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Information on key ACP-EU programmes and events relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries
October 2019 - No. 623


Joint Declaration of the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals Implementation

WE the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the European Union (EU), taking into consideration our ACP-EU Partnership Agreement:
REAFFIRM that the 2030 Agenda is an ambitious and transformative plan of action to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimensions providing a pathway towards a more sustainable future.
With the underlying “leaving no-one behind” principle, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are universal and indivisible with a clear commitment to future generations. At a time, when the multilateral system is continuously put to the test, we underscore the need to be UNITED in our determination to WORK TOGETHER including through our ACP-EU partnership for the successful implementation of the SDGs by 2030.
Recognising the linkages between sustainable development and climate action we REITERATE our strong commitment to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change fully and effectively. The implementation of the SDGs and the objectives of the Paris Agreement will underpin our partnership.
Emphasise that bold decisions are warranted for the achievement of the SDGs. We intend to INTENSIFY our efforts to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the SDGs and stand ready to work together in supporting countries to INTEGRATE SDGs in their national policy, including financing strategies, and reporting frameworks at various levels.
UNDERSCORE the importance that the 2030 Agenda is nationally driven and that the primary responsibility for its implementation lies with each country, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders at the local, national, regional and international levels, including inter alia, civil society, international organisations and the private sector.
Reiterate our shared commitment to MOBILISE in line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda a full range of means of implementation in the spirit of partnership; in this regard RECOGNISE the importance of domestic resource mobilisation, development finance, development effectiveness and of strengthening existing partnerships such as North-South cooperation, South-South and triangular cooperation including multi-stakeholder partnerships, for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. The establishment of new multi-stakeholder partnerships including public-private partnerships is key for diversifying and transforming the economies of ACP countries and EU Member States.
 In implementing the 2030 Agenda we will be GUIDED BY and PROMOTE our common principles and core values, including democratic principles, rule of law, good governance, respect for human rights, equal access to justice for all, gender equality, women empowerment and solidarity as well as our strong commitment to the rules-based global order with multilateralism and the United Nations at its core.
RECOGNISE that it is essential to ACCELERATE action and to fully IMPLEMENT the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. Our collective action can make a real difference in addressing our common challenges and advancing mutual benefits.

Source: European Commission, 24 September 2019

Featured CTA partner

Elizabeth Nsimadala – Entrepreneur, President of Eastern Africa Farmer's Federation (EAFF) and President of the Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO)

Elizabeth Nsimadala is the new President of the Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO) and President of Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF). Previously, she served four years as the Regional Women Representative at the EAFF and Treasurer Board Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA) a member of EAFF. She also sits at the Governing Council of Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) and Chairs the Governing Council of the Uganda Cooperative College in Tororo among others.

Elizabeth is a successful agriprenuer and has been at the centre of championing farmer-led Agriculture technology and innovation at the EAFF through the E-Granary initiative that virtually aggregates farmers for markets. She is a passionate cooperator and she spearheaded the push to have the regional law on cooperatives – The East Africa Cooperative Societies Bill 2015 through the East Africa Legislative Assembly. As a result of her efforts, she was recently awarded and Globally recognized by the World Farmers Organization (WFO) as one of the exemplary women leaders in Farmers Organizations’ contributing to sustainable development.
Ms. Nsimadala was a speaker at the latest Brussels Development Briefing n.57 “Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security and nutrition”. She discussed the different approaches towards creating livelihoods for rural youth in rural economies. While in Brussels, she gave an interview about the work she is developing together with fellow members of the two organizations she represents – EAFF and PAFO.
Click here to watch her presentation in English

