On September 18th the Navaisha Horticultural Fair, Green Farming organized the launching of the Growing Solutions Kenya program in close cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Embassy. Growing Solutions Kenya is a Dutch government sponsored program aiming to support small and medium sized vegetable growers in Kenya. The program is implemented by a consortium of 12 Dutch greenhouse technology providers. At three demo-units at Latia Resource Centre Growing Solutions they will demonstrate innovative greenhouse production technology adapted to the local production conditions.
The next Brussels Development Briefing on “Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development” will take place on Thursday, 17 September 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, Brussels, Belgium).
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.
The Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) has received financial assistance from its international partner the COLEACP (Europe-ACP Liaison Committee) in the sum of 20,000 Euros to assist with rehabilitation of small-farm-families’ livelihoods in Dominica amidst the devastation resulting from the impact of tropical storm Erica. CaFAN’s Chief Coordinator, Jethro Greene, has noted that “the relief contribution by COLEACP is a demonstration of their commitment to helping small farm families in the Caribbean.” As a member of COLEACP, CaFAN members have already benefited from support for training, technical assistance and market development in Europe.
On an official visit to India, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, visited the Anand Agricultural University here and sought information about new technologies being developed in the field of agriculture. The official delegation also visited a plant tissue culture laboratory; a farm - where varsity experts are doing experiments on groundnut and cotton crops - used by the university's research centre and 'Vidya Dairy', run by the students of Dairy Science College.
At an address to Nigerian farmers, Dr Husaini Ibrahim, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Raw Material and Research and Development Council (RMRDC) explained that Nigeria spends over $1.5 billion annually on tomato products' importation from China, South Africa and the EU amongst others. In order to address the problem of acute shortage of tomato vegetables and to boost Nigeria’s foreign currency earning, the RMRDC has decided to introduce improved and certified high yielding tomato seeds to various Growers Associations in the country. The essence of introducing the improved seeds is to boost its production in the country and to mitigate increased dependency on imports from third countries.
Recently, ULMA Agricola has been involved in the installation of several Arin type greenhouse facilities in the Caribbean & Africa. This type of structure is known as a tropical structure because it is designed to meet the needs of these geographical regions with warm climates and high relative humidity. Growers using the tropical structures experience good results thanks to the vast volumes and excellent ventilation offered by this model, mitigating the effects of high temperatures and humidity in cultivation, thus obtaining optimal development. ULMA Agrícola is a Spanish company with experience in manufacturing and developing greenhouses.
The National Union for Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) are engaged in a fresh effort to ensure the implementation of Uganda’s National Coffee Policy 2013, in order to increase coffee production and improve competitiveness on the international market. Joseph Nkandu, executive managing director, Nucafe explained, “We were the key players in influencing the government to formulate the National Coffee Policy,” said. “This is the first ever public policy in Uganda directly influenced and demanded by farmers.
Scottish ministers are planning to formally ban genetically modified crops from being grown in Scotland. Ministers in Edinburgh are to apply to use recent EU powers that allow devolved administrations to opt out of a more relaxed regime, which is expected to increase commercial use of GM crops around the EU. The move will reinforce a long-standing moratorium on planting GM crops in Scotland. Agribusiness, scientific bodies and the National Farmers Union, support ministers in London who have signalled that they plan to allow commercial cultivation of GM crops such as maize and oilseed rape in England, despite significant resistance from consumers and environmental groups. It is not yet known what direct or indirect impact this will have on imports from third countries.
Small-scale farmers across six Caribbean countries are being empowered to play greater roles in the food security of the region, through the ‘Sustainable, profitable value chains and market linkages in the Caribbean’ project. The project which is estimated to cost some US$1.5 million was officially launched on August 4. It targets some 2,220 small scale farmers, in six countries namely Jamaica, St Lucia, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and Antigua and Barbuda. The main objectives of the project are to equip and support small scale farmers with the skills and technology to cultivate better quality goods and to attract more lucrative markets for their produce. The project is being implemented by the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) and funded by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA ACP-EU) in partnership with the Sandals Foundation.
The next Brussels Development Briefings no. 42 on Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development shall be held on 17th September 2015. 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.