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Saturday, 01 October 2016

Neven Mimica gave the opening speech at the "Building an emerging Mali" conference organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. The Conference follows up on the international donor conference on Mali held in May 2013, and the signature of the Peace and Reconciliation Accord of June 2015 in Mali. This peace accord was instrumental in forging a long-term strategic dialogue between the Malian government and its partners and marked a turning point towards stability and the improvement of living conditions of the people in Mali. The conference will aim in particular at providing a platform for the Malian government to present the immediate steps it is taking to implement the Accord.

The European Union (EU) is a strong supporter for Agriculture development in Fiji and around the Pacific. In first ever debate on organic and conventional farming methods in University of the South Pacific, the EU Ambassador for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs said organic farmers and associations should not only engage with private sector but also with public sector and respond to the for organic food in hospitals, schools or for public functions. He underlined that the European Union spends more money on agriculture than other sectors and funds have been under constant reform since in the 1970s. Jacobs says the EU is seeking to open up commercial opportunities and should exist not only in the private sector but in the public sector as well.

While organic farming has a role to play in the new Common Agricultural Policy, an EU spokesperson said that it cannot address the perplexing issue of food security. The new Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-17 will provide €33 million for organic farming and €174 million organic agriculture projects. However, critics suggest that there is little research funding for GMOs, due to the huge public opposition in Europe. In Italy, GMO research has not been allowed for over 10 years, according to the Public Research and Regulation Initiative (PRRI), a worldwide initiative of public sector scientists active in modern biotechnology research.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The successful journey of the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union (OCFCU) took centre stage at the EXPO conference on ‘Agribusiness investments in partnership with farmers' organisations in ACP countries’. The union spearheaded the sustainable development of smallholder coffee farming in Ethiopia since 1999 and has since become an example of best practice. The case can be used to  inform and inspire farmers, marketers, development workers and investment bodies throughout the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions.

Friday, 23 October 2015

The Brussels Briefing on ‘Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development’ took place on Thursday 17 September 2015 at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat. Five women: three from sub-Saharan Africa, one from the Caribbean and one from the Pacific region, gave fascinating accounts of starting and managing agribusinesses. They talked about the factors that had driven their success and the challenges they face. Read the stories: Lovin Kobusingye, Kati Farms, Uganda; Simone Zoundi, Sodepal, Burkina Faso; Alberta Vitale, Women in Business Inc., Samoa;Rosemund Benn, Pomeroon Women’s Agro-Processor Association, Guyana; and Tepsy Ntseoane, Eve’s Eden, South Africa.

On 8th October, artisanal fisher folk from the Indian Ocean region officially decided to create a federation for artisanal fisheries in order to assure sustainable and responsible development in the region. Wallace Cosgrow, Minister of Fish and Agriculture from the republic of Seychelles underscored the importance of the agreement in order to create better comprehension of the sector between key regional actors. This in turn will lead to better dialogue and harness their ability to speak with one voice and defend common interests. Comoros Islands, Seychelles. Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion Island are all part of the new federation. The Headquarters is in the Reunion Island and Seychelles holds the presidency.

The new Fairtrade Climate Standard is an add-on standard to Gold Standard certification of carbon emissions reductions and sustainable development benefits. The standard enables producers to improve their resilience to climate change, while also making their own contribution to reducing emissions. Additionally, producers receive a Fairtrade Premium for each credit sold: money to support them in the fight against the impacts of climate change in their communities.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Brussels Briefing on ‘Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development’ took place on Thursday 17 September 2015 at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat. Five women: three from sub-Saharan Africa, one from the Caribbean and one from the Pacific region, gave fascinating accounts of starting and managing agribusinesses. They talked about the factors that had driven their success and the challenges they face. Read the stories: Lovin Kobusingye, Kati Farms, Uganda; Simone Zoundi, Sodepal, Burkina Faso; Alberta Vitale, Women in Business Inc., Samoa;Rosemund Benn, Pomeroon Women’s Agro-Processor Association, Guyana; and Tepsy Ntseoane, Eve’s Eden, South Africa.

Thursday, 08 October 2015

An opportunity not to be missed takes place in Bridgetown, Barbados next month. Some 250 leaders, decision-makers and agrifood actors will be gathering for the first Caribbean and Pacific Agrifood Forum. A key event for both regions, the forum will be held from November 2 to 6, an action-packed week devoted to exploring how an agribusiness approach can drive rural development in small island states. Anyone wishing to participate in events at the Caribbean and Pacific Agrifood Forum, or find out more, should contact: cpaf15@cta.int  Follow live the event at: #CPAF15

Wednesday, 07 October 2015

The Brussels Development Briefing on “Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development” took place on Thursday, 17 September 2015 at the ACP Secretariat. 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. All our resources are available online. Also, check out our twitter @CTAbrussels and video.