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Friday, 09 October 2015

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan shared his vision of how the EU and developing countries could greatly improve global food security together, through innovation and sustainable farming practices. In Europe "family farms" refers to agricultural holdings where most or all family members, including women, will contribute in a variety of vital ways. The Commission is putting its money into supporting sustainable farming practices in developing countries, focusing on smallholder agriculture and women farmers, the formation of farmers' organisations, the supply and marketing chain, and responsible private agribusiness investment. In this regard, targeting women has been a particular priority, given their traditionally central role in smallholdings.

Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture participates with a number of Dutch companies and knowledge institutes in the SMART (Smart Adaptive Sustainable Horticulture) programme,w hich focuses on greenhouse cultivation systems at different levels of technology in Rwanda and South Africa. Thus far, Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture has provided training together with companies Rijk Zwaan and Koppert at the RwandaBest Company. Protected horticulture in Rwanda is currently at a relatively low level in terms of technology, cultivation, production and product quality.

Head of Co-operation at the European Commission in Jamaica, Mr. Jesus Orus Baguena said that the EU will be carrying out an investigation into the revelation that Jamaican Ministry officials accessed EU loans under the Cane Expansion Fund. The admission was made as the Opposition spokesman on finance, Audley Shaw, quizzed Ministry of Agriculture Donovan Stanberry during a meeting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee. He also disclosed that other senior ministry officials benefited from loans from the Fund.

On September 18th the Navaisha Horticultural Fair, Green Farming organized the launching of the Growing Solutions Kenya program in close cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Embassy. Growing Solutions Kenya is a Dutch government sponsored program aiming to support small and medium sized vegetable growers in Kenya. The program is implemented by a consortium of 12 Dutch greenhouse technology providers. At three demo-units at Latia Resource Centre Growing Solutions they will demonstrate innovative greenhouse production technology adapted to the local production conditions.

Monday, 14 September 2015

The next Brussels Development Briefing on “Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development” will take place on Thursday, 17 September 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, Brussels, Belgium).

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.

To attend the Briefing, please make sure you register or follow via @CTAbrussels or webstream.

The Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) has received financial assistance from its international partner the COLEACP (Europe-ACP Liaison Committee) in the sum of 20,000 Euros to assist with rehabilitation of small-farm-families’ livelihoods in Dominica amidst the devastation resulting from the impact of tropical storm Erica. CaFAN’s Chief Coordinator, Jethro Greene, has noted that “the relief contribution by COLEACP is a demonstration of their commitment to helping small farm families in the Caribbean.” As a member of COLEACP, CaFAN members have already benefited from support for training, technical assistance and market development in Europe.

Friday, 11 September 2015

On an official visit to India, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, visited the Anand Agricultural University here and sought information about new technologies being developed in the field of agriculture.  The official delegation also visited a plant tissue culture laboratory; a farm - where varsity experts are doing experiments on groundnut and cotton crops - used by the university's research centre and 'Vidya Dairy', run by the students of Dairy Science College.

Monday, 07 September 2015

At an address to Nigerian farmers, Dr Husaini Ibrahim, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Raw Material and Research and Development Council (RMRDC) explained that Nigeria spends over $1.5 billion annually on tomato products' importation from China, South Africa and the EU amongst others. In order to address the problem of acute shortage of tomato vegetables and to boost Nigeria’s foreign currency earning, the RMRDC has decided to introduce improved and certified high yielding tomato seeds to various Growers Associations in the country. The essence of introducing the improved seeds is to boost its production in the country and to mitigate increased dependency on imports from third countries.

Recently, ULMA Agricola has been involved in the installation of several Arin type greenhouse facilities in the Caribbean & Africa. This type of structure is  known as a tropical structure because it is designed to meet the needs of these geographical regions with warm climates and high relative humidity. Growers using the tropical structures experience good results thanks to the vast volumes and excellent ventilation offered by this model, mitigating the effects of high temperatures and humidity in cultivation, thus obtaining optimal development. ULMA Agrícola is a Spanish company with experience in manufacturing and developing greenhouses.

The National Union for Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) are engaged in a fresh effort to ensure the implementation of Uganda’s National Coffee Policy 2013, in order to increase coffee production and improve competitiveness on the international market. Joseph Nkandu, executive managing director, Nucafe explained, “We were the key players in influencing the government to formulate the National Coffee Policy,” said. “This is the first ever public policy in Uganda directly influenced and demanded by farmers.