There is concern in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula where six agricultural cooperatives are receiving loans from a Nongovernmental Organisation (NGO) for production and marketing. However the very high interest rates have received the attention of local media. The loans, which are approximately $39,500 come from the Mozambican Association for the Promotion of Modern Cooperatives or AMPCM, in partnership the a Norwegian development agency, Norges Vel/ Royal Norwegian Society for Development. Natalino Barnete, coordinator of the cooperatives for northern Mozambique, explained that the money was distributed on the basis of the needs presented in the business plan of each of the cooperatives and that if the loans were repaid in time, this would create a favorable environment for other organizations. The cooperatives must repay the money within seven months at an interest rate of 12.5%.
The 'Addis Tax Initiative' is a new joint initiative of developed and developing countries, which aims to avoid the negative spill-over effects of domestic revenue policies and to improve domestic public finance in developing countries. It was formally launched at the Third International Financing for Development Conference. In his speech on International Support to Domestic Resource Mobilisation, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica underlined that "effective domestic revenue mobilisation is a powerful driver and a prerequisite for good governance and economic growth".
Françoise Moreau, Head of Unit, DG DEVCO Unit D4, Africa-EU Partnership and African Peace Facility introduced the African-European TIGER partnership, which was launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2002. It aims to develop the local capacity in Africa for sustainable water resource management through best use of satellite derived information. Moreau explained that the Space troika meetings between African Union and European Commission allows for dialogue on the benefits of satellite assisted water management for poverty reduction. She empahsised the importance of Global monitoring for environment and security (GMES) to ensure that data can have a positive impact on lives – this is key to development cooperation.
The draft opinion on the possible extension of geographical indication (GI) protection of the EU to non-agricultural products, including raw materials has been made public. The European Parliament’s draft opinion on the subject explains that the EP “takes the view that extending the scope of the geographical indication protection system to cover non-agricultural products could help to make the EU’s position on GIs still stronger and more cogent, both in bilateral trade negotiations and in multilateral forums, the ultimate aim being to provide a high level of protection for all high-quality European products outside the EU.”Furthermore, it also recognises that non-agricultural GIs should have the same system of registration and monitoring of agri/food products. In sum, it underscores a shift to a more holistic and regulated approach to a broader-scope of GIs in the EU’s internal market, and thereafter in international trade.
Roberto Ridolfi, Director for sustainable growth and development at the European commission's DG DevCo – EuropeAid explains the new flagship 'EU biodiversity for life' (B4LIFE) initiative, which brings together all EU cooperation activities in the area of biodiversity and ecosystems under the same umbrella framework. The B4LIFE programme aims to contribute to socioeconomic development and the eradication of poverty. Currently, 70% of the world's poor live in rural areas, depending directly on biodiversity and ecosystems for their subsistence. These ecosystem services provide livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, enable access to water and to health and contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) has pledged to continue its commitment to the non-sugar sector farmers in Fiji and has announced that it is grateful to the European Union’s recognition of its contribution to agriculture. FCLC’s Executive Chairman Simon Cole made the comment in response to a speech by Xavier Canton-Lamousse at a livestock workshop financed by the European Union in which he recognized FCLC’s impressive results, within only two years of its existence. FCLC has 6500 registered farmers, and has brought a number of associations under one banner: including food crops and livestock associations, Pig, Dairy, Beef, Sheep/Goat, Root Crop, Ginger, Kava, Honey, Fruit, Salad Vegetables and Coconut Associations, as well as Food Processors.
Spain, Italy, Portugal will be among several countries, including Cuba, Sao Tome and Principe and Senegal exhibiting their products at the 3rd edition of the International Cabo Verde Agribusiness Fair (FIA-Cape Verde).The Cabo Verde Ministry of Rural Development expects 115 exhibitors, more than twice the first edition, which had just over 50. This year’s motto is “Adding value, transforming and internationalizing.” The Ministry of Rural Development also said it wanted the 3rd edition of the fair to be an ideal opportunity for business deals and contacts and also “an opportunity for companies to promote their products and/or services, focusing on methods, technologies and procedures that add value.”
Despite the goal to achieve a sustainable long term impact, the reality of the aid business is that organizations work within limited time frames dictated by the project. This article by Oxfam interrogates how to address the long term impacts in development proects. One suggestion is to complete an effectiveness review, but even some experts recognize that the practical challenges can be much bigger than expected. Another contribution suggests greater coordination is needed with historians and anthropologists, as well as greater inclusion of local organizations, as opposed to international donors who may come and go. Additionally, after the closure of certain projects there is often no follow-up on the long term sustainability of the project goals.
Angonabeiro, an Angolan company of Portuguese group Nabeiro, will invest US$1 billion in the purchase of the entire share capital of Angolan state coffee company Liangol. José Carlos Beato managing director of Angonabeiro explained, “The Nabeiro group came to Angola in 2000, at the invitation of the Angolan government, with a view to revitalising the coffee industry, which included the recovery of a factory. This was done and we were in Angola under a management contract [of the old Liangol], but there was the prospect that the asset would be privatised one day and that’s what happened.”
The European Union and Namibia have wrapped up negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and are expected to sign the agreement later this year as the EU builds on its involvement with Namibia. Ambassador Raúl Fuentes Milani Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia said that this “’pens a new page in economic relations (…) Our focal sectors will be the support to early childhood development and pre-primary education in Namibia, and the rural economy, more particular the livestock value chain in communal lands,” said Milani, adding that the National Indicative Plan would also support civil society.