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Saturday, 29 August 2015

On behalf of the Ivory Coast State, Minister of Agriculture Coulibaly Mamadou Sangafowa has signed a partnership outline agreement with Nestlé Ivory Coast CEO Mauricio Alarcon covering the launch of the Nescafé Plan, under implementation in the country since last year. The partnership relates to the sustainable development of green coffee in Ivory Coast and is a part of the national policy to revive coffee cultivation. According to the Minister of Agriculture, the programme has required the Government to set aside an investment of eight billion CFA francs.

Monday, 01 December 2014

The latest Brussels Development Briefing on “Global food systems, local impact: the role of agribusiness and development partnerships in advancing African agriculture” took place Tuesday 25th November 2014 (9h-13h) at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, room C) with an audience of 130 participants.

 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Small Bahamian producers and livestock developers must have secure access to regional and international markets, the Minister of Agriculture said yesterday, adding that “connecting buyers to sellers” was central to the the Bahamas’ Agriculture Policy Programme (APP). V Alfred Gray, speaking with Tribune Business at its launch, said the programme would be divided into three components. “One of the components is to ensure that whatever the producers are involved in is done on a technological research basis, and that will be done together with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), which is leading leading the charge of connecting growers to buyers,” Mr Gray said. 

“The core of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is to improve the lives of people.” These were the words of Renwick Rose, chair of the CARIFORUM delegation at the inaugural meeting of the EU CARIFORUM Consultative Committee. This Consultative Committee, which is made up of civil society organisations, is tasked with fostering dialogue between the two regions and monitoring implementation of the EU-Cariforum EPA in a way that not only improves trade but also has a positive impact on the Caribbean region socially, economically and environmentally. The CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee held its first meeting on 13 and 14 November 2014. These two days of discussions culminated in the adoption of a declaration that was presented to the EPA Trade and Development Committee.

The centre, which is a subsidiary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) received monetary support amounting to  5million Euros from the European Union (EU) and World Bank. Speaking at the ceremony to mark the presentation of the grants to the seven grantees, the first of its kind to be launched by CCORDESA, the EU Ambassador to Botswana and SADC Alexander Baum noted that the awards ceremony was of particular importance. He said it demonstrated the SADC region’s continuing efforts to create a conducive environment to support agricultural research and development under the stewardship of CCARDESA. Baum further said agriculture was the leading economic sector in most SADC countries as it represents 17% of the region’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP). 

It’s not very often that the end of a talk is as exciting as its beginning. Perhaps that should be expected when one witnesses historical moments in time—what can be called true game changers.  Harrison Karnwea, the managing director of Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority (FDA), recently joined us at the World Bank, just days after the UN Climate Summit in New York and the signing of a $150 million grant Letter of Intent for a Forests REDD+ program between his country and Norway to be facilitated by the World Bank. Under the agreement, Liberia and Norway will work together to improve the framework for forest governance, strengthen law enforcement and support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Liberia. Improved governance and adequate law enforcement in the forest sector and agriculture impede further destruction of Liberia’s rainforests and aim to avoid illegal logging and unsustainable agricultural practices.

 

FIJI can expect about $67.7million in development assistance from the European Union, says EU's ambassador to the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs. "Following the successful election process, the EU is working with the Fijian authorities to plan how best to focus future development assistance in the framework of the 11th European Development Fund, which runs till 2020," he said. "Discussions are still ongoing, but so far two likely areas of support are governance and agriculture/sugar. "The breakdown of the available funds (indicatively 28million Euro) has not yet been decided." The EU had allocated about $112m in assistance to the sugar in industry in 2006. Mr Jacobs said this assistance had to be redirected after the military takeover in December that year. 

 

The forum on the Congolese economy within the European Union (Forum Économique Congolais dans l'Union Européenne-FECUE) was held in Brussels on 17-18 November 2014 bringing together officials and investors from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and EU working towards the development of the DRC's agribusiness sector and encouraging investors to take part in the transformation of the country's vast agricultural lands. The Central African country has set in motion the development of its agricultural and agribusiness sectors through the National Plan for Agricultural Investment (Plan National d'Investissement Agricole - PNIA) part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The Mozambican and Spanish governments signed in Maputo on Friday a new Partnership Framework Programme under which Spain will provide 46.55 million euros (about 57.8 million US dollars) in aid during the period 2014-2016. The funds are intended for the health sector, food security, rural development and decentralization, gender issues and culture in Cabo Delgado, Inhambane and Maputo provinces. The agreement was signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Henrique Banze and by Albert Virella, the General Director of Cooperation for Africa in the Spanish international Cooperation and Development Agency (AECID).

 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Head of the European Union delegation and MINEPAT held discussions in Yaounde on November 19, 2014. The government of Cameroon and the European Union (EU) will in the days ahead hold a working session to seek ways of better implementing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which among others entails a free movement of goods among signatory countries. The Head of the European Union delegation in Cameroon, Françoise Collet, and Cameroon's Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, held discussions on Wednesday November 19 in Yaounde on the issue among others.