palais des Académies, Rue Ducale 1 / Hertogstraat 1, Brussels Belgium

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (EC), HarvestPlus, and the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) will co-host an all-day workshop on "Going the Last Mile: Accelerating Progress in Food Security and Nutrition." The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium on the eve of the European Development Days and will focus on translating investments into action. The workshop program includes thematic sessions and moderated discussions on: Translating Analysis into Action, Scaling up Technologies, Delivering from Data, Enhancing Policy Performance & Going the Last Mile.

Source: ifpri.org

This year, the G7 summit will take place from 26 to 27 May in Ise-Shima (Japan). The European Union will be represented by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. The main topics on the agenda, as set out by this year's Japan presidency, are the global economy, investment, trade, the refugee crisis, climate change and energy, the fight against terrorism, foreign policy and development. Leaders will also discuss several global health policy issues, gender equality and women’s rights (...) Traditionally, a number of third country heads of state and government, as well as chairpersons of international organisations, are invited to participate in parts of the summit. From ASEAN member states, the heads of state and government of Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea are invited. In addition, the President of Chad – the current Chairperson of the African Union – and, from the international organisations, the chairpersons of the UN, OECD, ADB, IMF and the World Bank are invited. As the Ise-Shima summit is the first summit held in Asia in eight years, the Japanese hosts have indicated that the topic of one of the outreach meetings will focus on Asia. In another outreach session, participants will address the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on Africa.

Source: europa.eu

Friday, 27 May 2016

The Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) has launched an agricultural support scheme bankrolled by the European Union (EU) to enhance smallholder farmers' understanding of policy issues. The scheme seeks to benefit over 20 000 smallholder farmers in three selected provinces. It also seeks to encourage farmers' participation in policy related issues and increased dialogue on food and nutrition security development. The EU funded programme will be implemented in 10 selected districts in the country's three provinces, namely Mutasa, Nyanga and Buhera in Manicaland; Masvingo, Chivi and Mwenezi in Masvingo; and Kwekwe, Gokwe South and Shurugwi in the Midlands. ZFU chief economist, Prince Kuipa, said selected districts would be tasked with implementation of the programme in 10 wards. Kuipa said the initiative would strengthen farmers' understanding of complex policy issues in order to enable them to hold authorities accountable.

Source: allafrica.com

Monday, 23 May 2016

The European Union through Trade and Agriculture Support Programme (TASPII) has purchase packaging materials and equipment worth 2bn/- for the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) laboratory. This was announced in Dar es Salaam yesterday during packaging material producers, consumers and entrepreneurs meeting organized by the Coordinator of the Trade and Agriculture programme from the Ministry of Finance, Jonathan Mbuya. He said EU has released fund for the purchase of the equipment to enable TBS to cope with challenges facing packaging materials so that TBS can be in a better position to determine the quality and control the standards of the locally produced packaging materials (...) On his part, TBS official, Kezia Mbwambo said the intended output of the projects is increased security of the agricultural products especially among small scale farmers and other sub-sectors under the project (...) Furthermore, he affirmed that they will as well work on capacity building to small scale farmers on how they can tap the market by empowering them with skills on striving to produce standard goods especially in tea, coffee, cotton, horticulture and fish industries.

Source: allafrica.com

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Ethiopia is being hit hard by one the most severe El Niño phenomenon on record. Numbers speak for themselves – in the past year, the number of food insecure people has increased from 2.9 million to over 10 million at present, write Neven Mimica and Christos Stylianides.This is on top of the almost 8 million chronically food insecure people in the country (...) Since the winter of 2015, the EU has mobilised around €44 million of humanitarian aid to help the victims of El Niño in Ethiopia. In addition, we have just announced an additional €24 million to respond to emergency needs of over 730 000 refugees and some 400 000 Internally Displaced People.

Monday, 04 April 2016

The European Union (EU) will provide an initial FJ$ 10 million through the Pacific Community (SPC) to complement the Fijian Government's efforts in relief, recovery and rehabilitation following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The funds will immediately be made available from EU-SPC projects for communities and businesses in the most severely affected regions of Fiji. "The FJ$10M is a direct, practical short term response to the needs of Fijian citizens in the affected areas", says EU Ambassador for the Pacific Andrew Jacobs. "The EU and SPC have joined forces to identify other resources, whether it is through an existing joint programme or a new source that could be expedited and channelled towards re-building peoples' lives".

About 43,000 fruit and vegetable seedlings have been made available by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union (EU). This is to assist with Government’s nationwide disaster relief and recovery effort following Tropical Cyclone Winston. The seedlings, including cabbage, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum and papaya, are being provided by SPC-EU joint initiative, ‘Improvement of Key Services to Agriculture (IKSA)’ project. The Lautoka-based initiative was established in 2013 to help alleviate poverty for the most vulnerable groups, mainly famers in the sugarcane areas.

Friday, 11 March 2016

The partnership between India and Africa is rapidly evolving. India and Africa have tieup as key partners for the global food security with the change of global landscape for agriculture and food. According to India Inc, India’s experience benefits Africa’s agriculture as Africa’s farm sector estimated to grow to $1 trillion by 2030. A Didar Singh, the secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) said that India needs a renovation and look for consumers whereas the African continent offers one of the most unexploited markets, in a forward to a global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on agricultural partnership between India and the 54­nation.

Monday, 07 March 2016

On January 27, 2016, the Parliamentarian Committee on the Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation gathered to discuss three policy letters from Minister Lilianne Ploumen on international food security and food wastage. A lively debate on the current Dutch policy on food security was held where the role of knowledge for impact was acknowledged. Exportation of Dutch knowledge to improve food security was pinpointed as an important action for the Minister by many parties. The Minister stated that the Dutch efforts to export knowledge are indeed a priority in the new governmental policy they are working on, and promised various additional efforts to improve Dutch impact on food security.

The Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac) / IDS Utrecht University has conducted a scoping study on Dutch flower farms, land governance and local food security in eastern Africa within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). While earlier research focused mainly on evaluating the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of floriculture investments, there is still a significant knowledge gap on the land governance arrangements around the investments, and how the investments impact local food security.