The European Union (EU) has approved the provision Guinea-Bissau of indicative financial support of €105 million for the next five years. The financial support is part of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), which entered into force on 2nd March 2015. This si part of a package of €30.5 billion for support development projects throughout the world. The EU already provided € 20 million of emergency aid to Guinea-Bissau, half of which was delivered in 2014.
The Harare municipality recently announced a ban on the keeping ofchickens in residential zones. The city council's bylaws (of 1962) state: 'Nopoultry house shall be placed nearer than three metres from any boundary ornearer than six metres from premises used for human inhabitation. No personshall keep any poultry by reasons of continued crowing, quacking, clucking,gobbling or like noise tends to destroy the comfort of the neighbourhood.' But withRampant unemployment - WorldBank estimates that 80% of Zimbabweans are jobless and 65% earn less than $100a month – and a weak economy, Zimbabweans are asking themselves whether this isa good policy.
Almost five years after signing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) compact - the African Union and NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) – the Swaziland government still fails to allocate 10 percent of its national budget to the agriculture sector. Farmers in the country are disappointed by the fact that government still cannot adhere to the CAADP’s compact. Swaziland National Agricultural Union (SNAU) President Jabulani Tsabedze said though government had challenges as regards sufficient cash flow, they were hoping that the amount allocated to the agriculture sector would hike year by year.
The European Parliament Development Committee (DEVE) met to discuss and prepare the forthcoming report on “Private Sector and Development”. The report will contribute to the operationalising the new policy framework initiated by the Commission Communication on "A Stronger Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries". The first panel looked at partnership models used to support private sector in developing countries and the second focused on ways to engage the private sector. The report will be prepared by the DEVE Rapporteur Nirj Deva MEP.
On Tuesday 24th February, the European Commission’s External Cooperation Inforpoint held a conference on the topic of “Education for all by 2030”. Ms. Véronique Lorenzo, Head of unit for Education, Health, Research and Culture in DG DevCo introduced the subject. Ms. Karen Schroh, Senior Donor Relations Specialist at the Global Partnership for Education introduced the work of the GPE, which since its establishment in 2002, has partnered with 60 developing countries to promote education. GPE noted that investment in education is win-win as it achieves linkages with other sectors and has a strong cross-sectoral impact e.g. direct linkages with educating girls and GDP growth. GPE recognized that unfortunately the Millennium Development Goals were not an equity focused agenda.
The network initiated by seven African countries finance and agriculture ministers has now increased to 14 countries. The ministers launched the network a day ahead of the United Nations international Fund for Agriculture Development in Rome, Italy, which is expected to discuss on sustainable development of agriculture from 15-17, 2015.
Labeled ‘Leadership for Agriculture’, the network aspires to transform Africa’s heavily smallholder farmers’ dependent agriculture into a commercially viable business.
African ministers of finance and agriculture launch the ‘Leadership for Agriculture’ network. It aims to mobilize funds to improve the continent’s agriculture performance, particularly targeting smallholder farmers. It hopes to transform Africa’s heavily smallholder farmers’ dependent agriculture into a commercially viable business through increased financing from public resources and financial institutions. While it was initiated by seven countries, fourteen African nations are now on-board with the project. “The biggest impediment [of African agriculture] right now in the context is the lack of investment in the sector... because those who invest perceive agriculture as a risky sector,” says Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office.
The Jamaican Ministry of Agriculture will be increasing Irish potato production to 15 million kilograms to satisfy the local demand for the produce. Lenworth Fulton Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, said “We have embarked on import substitution programme, which began with Irish potato. The aim is to provide for the total table Irish potato need of this country by 2016-2017.” Since 2008 imports of the produce declined significantly from 9.3 million kilograms, to 2.2 million in 2013, a reduction of more than 75 per cent. At the same time, national self-sufficiency has moved from 32 per cent to between 85 and 90 per cent.
The Secretary General designate of the ACP Group, H.E Dr Patrick Gomes met with the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr. Kanayo F. Nwanze last week in Rome, where they discussed strengthening of ACP-IFAD relations in the area of South-South & Triangular Cooperation. One of the key areas to be examined will be a collaborative effort of ACP and IFAD in assessing the socio-economic and cultural impact of the Ebola epidemic on the rural livelihoods of communities in the affected countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - and designing a strategy to rehabilitate key aspects of small and medium rural enterprises.
The government of South Africa has proposed a ban on foreign land ownership that will apply only to agricultural land. There will be a 12,000 hectare ceiling on land ownership would not be done in a way that threatened food security. President Zuma said, " the Land Holdings Bill applies to agricultural land. It does not affect those foreign nationals who are planning to buy homes for residences.Multi-nationals will be affected only if their future property purchases consist of agricultural land."