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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

The European Union has signed a financing agreement of EC$18.35 million (€5.98 million) with the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines for a road management and rural road improvement programme.

Monday, 07 January 2019

At the High-level forum Africa-Europe 2018, the Task Force Rural Africa presented its recommendations for sustainable development and job creation in rural Africa.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

In Vienna today, the European Union and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (link is external)launched a new Agri-Business Capital fund worth €45 million. The Agri Business Capital Fund (ABC) will support smallholder agriculture by increasing access to finance for individual smallholder farmers.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Agriculture must be at the heart of the successor to the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and the ACP community, writes Michael Hailu Michael Hailu is the director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). As global business leaders gather in Morocco today (30 November) for the EU-Africa Business Summit to focus on economic relations between African countries and the European Union, it is timely to remember that by 2050, the world will have another two billion mouths to feed.

The European Union is mobilising an extra €108 million for social policies, security, good governance and access to electricity in Niger. This was announced by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, on the fringes of the Partner-donor coordination conference (link is external) organised by the G5 Sahel in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Friday, 07 December 2018

An EU agro-forestry programme known as Fuel Wood Balance has commenced distribution of 760,000 additional free tree seedlings in seven local governments in Katsina State. The project manager, Chris Udokang, said the gesture was to promote afforestation and environmental conservation.

Friday, 07 September 2018

Agriculture remains the main source of employment for the labour force in Africa. Nonetheless, low productivity, uncompetitive markets, weak rural infrastructure, among other factors, have reduced the opportunities for smallholders to feed themselves and earn an income from agriculture. Farmers’ organisations are fundamental in giving a voice to farmers and in supporting their integration in markets. Their influence on policy making, however, is still weak.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

African Farming, with endorsement from the Federal Government of Nigeria, is all set to organise the African Farming’s Agroinvestment Summit at the Tower Hotel London from 4 -5 June 2018, focusing on the growth of agriculture and agribusinesses across West Africa. Specifically designed to embrace a wide range of stakeholders like government officials, importers, distributors, agribusiness owners, C-level executives from food companies, trade union members and manufacturers and suppliers of agricultural equipment, machinery and services, the summit will create a cohesive platform for trade and investment opportunities for investors and buyers around the globe.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A major study by the Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) has highlighted how transforming agriculture can become a stimulus for economic development across the continent. The report, the second of its kind from the centre, was launched at a high-level event on 13 May during the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) annual Conference of Ministers in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Key findings were shared by the report’s authors with government officials, policy makers, analysts and business representatives.

A Ugandan and German team called ‘Agali Awamu’ has developed an ‘innovative and feasible’ solution for electricity and biogas supply in Uganda. The project was facilitated by the lab of tomorrow, an organisation run by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) formed to encourage ‘the private sector to engage in translating development challenges into business opportunities’.

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