CTA, in collaboration with IFPRI, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission, PAFO organised a panel and launch the Sub-Saharan Africa Food Security Portal, on 16 September 2015, at the ACP Secretariat. Data has become a key asset for agricultural transformation in Africa. The availability of timely, relevant, and reliable data on the agriculture sector is necessary for effective planning, monitoring, and evaluation of agricultural and rural development policies and to increase the impact of field interventions. The Food Security Portal, facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), aims to provide improved food security for the world's poor and increased resilience of global food systems against food and financial crises. For all the resources, go to brusselsbriefings.net
The Ethiopian Horticulture Development Agency (EHDA) and COLEACP are teaming up to train extension workers. EHDA’s mission is to ensure the fast and sustainable growth of the Ethiopian horticulture export industry. It contributes to the development of the sector by providing support in the area of investment, capacity building of its participants and the promotion of local products on the markets. Within the framework of the COLEACP EDES program the skills of approximately 10 beneficiaries will be reinforced in the area of food quality and food safety.
European Union ambassador for the Pacific Andrew Jacobs said that the EU is working with the Fijian Government and also with governments in the Pacific where the Secretariat of the Pacific Community implemented agricultural programs. Mr Jacobs said they were trying to assist agriculture and finance ministries from across the Pacific to work together to ensure income from agriculture played an important role in sustainable development. Jacobs indicated that the program carried about €8.5million ($F20.64m) where it covered different countries in the Pacific to ensure agriculture played its part in generating income for a better future for everyone.
The EU believes in promoting better opportunities, security, development and better migration management in African countries of origin, such as Kenya. In fact, as announced by President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker on 9 September 2015, the EU is preparing to launch an Emergency Trust Fund of about €1.8 billion to address the root causes of instability in the countries of origin as well as to tackle illegal migration and displacement. One such project from this Emergency Trust Fund, with a budget of around €30 million, could be to provide socio-economic opportunities in Coastal Kenya (such as in the fisheries sector) where high poverty rates of up to 80% persist.
The European Union has been Rwanda's partner in different projects over the recent years. Recently, they sought to cement this relationship, giving over US60 million dollars for agriculture related projects, aid in governance, and support to meet electricity targets. Speaking at the signing, Finance Minister, Claver Gatete insisted that these amounts were not repayable, but a sign of good faith between the two parties.
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 availabel online. Also, check out our twitter @CTAbrussels and video.
The Luxembourg Presidency invited agricultural ministers to an informal Council meeting which had been intended to focus on agriculture and climate change. Discussions will deal with the EU response to low milk prices and available time for the discussion shall deal with how agriculture can best address the challenges of mitigating climate change. For this latter discussion, the Luxembourg Presidency prepared a background - entitled Towards Climate-Smart Agriculture - which sets the scene for discussions between the Ministers in three working groups.
Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan shared his vision of how the EU and developing countries could greatly improve global food security together, through innovation and sustainable farming practices. In Europe "family farms" refers to agricultural holdings where most or all family members, including women, will contribute in a variety of vital ways. The Commission is putting its money into supporting sustainable farming practices in developing countries, focusing on smallholder agriculture and women farmers, the formation of farmers' organisations, the supply and marketing chain, and responsible private agribusiness investment. In this regard, targeting women has been a particular priority, given their traditionally central role in smallholdings.
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture participates with a number of Dutch companies and knowledge institutes in the SMART (Smart Adaptive Sustainable Horticulture) programme,w hich focuses on greenhouse cultivation systems at different levels of technology in Rwanda and South Africa. Thus far, Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture has provided training together with companies Rijk Zwaan and Koppert at the RwandaBest Company. Protected horticulture in Rwanda is currently at a relatively low level in terms of technology, cultivation, production and product quality.
Head of Co-operation at the European Commission in Jamaica, Mr. Jesus Orus Baguena said that the EU will be carrying out an investigation into the revelation that Jamaican Ministry officials accessed EU loans under the Cane Expansion Fund. The admission was made as the Opposition spokesman on finance, Audley Shaw, quizzed Ministry of Agriculture Donovan Stanberry during a meeting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee. He also disclosed that other senior ministry officials benefited from loans from the Fund.