Mapping study of food-grain value chains in Eastern Africa

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Mapping study of food-grain value chains in Eastern Africa

Agriculture is one of the East AfricanCommunity’s most important economic sectors. The major staple foods in the region are maize, rice, potatoes, bananas, cassava, wheat, sorghum, millet and pulses. However, agricultural production in the region is prone to the vagaries of climate change, fluctuating food prices, a rapidly growing population in the urban areas and natural resource degradation. Even though governments have intensified efforts to develop agriculture in the ...

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The agriculture–nutrition nexus in Haiti

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The agriculture–nutrition nexus in Haiti

More than one-third of Haiti’s population remains food insecure, despite the efforts of international donors, government ministries and numerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Enough food is available in the country to feed everyone, but half of it is imported every year. Chronic poverty prevents much of the country’s population from accessing the food they need. This Technical Brief gives key recommendations to improve food and nutrition security in Haiti;

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Paris-based Amethis eyes Sh36bn to invest in Africa

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Amethis Finance, a Paris-based company focused on investing in debt and equity in Africa, is seeking to raise Sh36 billion for investment in 11 countries including Kenya. Amethis Fund II is a 10-year closed-end generalist private equity fund targeting mid-market companies in financial institutions, fast-moving consumer goods, healthcare, agribusiness, education, IT and telecommunications. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private lending arm, is proposing to inject Sh1.8 billion in equity investment into the fund, its disclosures indicate. Amethis has in the past years invested in Chase Bank, Ramco Group and Kenafric Industries.

EU pledges $30mln to support livestock sector

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The European Union has pledged $30 million to fund development of the livestock value chain in Zimbabwe. The money is part of a $300 million funding programme announced in 2015 to support health, agriculture and governance initiatives through the European Development Fund’s National Indicative Programme. “In pursuit of inclusive and sustainable agriculture based value chains, the European Union in Zimbabwe has launched a new call for proposals to support upgrading and upscaling of livestock based value chains with a proven potential in terms of economic performance and inclusiveness,” the EU said in a statement on Tuesday.

Barbados - Italian Republic DTA enters into force

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The Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) between the Government of Barbados and the Italian Republic has entered into force in accordance with Article 30 of the Agreement. The instruments of ratification for the Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion were exchanged by the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, and Ambassador and Special Envoy to the Caribbean of the Italian Republic, Paulo Serpi. The entry into force of the Barbados/Italian Republic DTA represents not only Barbados’ firm strides to expand its treaty network, but it also signals the country’s willingness to foster closer ties with Italy and the European Union in particular.

EU supports rural electrification in Tanzania

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During an official visit to Tanzania, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica signed a €50 million programme to support rural electrification in the country. The new financing agreement will support the access of Tanzanian citizens to affordable and sustainable energy through extending energy grids as well as expanding distribution networks. During the signing ceremony, Commissioner Mimica said: "Our important programme worth €50 million will help accelerate the Tanzanian people's access to modern energy. It will provide electricity to over 3600 villages in rural regions of Tanzania, essentially benefitting 1 million people. And this access to energy is vital: it will increase the quality of life in rural areas, improve health and educational services and bring clear benefits, particularly to women and children."

Pacific - EU: Import substitution focus

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Developing import substitution on exports of fruit and vegetables and addressing market opportunities was on the agenda of a workshop organised by the Pacific Community (SPC) in Nadi yesterday. The two-day discussions were part of the Improving Key Services to Agriculture (IKSA) project implemented by SPC and funded by the European Union. According to SPC, participants would discuss factors generating the selection of produce and ingredients, particularly in terms of menu design at Fiji's resorts, trading of local produce and the ability to meet the demands of resorts as well as production models used to grow produce for timely and reliable local supply.

EU supporting renewable energy in the Eastern Caribbean

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On 20 November, in New York, the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Warren Smith, announced the formalisation of an EU grant contribution to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. The Programme will facilitate the development of up to 60MW of geothermal energy capacity in up to five countries – Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

EU’s new Ambassador to Samoa, Head of Pacific Delegation

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The Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, received the Ambassador of the European Union to Samoa, Julian Wilson, yesterday. Mr. Wilson presented his credentials to his Highness Tuimaleali’ifano at his Moto’otua office on November 6th. Mr. Wilson was accompanied by his spouse, Claudine Elysée, and the Head of Cooperation, Christoph Wagner. Mr. Wilson said the European Union (E.U.) and Samoa have a long standing tradition of co-operation and partnership dating back to the mid-1970's.

Chinese experts transform African agriculture with education programs

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Villagers in Dongkou county, Central China's Hunan Province catch fish on January 15, 2010. As the village's land is not suitable for planting crops, village officials directed them to build ponds to raise fish so that they could make more money. Photo: IC He Wang, a 53-year-old research fellow from the Hunan Fisheries Science Institute, returned once again to Ethiopia on October 16, where she has been teaching fish-farming since 2003. During all these years in Ethiopia, He helped build the country's first standardized aquaculture base, mentored more than 3,000 students, and is about to publish the country's first textbook on aquaculture, called Fish Production, local news site sxdsb.cn reported.

