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Sunday, 22 April 2018
Dr Paul Engel, Director of ECDPM, is our guest. ECDPM is a Center established in 1986 as an independent foundation to promote ACP-EU cooperation, ECDPM facilitates improved international cooperation between the EU and its Southern partners in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, based in Maastricht (The Netherlands). On the occasion of his participation in the Brussels Development Briefing on opportunities for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries, Mr. Engel tells of ECDPM, particularly the role played by the Center on a series of arguments all very current: trade, regional integration, governance and research. Mr. Engel also expressed his views on a very important issue in the current policy agenda: the Policy Coherence for Development.
Friday, 30 October 2009
A draft review of the European Union's budget has shocked contributors such as France as spending priorities are shifted from farm policy to the EU's economic renewal, climate change and energy as well as foreign relations. The European Commission's draft budget review is raising eyebrows in EU circles. The proposal seeks a "root and branch reform" of the 130 billion euro annual budget, which currently devotes 45% of spending to agricultural policies. It proposes redirecting funds to policies which address key challenges such as globalisation and suggests more flexibility in allocating funds, with the current system considered to be too "rigid" and seen as leading to "inertia".
Just a week before the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, the 2nd European Organic Congress organized by the IFOAM EU Group will take place in Brussels on December 1 2009. The main topic will be "Organic Food and Farming in times of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Global Food Crisis". According to the "Millennium Ecosystems Assessment", initiated by UN organizations, the World Bank, many civil society organizations and private and public donors,  "a substantial and largely irreversible loss in the diversity of life on Earth" can be observed as a consequence of the "growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fibre and fuel": a development which will "substantially diminish the benefits that future generations obtain from ecosystems."
During the opening session of a two-day workshop on business opportunities in the European natural and organic products market held in New Kingston, Jamaica, on October 15, Head of the Jamaican Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries' Agro-Investment Corporation, Dr. David Lowe stressed that organic farming may grow significantly in Jamaica in the next few years.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Saturday was the final day of European Development Days. The theme was climate change. “My message to the climate change conference in Copenhagen is that our voices, the voices of the poor, the vulnerable, those who have no capacity to face the challenges of climate change, must be heard.” This was what Prime Minister of Haiti Michèle Duvivier said at the meeting in Stockholm.

“If you fail to understand the plight of my people, you will lead your own nations down a parallel course.”
President of Micronesia Emanuel Mori held an impassioned speech on the final day of European Development Days. He drew attention to the fact that his country will disappear beneath the sea if nothing is done about climate change.

Monday, 26 October 2009
Honourable Ms. Nita Deerpalsing, Member of Parliament of Mauritius and Member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), is our guest this week. At the occasion of the JPA meeting held in Brussels, Ms. Deerpalsing shared with us the role, objectives and the functions of the JPA, a consultative assembly key in the EU-ACP cooperation. For two years, Ms. Deerpalsing is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment. From her point of view, the social impact of economic crisis and social and environmental consequences of climate change are two key issues which the ACP countries face. Mauritius in particular, although a relatively prosperous country with solid institutions, is prone to lose everything in extreme weather brought by climate change. While mitigation strategies and adaptation should be implemented, future development of less developed countries should be also sustainable. The global crisis has indeed a strong social impact in ACP countries, as today one billion people suffer hunger and therefore cannot contribute to the prosperity of their country.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
A fast track procedure to rapidly approve intervention measures for the dairy market was approved by Parliament on Tuesday. This will allow MEPs to debate and vote this week on the new proposals put forward by the Commission.
Environmentalists have clashed with the EU over the legitimacy of the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), claiming it acts as a mouthpiece for the GMO lobby. Speaking as farmers from around the world called on EU policymakers to stop the authorisation of Bayer GM rice, Juan-Felipe Carrasco of Greenpeace Spain told this website that Efsa did not protect consumers from contaminated products. "Efsa keeps saying it's ok to go ahead with genetic engineering (GE)", he said.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
The European Union is providing seed and fertiliser worth 15.4 million euros to small-scale Zimbabwean farmers to boost grain production, an EU diplomat said on Thursday.The EU, which maintains sanctions against Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle over charges of human rights abuses and electoral fraud, remains one of the country's largest donors, giving more than 510 million euros since 2002. The head of the European Commission in Zimbabwe, Xavier Marchal, told a meeting of agricultural experts and donors assessing the preparations for the farming season that the EU facility was aimed at improving household food security.