Two members of the WRF participate in the Public Forum of the WTO (World Trade Organization), held on 28, 29 and 30 September in Geneva, under the theme "Global Problems, Global Solutions: Towards better global governance."
The World Rural Forum has sent a press release to Medias about the Stops EPAs Day. The EPAs are the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the ACP (Africa, Caribe and Pacific) countries.
The Farm Model of Arkaute was the scene of ProAfrica Group's meeting. This initiative brings together most Basque NGOs, which participated in development projects in Africa. Its main aim is to coordinate and seek synergies between NGOs and African institutions and organism, for sensitizing the society and the Basque public administrations on the problems and realities of this great continent, which is so punished.
Father Iñaki Bereciartua, better known as "Father Berechi", has visited the head quarter of the World Rural Forum. Father Berechi is a Jesuit from Basque Country and lived in India since 1961, where has conducted many social development projects. His main contribution is the foundation of the NGO Action and Development in the Third World, which works in the region of Dediapada in India.
This year The VII Congress of Agrarian Economy has been organized by The University of Almeria.
The EU has announced that this week will close the negotiations with Colombia and Peru, about economic agreements. It appears that there will be agreements in all respects, except for tariffs on bananas. Whose problem "persists" and should be resolved in the meeting that World Trade Organization will celebrate in Geneva, EU sources said.
The network of Peasant and Producers organizations in West Africa (ROPPA) has members in 13 different countries and deserves a great international relevance. ROPPA is a member of the IFAD´s Farmers Forum, and has been recognized as a dynamic and trustable federation. We have received also the adhesion of the East Africa Farmers´ Federation, a growing and reliable force. Both Federations have a very relevant presence in their respective regions.
More than 20 civil society organisations from across Europe (included World Rural Forum) that are actively engaged in monitoring and campaigning on the EU trade agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries – the so-called Economic Partnership Agreements –, have written the new Members of European Parliament to share two papers .
Attached you will find the two papers: a short briefing which introduces EPAs to those not yet familiar with the agreements and a more in-depth paper, drawing on detailed evidence from ACP countries and explaining a number of key issues towards which we believe the EU needs to change its approach.
Remote tribes in dense tropical forests or frozen polar wastes are keepers of a vast treasurehouse of healthful, nutritious foods ; many with extraordinary properties; that more affluent societies can only envy.
This is among the main findings of a recent book, Indigenous People's Food Systems, co-published by FAO and McGill University's Centre for Indigenous People's Nutrition and Environment (CINE). Says Barbara Burlingame, FAO Senior Nutrition Officer, Nutrition Assessment and Nutrient Requirements, "This book shows the wealth of knowledge in indigenous communities, in diverse ecosystems, and the richness of their food resources."