On 8th October, artisanal fisher folk from the Indian Ocean region officially decided to create a federation for artisanal fisheries in order to assure sustainable and responsible development in the region. Wallace Cosgrow, Minister of Fish and Agriculture from the republic of Seychelles underscored the importance of the agreement in order to create better comprehension of the sector between key regional actors. This in turn will lead to better dialogue and harness their ability to speak with one voice and defend common interests. Comoros Islands, Seychelles. Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion Island are all part of the new federation. The Headquarters is in the Reunion Island and Seychelles holds the presidency.
The new Fairtrade Climate Standard is an add-on standard to Gold Standard certification of carbon emissions reductions and sustainable development benefits. The standard enables producers to improve their resilience to climate change, while also making their own contribution to reducing emissions. Additionally, producers receive a Fairtrade Premium for each credit sold: money to support them in the fight against the impacts of climate change in their communities.
The Brussels Briefing on ‘Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development’ took place on Thursday 17 September 2015 at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat. Five women: three from sub-Saharan Africa, one from the Caribbean and one from the Pacific region, gave fascinating accounts of starting and managing agribusinesses. They talked about the factors that had driven their success and the challenges they face. Read the stories: Lovin Kobusingye, Kati Farms, Uganda; Simone Zoundi, Sodepal, Burkina Faso; Alberta Vitale, Women in Business Inc., Samoa;Rosemund Benn, Pomeroon Women’s Agro-Processor Association, Guyana; and Tepsy Ntseoane, Eve’s Eden, South Africa.
An opportunity not to be missed takes place in Bridgetown, Barbados next month. Some 250 leaders, decision-makers and agrifood actors will be gathering for the first Caribbean and Pacific Agrifood Forum. A key event for both regions, the forum will be held from November 2 to 6, an action-packed week devoted to exploring how an agribusiness approach can drive rural development in small island states. Anyone wishing to participate in events at the Caribbean and Pacific Agrifood Forum, or find out more, should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow live the event at: #CPAF15
The Brussels Development Briefing on “Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development” took place on Thursday, 17 September 2015 at the ACP Secretariat. Women make essential contributions to agriculture and rural economic activities in ACP countries but still face limitations in integrating the agribusiness sector and upscaling their businesses. This briefing will look at successful business cases led by women entrepreneurs and analysing the drivers of success. All our resources are available online. Also, check out our twitter @CTAbrussels and video.
CTA, in collaboration with IFPRI, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission, PAFO organised a panel and launch the Sub-Saharan Africa Food Security Portal, on 16 September 2015, at the ACP Secretariat. Data has become a key asset for agricultural transformation in Africa. The availability of timely, relevant, and reliable data on the agriculture sector is necessary for effective planning, monitoring, and evaluation of agricultural and rural development policies and to increase the impact of field interventions. The Food Security Portal, facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), aims to provide improved food security for the world's poor and increased resilience of global food systems against food and financial crises. For all the resources, go to brusselsbriefings.net
The Ethiopian Horticulture Development Agency (EHDA) and COLEACP are teaming up to train extension workers. EHDA’s mission is to ensure the fast and sustainable growth of the Ethiopian horticulture export industry. It contributes to the development of the sector by providing support in the area of investment, capacity building of its participants and the promotion of local products on the markets. Within the framework of the COLEACP EDES program the skills of approximately 10 beneficiaries will be reinforced in the area of food quality and food safety.
European Union ambassador for the Pacific Andrew Jacobs said that the EU is working with the Fijian Government and also with governments in the Pacific where the Secretariat of the Pacific Community implemented agricultural programs. Mr Jacobs said they were trying to assist agriculture and finance ministries from across the Pacific to work together to ensure income from agriculture played an important role in sustainable development. Jacobs indicated that the program carried about €8.5million ($F20.64m) where it covered different countries in the Pacific to ensure agriculture played its part in generating income for a better future for everyone.
The EU believes in promoting better opportunities, security, development and better migration management in African countries of origin, such as Kenya. In fact, as announced by President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker on 9 September 2015, the EU is preparing to launch an Emergency Trust Fund of about €1.8 billion to address the root causes of instability in the countries of origin as well as to tackle illegal migration and displacement. One such project from this Emergency Trust Fund, with a budget of around €30 million, could be to provide socio-economic opportunities in Coastal Kenya (such as in the fisheries sector) where high poverty rates of up to 80% persist.
The European Union has been Rwanda's partner in different projects over the recent years. Recently, they sought to cement this relationship, giving over US60 million dollars for agriculture related projects, aid in governance, and support to meet electricity targets. Speaking at the signing, Finance Minister, Claver Gatete insisted that these amounts were not repayable, but a sign of good faith between the two parties.