EU will continue the fight against malaria, European development commissioner Andris Piebalgs said on the occasion of the world malaria day, celebrated this year on April 25.
Watch the interview with Christian Borgermeister, Director General of ICIPE - a pan-African research organisation focused on tropical insect science – to find out more about the way the two technologies that they have developed with support from the EU could dramatically improve the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the standard of living of East-Africa pastoralists.
A new tsetse repellent technology, developed through a partnership between ICIPE – an independent research center based in Nairobi (Kenya) and the EU, reduces tsetse bites by more than 90% and has the potential to considerable increase the standard of living of East-Africa pastoralists.
A new policy, which aims to improve the nutrition of mothers and children in order to reduce mortality and diseases, was launched Wednesday March 13.
The new policy is set out in the Communication “Enhancing Maternal and Child Nutrition in external assistance: an EU policy framework”, and aims to reduce the number of children under five years of age who are stunted (with a low height for their age and impaired mental development) by at least 10% (7 million) by 2025.
Organisers of a European Citizens’ Initiative that seeks to halt sales of public water utilities say they have gathered one million signatures from across Europe, becoming the first such group to do so since the grass-roots efforts were launched last spring.
The relatively small sum for EU development aid to finance family planning services in poor nations has sparked an outgoing debate over how European aid money is spent.
EU Parliaments Greens have launched on Tuesday 22 January a campaign aimed at preventing the negative impacts of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on bees, food products and the livelihood of beekeepers.
Since 2007, the European Commission has invested €4 billion in 48 developing countries in the effort to improve levels of illiteracy, enabling 9 million pupils to enrol in school and 720 000 primary teachers to receive training.
The European Commission and Save the Children agreed to join forces and speed up the fight against child hunger and under-nutrition, with the purpose of reducing the number of children who are stunted by at least 7 million by 2025.
Council of the EU:
- 16 January: COREPER I
- 17 January: COREPER II
- 18 January: COREPER I
- 14-17 January: European Parliament Plenary Meeting
- 14 January: Committee of Ambassadors
- 15 January: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
- 16 January: W/G on Fisheries
- 17 January: Committee of Ambassadors
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