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Thursday, 22 March 2018

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:


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.

Friday, 17 June 2016

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has pledged another EUR 55 Million in support of African Union (AU) programmes and joint strategic initiatives after its bilateral negotiations with the African Union (AU) Commission, recently concluded. The focus of this year’s commitment is largely on agricultural development through enhancement of agricultural skills. A new element of the cooperation between the AU and Germany is on the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). Germany made an initial pledge of EUR 5 Million in support of the ongoing CFTA preparations and negotiations. This year´s commitment particularly focuses on the support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which will benefit from additional EUR 29 Million from Germany. The additional contribution mainly supports agricultural technical vocational education and training (TVET) in more than 10 African countries and with a special focus on women.


Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Nestlé has launched a scheme in Africa which aims to train around 1,000 farmers in northern Nigeria on good agricultural practices and become more entrepreneurial. The two-year pilot scheme, which will run until 2018, is being launched with the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC). Its aim is to help smallholder famers, around 40 percent of whom are women, in the country so they can increase yields of staple crops millet and sorghum in West African meals. Nestlé sources about 7,000 tonnes of sorghum from farmers in northern Nigeria which it uses as a substitute malt ingredient to tailor its products to match the preferred tastes of the local population. Nestlé will train the farmers to manage farming as a business, with a focus on crop quality and safety. It is hoped the training scheme will run beyond two years and grow in size over time.


Monday, 06 June 2016

Agriculture will play a crucial role in addressing the planet’s future needs – whether on food production, health or the preservation of the environment. But transforming the dominant agricultural model could be the greatest challenge of all. Last year the United Nations adopted its post-2015 agenda, setting out 17 Sustainable Development Goals to tackle contemporary global challenges by 2030. The goals span the whole range of policy areas, from rural poverty to global hunger, climate resilience, and population growth. Nine of them are directly or indirectly connected with farming, conferring a special multi-dimensional status to agriculture.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Barclays Bank Zambia has pledged to support businesses in the agriculture value chain aimed at accelerating the country's diversification agenda. Barclays Bank business banking director Regina Mulenga said her bank would provide support to businesses in the agriculture value chain in order for the sector to thrive. Ms Mulenga said Barclays Bank was fully committed to supporting the diversification of the Zambian economy in an effort to reduce over dependency on the mining sector. She said this in an interview at the Agritech Expo held in Chisamba at the weekend.