European Union pledges support for Ghana’s fisheries sector

GHANA - The Fisheries sector in Ghana is set to receive support from the European union with a motif of contributing to food security, improving nutrition and livelihoods of the fishing communities in the country. According to GNA, the fishing sector in Ghana has been facing challenges mostly resulting from the unrestricted fishing and weak…

EU and FAO sign US$13.6m deal to support global food security in Gambia

GAMBIA – The European Union (EU) and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), alongside its partner agencies have signed a US$13.60 million deal to support programs designed to address food security as well as rural development. According to The Point, the proceeds will go towards supporting three separate programmes with the first one…

WFP promotes local nutritious foods to reduce malnutrition in Tanzania

TANZANIA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has embarked on a nationwide campaign to promote use of local nutritious foods in a bid to alleviate malnutrition among communities in Tanzania, according to the IPP media. Speaking during the launch of a the Oysterbay Farmers Market (OFM) nutrition month in Dar es salaam, Michael Dunford, the…

South Africa to impose 35.3% safeguard duty on EU bone-in chicken

SOUTH AFRICA - South African Revenue Service has published notifications that seek to impose a 35.3% safeguard duty on EU bone-in chicken imports with immediate effect, something that is likely to affect the competitiveness of the commodity in the South African market. A GAIN report by USDA suggests that the European Union, which was the…

Tanzania receives US$115m European Union funding to boost agriculture

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has received US$115.91 million (Tsh265 billion) from the European Union to enhance productivity and competitiveness in the Agricultural sector. According to the Citizen, the programme dubbed ‘agri- connect’ would focus on key agricultural sectors such as horticulture, coffee, tea as well as food production and nutrition security. During the…

Union of European Soft Drinks Association sets new sustainability packaging goals

EU - The Union of European Soft Drinks Associations (Unesda) has set new sustainable packaging goals, including a commitment to ensure that 100% of soft drinks plastic packaging across the EU will be recyclable by 2025. According to FoodBev, other commitments made by the Union include a target to ensure that PET bottles used for…

Mondelez adopts contingency plans as businesses prepare in case of a hard Brexit

EUROPE – Mondelēz International, owners of the iconic British chocolate brand Cadbury’s, has begun stockpiling ingredients and finished products like chocolates and confectionery to avoid the potential pitfalls of a no-deal Brexit scenario. According to FoodingredientsFirst, many businesses are adopting contingency plans in case of a hard Brexit as the clock continues to count down…

EFSA to review potential hazards and safety levels of food contact material bisphenol A

EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has unveiled a new working group of scientific experts to evaluate recent technological data on the potential hazards and safety limits of the food contact material bisphenol A (BPA). The re-assessment, set to start this month will be carried out by EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials,…

France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

EU and Eastern Europe drought causes damage to wheat, maize and barley crops

EUROPE - The drought in many regions of the European Union and Eastern Europe has caused significant damage to wheat, maize and barley crops, according to FAO of the United Nations. FoodingredientsFirst reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that the prices of these crops could remain under upward…