Roberto Ridolfi, Director for sustainable growth and development at the European commission's DG DevCo – EuropeAid explains the new flagship 'EU biodiversity for life' (B4LIFE) initiative, which brings together all EU cooperation activities in the area of biodiversity and ecosystems under the same umbrella framework. The B4LIFE programme aims to contribute to socioeconomic development and the eradication of poverty. Currently, 70% of the world's poor live in rural areas, depending directly on biodiversity and ecosystems for their subsistence. These ecosystem services provide livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, enable access to water and to health and contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) has pledged to continue its commitment to the non-sugar sector farmers in Fiji and has announced that it is grateful to the European Union’s recognition of its contribution to agriculture. FCLC’s Executive Chairman Simon Cole made the comment in response to a speech by Xavier Canton-Lamousse at a livestock workshop financed by the European Union in which he recognized FCLC’s impressive results, within only two years of its existence. FCLC has 6500 registered farmers, and has brought a number of associations under one banner: including food crops and livestock associations, Pig, Dairy, Beef, Sheep/Goat, Root Crop, Ginger, Kava, Honey, Fruit, Salad Vegetables and Coconut Associations, as well as Food Processors.
Spain, Italy, Portugal will be among several countries, including Cuba, Sao Tome and Principe and Senegal exhibiting their products at the 3rd edition of the International Cabo Verde Agribusiness Fair (FIA-Cape Verde).The Cabo Verde Ministry of Rural Development expects 115 exhibitors, more than twice the first edition, which had just over 50. This year’s motto is “Adding value, transforming and internationalizing.” The Ministry of Rural Development also said it wanted the 3rd edition of the fair to be an ideal opportunity for business deals and contacts and also “an opportunity for companies to promote their products and/or services, focusing on methods, technologies and procedures that add value.”
Despite the goal to achieve a sustainable long term impact, the reality of the aid business is that organizations work within limited time frames dictated by the project. This article by Oxfam interrogates how to address the long term impacts in development proects. One suggestion is to complete an effectiveness review, but even some experts recognize that the practical challenges can be much bigger than expected. Another contribution suggests greater coordination is needed with historians and anthropologists, as well as greater inclusion of local organizations, as opposed to international donors who may come and go. Additionally, after the closure of certain projects there is often no follow-up on the long term sustainability of the project goals.
Angonabeiro, an Angolan company of Portuguese group Nabeiro, will invest US$1 billion in the purchase of the entire share capital of Angolan state coffee company Liangol. José Carlos Beato managing director of Angonabeiro explained, “The Nabeiro group came to Angola in 2000, at the invitation of the Angolan government, with a view to revitalising the coffee industry, which included the recovery of a factory. This was done and we were in Angola under a management contract [of the old Liangol], but there was the prospect that the asset would be privatised one day and that’s what happened.”
The European Union and Namibia have wrapped up negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and are expected to sign the agreement later this year as the EU builds on its involvement with Namibia. Ambassador Raúl Fuentes Milani Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia said that this “’pens a new page in economic relations (…) Our focal sectors will be the support to early childhood development and pre-primary education in Namibia, and the rural economy, more particular the livestock value chain in communal lands,” said Milani, adding that the National Indicative Plan would also support civil society.
Namibia and the European Union will next week sign a new National Indicative Plan for Namibia for the period 2015-2020. The agreement covers the period 2015 to 2020 and an indicative allocation of €68 million and focuses on two main sectors, education and agriculture (in particular the livestock value chain in the communal lands) as well as civil society. During the previous programme for the period 2008 to 2013, EU spend €125 million in areas of education, rural development, support to civil society and the promotion of good governance.
Nineteen French companies are expected to hit the shores of Nigeria for an agricultural trade expo to drive the nation's agricultural sector and also build relationships to boost Nigeria's non-oil export trade. Organisers of the fair, Promosalons Nigeria, said the fair tagged: "SPACE 2015", scheduled to hold from the 28th to 30th April 2015, at the Landmark Convention Centre Lagos, will attract key stakeholders in the agriculture, livestock, food, beverage, packaging technology and the hospitality industry. Managing Director, Promosalons Nigeria, Mr. Akin Akinbola said: "This is a great opportunity for Nigerian Companies in this Industry to secure business partnerships with visiting French companies, as participants will be able to build relationships and contacts with a view to increasing their international trade."
Doing Development Differently is a global initiative designed to facilitate a dynamic conversation about ways to achieve greater development impact. The project recognises that global development community is getting better with development approaches, sharing results and lessons, and collaborating on different development initiatives. Yet, it also recognises that many initiatives still fail to address the complexity of development challenges to contribute to real and tangible impact. Some of the key issues going forward include: i) DDD is not for everyone and everything, but targets gaps in the development experience; ii) DDD will continue to collaborate and share experiences; iii) real experience — rather than studies or theory — is the best guide to DDD; iv) DDD demands working with and through many different actors.
Philippe Van Damme, head of EU delegation to Zimbabwe announced that the Eu shall give an additional €1 million for the Regional Integration Support Programme, specifically targeting sanitary and phytosanitary measures. Speaking at the inaugural of Zimbabwe-EU Business Information Centre (Zim-Ebic, Van Damme explained, “The complementary 4,2 million euros Regional Integration Support Programme managed by Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa [Comesa] is coming upstream and shortly we will sign an additional 1 million euros with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and ITC to focus on sanitary and phytosanitary measures.”