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Saturday, 30 July 2016

The European Union will be directing more funds to the government for Post TC Winston Rehabilitation works. This was confirmed to FBC News by Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner. “For us this is an opportunity to help Fiji very quickly so first we redirect assisting funds and have worked with partners like with the Pacific Community and then we will mobilize additional funds and some of these went through humanitarian aid which also came in quickly and other is also more in longer terms.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) and Unilever announced a new partnership with leading non-governmental organizations to enhance the livelihoods of smallholder vetiver farmers in Haiti. The partnership, Vetiver Together, aims to sustainably improve food security, increase yields, and diversify income, while working to support women’s empowerment and environmental conservation. Let's reclall that Vetiver oil is a common ingredient in many fragrances and an important crop for Unilever, found in brands such as Axe and Impulse. Haiti produces some of the best vetiver in the world, and many farmers rely on cultivation of the root for their entire source of income.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Today, the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources with support from the European Union and Germany launched a 3.8 million euro project to support responsible agricultural investment in Ethiopia. According to a statement from the European Union office in Addis Abeba, the project will contribute to establish an accountable, conducive and transparent framework for socially and environmentally responsible and productive agricultural investments benefiting local communities and economies.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

What are the main challenges of Africa’s mechanization? Several unsuccessful efforts were made in the past, what is different now? From the colonial times, it was part of the Ministry of Agriculture’s role to provide services to farmers. African countries continued this, although it was heavily subsided by loans from the World Bank, and the whole process was getting very expensive and inefficient. There were public servants providing services for the mechanization sector. For instance, they stopped working at 17:00 on Friday, and therefore there were no services provided on Saturday morning.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Ministry of Agriculture has made an application for $15 million worth of assistance from the European Union for the non-sugar agriculture sector. This was revealed in parliament today by the Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu. Seruiratu says the European Union is providing $23 million for the agriculture sector and the Ministry is expecting to get three quarter of the allocation.

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Brussels Development Briefing n.45 on the subject of “Smart and Affordable farming solutions for Africa, the next driver for agricultural transformation” was held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 13th July 2016 at the Albert Borschette Congress Center, Room 1.A (Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels).  This Briefing was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission, the the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD, CEMA, Agricord and the PanAfrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO). We would like to thank our excellent panel, our audience and everyone who followed us online. Pictures and presentations can be found on the BB 45 webpage here: https://brusselsbriefings.net/2016/06/24/next-brussels-briefing-affordable-smart-farming-solutions-for-africa-the-next-driver-for-african-agriculture/

 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Projects under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN), an EU-backed G8 initiative to boost agriculture and relieve poverty by working with private companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, need to include environment protection measures and safeguards against land grabs, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They also called on the EU to address transparency and governance issues, to better target development goals. MEPs stressed that some features of the NAFSN could pose a threat to farmers' rights and the environment. To target development goals better, the EU must address some deficiencies, including transparency and governance, MEPs stressed.

Thursday, 07 July 2016

The European Union (EU) and the Samoan Government have signed a 20.2 million Euro/SAT 58 million in Water and Sanitation. This Financial agreement was signed by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi and the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development, Neven Mimica during the European Development Day summit in Brussels yesterday. European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mimica stated that the agreement would strengthen the cooperation with Samoa in water and sanitation.

The African Caribbean Pacific Group of Countries (ACP) has hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta for transforming Kenya, and specifically for putting in place a strong economic agenda that will ensure the country's sustained growth for years to come. The ACP Committee of Ambassadors Friday said they have been keenly following the progress the country is making in transforming its economy and the role it is playing in fostering regional integration.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Increasing intra-ACP and inter-ACP trade will boost the agricultural sector of the African Caribbean and the Pacific countries, says Roberto Ridolfi the director general of DEVCO of the European Commission. Mr Ridolfi joined other eminent speakers including the executive director of International Trade Centre Arancha Gonzalez, and Assistant Secretary General of ACP Secretariat Viwanou Gnassounou, who spoke in detail about how agriculture could assist countries to achieve sustainable development goals.

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