Strategic Events

European Union delegation on a one-day visit to SVG

A delegation of High level European Union (EU) officials arrived in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for a one-day visit yesterday as part of an ongoing tour to some Caribbean countries. The delegation included the Director-General, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DGDEVCO) Stefano Manservisi, and was headed by the EU Ambassador to the Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Daniela Tramacere.
The new EuropeAid Head of Division for Caribbean Countries, Felice Zaccheo, and the Political Advisor from the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, Ovidiu Naftanaila, completed the delegation.
Ambassador Tramacere, in a brief press conference held after the cohort’s arrival at the Argyle International Airport(AIA), commented, “It is an occasion which is extremely important and it doesn’t come by chance, so I really hope that we will seize the opportunity today to talk about very many topics beyond our cooperation portfolio.”The Ambassador added that Manservisi is an extremely senior official in the European Union and it is not an everyday occasion for him to be present.
Manservisi said that it was a pleasure for him to be visiting St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) as part of their Caribbean tour, which started in Barbados and will continue with visits to St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. The visit to SVG, the Director-General explained, was to make the point of the cooperation between the EU and SVG, and their relationship, as well as to prepare for the future.
In the light of the changes that the EU will see in the near future, with a new Commission, and a new President of the European Council, Manservisi stated, “it is our duty, I will say my duty, having been in the region since many, many years to make the point and to offer a brief on where we are, and about the importance of this region for the European Union.”
The Director-General said that special attention in their discussions yesterday would be paid to the role that St Vincent is playing and will play, as it is “the first time that a small state like St Vincent will hold a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council.”
He believes that the seat could be used to give a voice to St Vincent, and the region as a whole.
Read the full article here

Source: Search Light, 20 September 2019


EU earmarks €80 million to improve disasters management in Africa

The European Union has earmarked €80 million to improve the resilience of several African countries to extreme weather hazards, including floods and droughts. Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia are among the recipients of the EU financial support.
The program is being implemented in Africa by four partners namely the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the African Development Bank’s Climate special fund.
The fund was announced last weekend by the National Coordinator of the Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), Chanda Kabwe and his Director for Disaster Risk Management Anderson Banda. The duo was visiting Italy to attend a seminar on the management mechanisms put in place by the European country, which suffers almost every year of extreme weather events.
Representatives of the disaster management agencies of Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Rwanda and experts from the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the Africa Union Commission also attended the seminar.
The seminar is part of the Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP)-EU Program “Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities” funded by the European Union. The program is designed to share experience and accelerate Implementation of the global plan to reduce disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Source: The North African Post, 23 September 2019

Togo: EU finances three sectors for 216 million Euro

Togo will benefit from 216 million euros from the European Union to finance targeted sectors. State consolidation and security, water and sanitation, energy ... This funding is part of the National Indicative Program (NIP) for development cooperation.
Under the National Indicative Programs (NIP) signed Friday, October 10, 2014 by Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development for the period 2014-2020, Togo has a budget of 216 million euros to finance three sectors.
State consolidation and security, water and sanitation, energy are the three sectors that Togo has presented for the NIPs. According to Mr Piebalgs: PINs "... are the result of close cooperation (...) and take into account (...) the policies, strategies and needs defined by the beneficiary countries.
Three other countries, Belize, Lesotho and Zambia benefit from this funding at the same time as Togo.

Source:  Full News Infos, October 2019
ECOWAS, EU and WEAMU Hold Technical Working Group

The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU) and Commission of the West African Economic Momentary Union (WAEMU) commenced a 2-day Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on 17th September, 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria in order to review the state of the implementation of the recommendations of the strategic Orientation Committee under the governance of the EU-West Africa Regional Indicative Program (RIP) 2014-2020.
Opening the meeting on behalf of His Excellency Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, the Commissioner for Telecommunications and Information Technology, Dr. Zouli Bonkoungou informed members of the Technical Working Group about recent developments within the Community and activities and programmes undertaken by the Commission under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).
Read the full article here

Source: ECOWAS, 18 September 2019
ESA Signatories of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement Prepare for Negotiations in October

