Last week was held a Seminar-Workshop "Rights of Indigenous Peoples and their viability in a globalized world," prepared by Radio ERBOL and Latin American Association for Radio Education (ALER). CIPCA was present at the event as a participant.
A lack of domestic processing plants is preventing Cambodian agriculture exports from directly reaching end-market buyers and allowing its neighbours Thailand and Vietnam to reap the economic benefits of the Kingdom’s harvests, a senior Ministry of Commerce official told delegates at a two-day government-backed trade-facilitation workshop that opened Tuesday.
The World Rural Forum (WRF) held its second Board of Directors of the year, which assessed the actions carried out in respect of the Campaign for the International Year of the Family Farming and the dozen projects launched in the first semester in Africa, Asia and South America.
The International Food Policy Research Institute-IFPRI has published a new report analyzing the role of grain price exports increases, which caused the crisis in food prices in recent years.
A study by Laurence Roudart, Free University of Brussels, at the request of the French Ministry of Agriculture has shown that the world has enough arable land not cultivated to feed the entire population.
Cambodia's government, with the help of international lenders and foreign investors, is funneling investment into the country's vast rural areas. Although the development projects are welcome in this impoverished country, there are worries that they also set the stage for the displacement of the poor.
The European Union (EU) has added €13.2 million to its funding of FAO's efforts to boost agricultural production in developing countries worst hit by high food prices. This brings the total amount of the EU "Food Facility" funds channeled through FAO to an unprecedented €228 million.
The World Rural Forum has sent a letter, along with eight other organizations, asking the European Development commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, taking into account the voice of farmers' organizations, especially in these times of food crisis.
European agriculture ministers met in Mérida to discuss the future of the CAP. The meeting showed the two positions that exist in this regard. France and Germany are committed to continue, while the United Kingdom calls for a reduction and reorientation of the CAP budget.
Experts in the fields of agriculture and international trade analyzed the 2007-08 food price spikes and arrived at recommendations for policy responses to potential future spikes in agricultural prices during a seminar held by the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), and the University of Barcelona (UB).