EU: 2018 budget agreed with cuts in development aid

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In the early hours of Saturday (18 November), after 16 hours of negotiations, the EU member states and the European Parliament struck a deal on the EU’s budget for 2018, three days before the end of the conciliation period on 20 November at midnight. Total commitments are set at €160.1bn and payments at €144.7bn.Finance Ministers rejected the European Parliament’s proposal to increase external spending and agreed to limit funding at €9.57bn, a decrease of €868m, or 8%, below the final 2017 budget, with €256m left unallocated in the margin. Compared to 2017, long-term development aid was cut by 6%, however health and education funding will increase to €206m and agriculture, food security and nutrition funding will rise to €217m in 2018.

Indigenous knowledge systems and climate change management in Africa

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Indigenous knowledge systems and climate change management in Africa

Climate change presents a profound challenge to food security and sustainable development in Africa. Its negative impacts are likely to be greatest in the African region, which is already food insecure. In the face of global climate change and its emerging challenges and unknowns, it is essential that decision makers base policies on the best available knowledge. In recent years, the knowledge of local and indigenous people, often referred to ...

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Main events for the week: 20 - 26 November 2017

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ACP Secretariat

20 November: Enhancing Climate Diplomacy in a Changing Political Environment
21-22 November: Committee of Ambassadors

European Parliament

20-23 November: European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Council

20-21 November: Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council
22 November: Coreper I and II
24 November: Coreper I

Other Events

20 November: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Migration: evidence for policy making
23 November: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Addressing land degradation and desertification
24 November: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Protecting Migrants during Emergencies

Farmer profiling: Making data work for smallholder farmers

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Farmer profiling: Making data work for smallholder farmers

The study presented in this report was commissioned by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) as a member of the Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, and was conducted by SB Consulting (SBC4D). The objective of the research is to understand the role of farmer organisations (FO) and cooperatives in the agriculture data ecosystem. These organisations have long been recognised to play an important ...

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Building the evidence base on the agricultural nutrition nexus: Democratic Republic of Congo

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Building the evidence base on the agricultural nutrition nexus: Democratic Republic of Congo

The provinces of North-Kivu and South-Kivu are located in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and both have been marred by conflict over the past two decades. This led to population displacement and instability, which in turn resulted in the abandonment of agriculture, food insecurity and severe malnutrition (UNICEF, 2012). To build evidence on the agricultural-nutrition nexus, a rapid scan was carried out in North-Kivu and South-Kivu provinces between July ...

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Hopes Pacific states can learn from Iceland's fishing industry

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A delegate on a fisheries exchange to Iceland says Pacific nations should follow Iceland's example and maximise the value of their catch rather than rushing to catch more. Iceland has developed from being one of the world's poorest countries to one of its richest on the back of it's fishing industry. Pacific representatives travelled there this month to learn more about it's success. Secretariat of the Pacific Community Fisheries Director Moses Amos said Iceland had introduced a quota system and ensured it received the full value out of the fish it did catch.

EU to grant EUR 18m for renewables in Cuba - report

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The European Union will sign in the coming weeks a EUR-18-million (USD 21m) financing agreement to support renewable energy in Cuba, state news agency Prensa Latina reported. Details on the use of the funds are not available. The agreement, to be approved by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, is part of the Agreement on Political Dialogue and Bilateral Cooperation, which entered into force earlier this month, the EU ambassador in Cuba, Alberto Navarro told the news agency.

EU supports Timorese rural communities to adapt to climate change

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Communities of Luro in Lautem municipality, Timor-Leste, gathered on October 28th 2017 for the handover ceremonies of five rainwater harvesting tanks. The tanks, made of ferro-cement can hold 10,000 liters of rain and spring water and provides water to 15-20 household members for group-managed horticulture activities. Seven more tanks are due for handover soon to seven other aldeias (sub-villages). The installation of the tanks comes as part of the Integrated Actions for Resilience and Adaptation (IA4RA) to climate change project that works in the nine villages in the area of the Raumoco Watershed. Financial assistance to construct the tanks was provided by the European Union as part of the EU-GIZ Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (EU-GIZ ACSE) Programme.

Germany: €100m to support Ghana’s renewable energy

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The German government has committed to providing funding to support Ghana’s renewable energy development. The pledge comes after President Nana Akufo – Addo disclosed plans to explore renewable energy sources as an alternative remedy to ending the nation’s impending power issues. The German government made this known during the 2017 West Africa Clean Energy and Environment (WACEE) Exhibition and Conference in Accra on Tuesday– noting that the funding will be provided through its technical cooperation agency, GIZ, and development bank, KfW

Aquaculture: Maltese firm boosts African presence

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Maltese based AquaBioTech is to hold an aquaculture workshop in Cameroon later this month as part of its African development strategy. The event will take place during the Cameroon International SME Trade Fair (PMEXCHANGE), in Douala on November 22. The trade fair attracts more than 150 exhibitors and brings together SMEs and multinational companies, as well as thousands of visitors from across Cameroon. It is organised by Enterprises of Cameroon (ECAM) every two years. The three-hour workshop – titled Aquaculture Opportunities in Cameroon – will cover various topics, from production and operational issues to profitability, opportunities, sharing good practices and the success factors for the aquaculture business.