Member States of the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) signatories of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement held an internal meeting from 20-22 August in Cape Town, South Africa to prepare for the negotiations on the strengthening of the ESA - EU interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EU - iEPA). The group, which consists of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe (ESA – 5) harmonised and coordinated their positions in advance of the first joint negotiations with the EU at technical level which will be held in Mauritius from 3-4 October 2019.
H.E. Mr. Marcus Cornado, EU Ambassador in South Africa, expressed, in his opening statement at the meeting in Cape Town, the EU’s appreciation for the commitment of the ESA-5 to negotiate the deepening of the iEPA and to move the EU-ESA partnership to a higher level. He also welcomed Comoros to the negotiations as a member of the ESA iEPA group and confirmed that the EU will be committing additional funds.
In his opening remarks, H.E. Mr. Haymandoyal Dillum, Ambassador of Mauritius in Belgium and Chair of the ESA-5 countries, welcomed all the participants and thanked the EU for its continued support to the ESA-5. He further reiterated the commitment of the ESA-5 countries to negotiate a modern and ambitious development-oriented trade agreement with the EU, despite the globally challenging trade environment.
Welcoming this new development, Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department at the Brussels-based African, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat, congratulated Ambassador Dillum and the members of ESA-5 on this step ahead to further the negotiations, calling it: “A new and long-anticipated development in EPA negotiations, in terms of responding to calls by  Member States  and the ACP Secretariat for the widening and deepening of the concluded iEPAs.
Read the full article here

Source: ACP Secretariat, 18 September 2019

Key resources

Animal Feed Action Plan

The regional animal feed action plan was formulated through a consultative and participatory process building on experiences and lessons learnt by wide spectrum of key stakeholders in public and private sectors, notably, policymakers, traders, pastoralist and farmers' organizations, civil society, NGOs, and the development partners. It builds on the earlier consultative experience sharing workshop on feed by USAID, ILRI, IGAD and FAO in the region.
The plan provides broad opportunities for partnerships with producers, governments, and private sector, development and humanitarian organizations at the national and regional levels. It provides a guided approach to collectively tackle the problems of animal feed and pave the way for sustainable production of quality animals and products while improving competitiveness, profitability and ensuring sustainable feed resource management for the entire Eastern African region.
The aim of the action plan is to provide guidelines to communities, countries, private sector and livestock stakeholders to optimally utilize the available feed resources in East Africa to increase the supply as well as improve the quality of animals, products and by-products and to maximize the economic and social benefits of the livestock sector

Source: FAO, September 2019

Blockchain for digital government

In less than ten years from its advent in 2008, the concept of distributed ledgers has entered into mainstream research and policy agendas. Enthusiastic reception, fuelled by the success of Bitcoin and the explosion of potential use cases created high, if not hyped, expectations with respect to the transformative role of blockchain for the industry and the public sector. Growing experimentation with distributed ledgers and the emergence of the first operational implementations provide an opportunity to go beyond hype and speculation based on theoretical use cases. This report looks at the ongoing exploration of blockchain technology by governments. The analysis of a group of pioneering developments of public services shows that blockchain technology can reduce bureaucracy, increase the efficiency of administrative processes and increase the level of trust in public record keeping. Based on the state-of-art developments, blockchain has not yet demonstrated to be either transformative or even disruptive innovation for governments as it is sometimes portrayed. Ongoing projects bring incremental rather than fundamental changes to the operational capacities of governments. Nevertheless, some of them propose clear value for citizens.

Source: EU Science Hub, 2019


Science-policy-citizen nexus for Development policies"
InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference
Wednesday 2 October 2019,
12:30 – 14:00
Brussels, Belgium
European Committee of Regions Conference: "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030 – Putting citizens at the centre of the implementation strategy".
02 October 2019
9:00 - 13:00
Room JDE 52, Rue Belliard 99
1040 Brussels, Belgium
European Week of Regions and Cities
More than six thousand people from all over Europe are expected to join the European Regions and Cities, this year under the headline "Regions and Cities: Pillars of the EU's Future".
7-10 October 2019
Brussels, Belgium
Registration Info
Food 2030: Nourishing people and nurturing the planet through sustainable health diets for all
Event organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
16 October 2019
From 13:00
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Briefing n.58 - Africa's Agriculture Trade in a changing Environment
23 October 2019
09:00 - 13:00
Brussels, Belgium

The 2019 EU Agricultural Outlook Conference
The Conference is a key annual opportunity for European stakeholders to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges that lie ahead.
10-11 December
Brussels, Belgium

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