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Monday, 29 May 2017

The European Commission is providing additional humanitarian assistance to help address the worsening situation in the Lake Chad region. Today the European Commission has announced an additional €12.5 million in humanitarian aid to support people in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as they face a deteriorating humanitarian crisis. Today's additional emergency assistance will help vulnerable populations in the Lake Chad region. €9 million will be provided to support people in Nigeria, €2 million in Cameroon and €1.5 million in Niger.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum: Linking The Agrifood Sector to the local markets for economic growth and improved food and nutrition security

Organised by PIPSO, CTA, IFAD and SPC

Apia, Samoa, 29th August – 2nd September 2016

Industrialised countries have not respected their commitment to allocate 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) to development. This failure has cost poor countries €1.8 billion since 2002, according to a new report. EurActiv Germany reports. By adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, UN member states committed to working to end poverty, hunger and inequality by 2030. The SDGs were also designed to promote education and sustainable ways of life. International leaders will meet this week to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

Thursday, 04 August 2016

The coastal and inland fisheries, tropical climate and fertile soils of South Pacific nations support the production of fresh ingredients that are healthy, nutritious and vitamin rich. Although traditional Pacific cuisine based on these fresh local ingredients is alive and well in the homes of Pacific Islanders, much of the food served in the tourism industry is imported and fails to deliver an authentic South Pacific cuisine experience to visitors. Many Pacific tourism menus are based on Western-style dishes which require the importation of significant amounts of food from overseas (estimated to comprise up to 80-90% of food consumed in some tourism operations for example).

The European Union will focus mainly in the agriculture sector as part of its TC Winston Post Rehabilitation Works. This was confirmed to FBC News by the Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific- Christophe Wagner. “One of the areas we are focusing on is on the agriculture area or the agriculture field. We want to help the rural communities in terms of livelihoods, rebuild the livelihoods and also in terms of seeds program and also in the sugar area and also in other areas to help them replant and overcome the difficulties and also in the medium term to become more resilient so we will look at crops that are more resilient to this type of disasters.”

Wednesday, 03 August 2016

“European Development Fund through EDF11, New Zealand Government and Australian Centre of Institute in Agriculture Research recognise the Livestock Sector in Vanuatu, (which explains why they are) putting in a lot of resources especially with cattle. “(Neighbour countries in the) region are following Vanuatu’s Livestock Sector development closely, and even the World Animal Health (is focused on how the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock are implementing the initiative)”.

On Thursday 28 July, an agreement was signed between the governor of Nyandarua county in Kenya and a German delegation, which will see potato production increase in the Kenyan county. The German Government will help the county through the provision of high quality seeds, mechanization of the potato farming as well as value addition. The move according to the Government will help boost the potato production from the current 33 per cent of the national potato production with about 36,446ha of the crop cultivated annually to higher levels.

A delegation of Chinese technical personnel will soon arrive in Bissau to begin a project to manufacture tractors and other agricultural machinery in Guinea-Bissau, said Beijing’s ambassador in the West African country. Wang Hua made his statement during a Friday ceremony during which he delivered to the Guinea-Bissauan government machinery and other goods meant to help produce rice, “so that the country can become self-sufficient in this cereal”.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016

The European Union will be directing more funds to the government for Post TC Winston Rehabilitation works. This was confirmed to FBC News by Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner. “For us this is an opportunity to help Fiji very quickly so first we redirect assisting funds and have worked with partners like with the Pacific Community and then we will mobilize additional funds and some of these went through humanitarian aid which also came in quickly and other is also more in longer terms.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) and Unilever announced a new partnership with leading non-governmental organizations to enhance the livelihoods of smallholder vetiver farmers in Haiti. The partnership, Vetiver Together, aims to sustainably improve food security, increase yields, and diversify income, while working to support women’s empowerment and environmental conservation. Let's reclall that Vetiver oil is a common ingredient in many fragrances and an important crop for Unilever, found in brands such as Axe and Impulse. Haiti produces some of the best vetiver in the world, and many farmers rely on cultivation of the root for their entire source of income.