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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Europe is at last fully converted to the merits of boosting investment in order to achieve sustainable growth. The EU is doing so with an internal investment plan (commonly referred to as the Juncker Plan or as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), writes San Bilal. San Bilal is the Head of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) Economic Transformation and Trade Programme. In his State of the Union address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the doubling of its duration and its amount, to at least €500 billion.

Friday, 23 September 2016

The next Brussels Development Briefing n.46 on the subject of “Agribusiness development in SIDs: the potential of tourism-related markets” will be held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 21st September 2016 at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels). This Briefing will be organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

A project aiming to increase cooperation between Europe and Africa in the agricultural sector will end on September 10 in Accra, Ghana. The project, AGRO - Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship for Young Workers in Africa and Europe, began in Modica in July 2015. The initiative was financed by the European Erasmus program and Key Action 2 "Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Capacity Building in the field of youth". Over 100 youths from the two continents took part, which sought to increase the skills of young workers, who hold much potential for EU partner countries.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The next Brussels Development Briefing n.46 on the subject of “Agribusiness development in SIDs: the potential of tourism-related markets” will be held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 21st September 2016 at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels). This Briefing will be organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat.

Thursday, 08 September 2016

SIDA, the Swedish aid agency, is paying for Energy 4 Impact to roll out a new off-grid renewable energy support programme in Rwanda. The programme started in July and ends in June 2019. According to a release, it is designed to support government priorities to reduce poverty and increase energy access in rural areas. The Rwanda government targets to increase access to electricity to 70% by 2018 out of which 22% will be through off grid connections. As off now, off grid connections account for less than 2%

Wednesday, 07 September 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, 02 September 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

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Netherlands has affirmed that it would continue focusing on providing Tanzania with knowledge and skills on priority sector of agriculture and food security in helping the country's transformation. Deputy Head of Mission, Ms Hinke Nauta, said in Dar es Salaam recently that the agriculture and food security gained more attention because the Netherlands and Tanzania have longstanding cooperation on the sector. She noted this at the Embassy in Dar es Salaam during the farewell part for 50 Tanzanians who have been selected under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) to go for studies in Netherlands.

The German government has made available 1.2 million euros (about 1.4 million US dollars) to support households affected by drought in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane. According to a German embassy press release, this sum will be managed by two non-governmental organisations, namely CARE and Welthungerhilfe (German Agrarian Action). “The German government has provided CARE and Welthungerhilfe with 700,000 euros and 500,000 euros, respectively, to support the neediest households in Inhambane”, announced the release.

The European Commission says it's adopted its highest ever humanitarian aid budget to date, totalling 1.1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) for 2016. Conflict and the related refugee crises have prompted the increase. Announcing a 20-percent hike in the bloc's aid budget on Friday, the European Commission said around 40 percent of its 1.1 billion euros in proposed funding - or 445 million euros - will go to the victims of the Syrian crisis. "The tragic images of children from Aleppo sadly show all too clearly the real human suffering of millions of people around the world caught up in humanitarian crises," a joint statement from EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU aid commissioner Christos Stylianides said.

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