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Sunday, 19 November 2017

For the first time, EU Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potočnik will pay an official visit to the African Union and Kenya. From 7 to 9 September, he will hold high-level political meetings and will visit EU-supported research centres in Nairobi (Kenya) and in Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia). This visit takes place in the framework of the Science & Technology Partnership established between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) in December 2007.

Monday, 07 September 2009
The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held in Brussels on 23rd September 2009 from 8h30 to 13h00 on “Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: What opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?” (Venue: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Rue Froissart 36, Room 1D). This Briefing will discuss the effects of the financial and food crisis on enterprises in developing countries and also the opportunities this can provide to link local SMEs to global economies. Experts will also discuss investment programmes needed to support SMEs in order to promote growth and investments, upgrade and upscale SMEs to reach regional and exports markets. This session will also share concrete examples of SMEs being successful by boosting innovation and technology, processing, value-addition, infrastructure upgrading.
Friday, 04 September 2009
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the European Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU), on August 24th, committing euro 5.9 million  to a food facility initiative, in keeping with the Government's food security programme. The MoU was signed by Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; Head of the EC's Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi Alemanni; and FAO representative to Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Dunstan Campbell. The signing took place at the Ministry in Kingston.
Friday, 04 September 2009
This report produced by Concord forms part of the work being undertaken by European development NGOs to monitor and advocate on European aid. It reports that some of the countries deliver aid based on their own priorities and not those of the poor while addressing the symptoms and not the causes - and yet they deliver the majority of the global aid flows. It adds that evidence shows that when aid is delivered well, it has been crucial in improving living conditions of the poor in developing countries.
The Europeans are mounting pressure on African countries to sign the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). But experts have warned against it. They argued that it favours Europe only and that economic development in Africa must be allowed to kick-off out of internal evolution. But the news filtering out is that the West African sub continent is about to sign the deal.
Tuesday, 01 September 2009

The European Commission has today formally approved the Annual Action Programme 2009 for the United Republic of Tanzania providing the country with € 385 million in assistance for budget support and infrastructure programmes that will enable pro-poor economic growth.

The European Commission has allocated €9 million to safeguard access to food for vulnerable people affected by the breakdown of essential services in Zimbabwe. The funds will be channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Karel De Gucht.
Source: European Commission
French farmers have refused the government's call to pay back €330 million of state aid distributed to fruit and vegetable producers between 1992 to 2002 and later ruled illegal by the European Commission.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
On 1st July 2009, 70 experts attended the 12th Brussels Development Briefing organised by the CTA and its partners on "The Role of Livestock for ACP countries: challenges and opportunities ahead”. This Briefing discussed key issues on livestock for ACP countries and reviewed the role of livestock for ACP economies and the drivers of change. For further information (including presentations and interviews): http://www.brusselsbriefings.net.
Thursday, 09 July 2009
Governments are misusing EU rural development funds by channelling money to farm lobbies rather than using it for projects to improve biodiversity, argues a global alliance of national conservation NGOs in a new study. We have shown that there is a lot of abuse going on, and member states are clearly favouring certain farm lobbies rather than environmental benefits", aid Ariel Brunner, BirdLife International's senior EU agriculture policy officer, lamenting that national governments are failing to grasp the environmental opportunities provided by the EU's Rural Development Policy . A BirdLife study published on 7 May, reviews the potential effects on biodiversity of the EU's rural development programmes 2007-2013, and presents a range of best and worst-practice case studies.
Source: Euractiv