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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nestlé Waters has opened a new manufacturing plant in Abaji, Nigeria. The 25 million CHF factory will produce Nestlé Pure Life water. It is Nestlé’s most modern water processing facility in Central and West Africa. The facility will complement Nestlé Waters’ existing factory at Agbara in the Ogun State. As well as processing water the new site will be home to a Technical Training Centre for Nigerian engineering students. And as part of our commitments to improve access to water and sanitation across our value chain, we will provide free access to clean drinking water from taps at the gates of the new factory to an estimated 1,000 local people. This follows similar initiatives at our Agbara and Douala factories.
This report examines various interactions between trade policy, with a specific focus on market access conditions, and factors that constitute the basis for achieving sustainable development. Market access conditions vis-avis imports are determined by a combination of border measures and behind the border measures, both of which add costs to the price of an imported product. By generating significant impact upon consumer welfare and the competitiveness of domestic industries, market access conditions in international trade thus are a key determinant of the effectiveness of trade as a means of implementation.
Water for Growth-Rwanda programme, was launched on Thursday to improve the management of water resources in the country. The four-year joint initiative between Rwanda and the Netherlands, comes at a time when the government is devising means to mitigate effects of climate change, which includes water resources management challenges, according to Ministry of Natural Resources. The programme was launched in Muhanga District, where hundreds of residents joined national and international dignitaries to plant bamboo along River Miguramo to combat riverbank erosion.
The Swedish Government has provided K264 million for the rehabilitation of Kariba Dam to save the dam from collapsing and ensure power generation for Zambia and Zimbabwe. And Kariba Dam has recorded an increase in water levels to 15 percent from 12 percent observed at the beginning of March. According to a report in Swedish Development Today publication, Swedish embassy deputy head of mission David Wiking said the deal could be concluded in June and that the assistance will come to Zambia through Sweden’s development arm – Swedish Development Aid (SIDA).
On 18 February, 2016, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), together with co-partners SIDA (Sweden) and DANIDA (Denmark) launched a new Land Tenure Support Programme. The UK’s contribution is £ 4.74M, SIDA £3.0M and DANIDA £1.125M. The Land Tenure Support Programme will support the Government of Tanzania (...) to make information on land records and processes of land allocation publicly available, and clarify and address current constraints to protecting legitimate land claims. Ultimately, these measures are expected to strengthen security of tenure, contributing to growth in agricultural production and more and better-planned investment in urban infrastructure, including housing.