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Sunday, 19 November 2017

With India-Africa trade turnover standing at $70 billion, India is now looking for inward investments from Africa, a senior official said on Tuesday. “Total trade turnover between India and Africa is $70 billion,” Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a curtainraiser here of the “I for Afrika” business networking event. “We are not only looking at investing in Africa, we are also looking at African investments in India,” Sinha said. Organised by the Indo-African Chamber of Commerce (IACCI), the eighth edition of “I for Afrika” is also supported by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce and will be held in Mumbai from September 27 to 30.

Japan is expected to use the sixth Tokyo International Conference of Africa's Development slated for Nairobi, Kenya this week to boost trade relations between the nation and the continent at a time when it is trailing behind its Asian peers. According to data released Monday by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), while Japan's monthly exports to Kenya average 67.4 million U.S. dollars, India ships into the East African nation goods worth 193 million dollars and China's exports stand at 233 million dollars.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI), has introduced master training programme (MTP) for the promotion of cashew value chains in Africa. The programme, which seeks to create a pool of qualified experts along the cashew value chain to facilitate knowledge exchange, learning and innovation within the cashew sector in West Africa and beyond, is also to sustain its support for Ghana’s cashew industry. Mr Fredrick Yaw Alipui, Policy Advisor at the Ministry, said this during the the opening ceremony of the second session of the third edition of the Master Training Programme (MTP3/2) on cashew value chain promotion on Monday in Sunyani.

The private sector and development partners have so far committed $1.7billion for the development of agriculture in the country under the New Alliance and Grow Africa Partnerships. The partnership was an initiative of G8 Summit at L’Aquila, Italy, which was formed to support Africa’s effort towards food and nutrition security. Essentially, it is a partnerships agreement between the government, private sector and development partners on targeted actions needed to promote agriculture investment and consequently food and nutrition security in Nigeria.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum: Linking The Agrifood Sector to the local markets for economic growth and improved food and nutrition security

Organised by PIPSO, CTA, IFAD and SPC

Apia, Samoa, 29th August – 2nd September 2016

Friday, 12 August 2016

2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum: Linking The Agrifood Sector to the local markets for economic growth and improved food and nutrition security

Organised by PIPSO, CTA, IFAD and SPC

Apia, Samoa, 29th August – 2nd September 2016

At a time when countries across the Caribbean are faced with economic challenges, innovation in one of its prime sectors – the fisheries and aquaculture sector – can spur the kind of growth needed to help buttress the regional economy. But this kind of change won’t come overnight. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is working with Member States from around the region, as they prepare to take the first steps in converting fish waste to fish wealth – a change which could multiply earnings from the sector.

Thursday, 04 August 2016

The coastal and inland fisheries, tropical climate and fertile soils of South Pacific nations support the production of fresh ingredients that are healthy, nutritious and vitamin rich. Although traditional Pacific cuisine based on these fresh local ingredients is alive and well in the homes of Pacific Islanders, much of the food served in the tourism industry is imported and fails to deliver an authentic South Pacific cuisine experience to visitors. Many Pacific tourism menus are based on Western-style dishes which require the importation of significant amounts of food from overseas (estimated to comprise up to 80-90% of food consumed in some tourism operations for example).

Wednesday, 03 August 2016

In 2001 and 2008 the Asian Development Bank undertook studies to quantify benefits from the fisheries sectors of Pacific Island countries. Summaries of those studies are provided in Appendix 1 of the present book. In February 2014 discussions between the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) resulted in an agreement to sponsor an update of the earlier publications. A consultant was retained and the fieldwork to collect information began in early August 2014, and was completed in early November.

Fiji's ginger industry is expected to get a timely boost from the cooperation between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The authority said the two organisations were working to improve and enhance the $12 million fresh ginger export pathway to Australia to ensure that the Fijian fresh ginger exported to Australia was pest free.