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The Irish Presidency of the European Union is well underway, with an ambitious development programme and a notable focus on hunger, nutrition and resilience. Gay Mitchell MEP, and Ireland’s Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, gathered development stakeholders together last month to celebrate a remarkable agricultural coalition combating hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa – an Ethiopia-based food security project, centered on the potato.
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By bringing top decision-makers from leading institutions, international development agencies and over 33 national governments affected by food insecurity to the table, and by setting up targets for the Post Millennium Development Goals, the SUN initiative is becoming a cornerstone in the fight to reduce hunger.
Last week capacity4dev launched the updated Food & Nutrition Security – ROSA group. Laura Gualdi, Programme Manager for Food Security at EuropeAid, shares her thoughts on the importance of knowledge management tools and the advantages of integrating the ROSA (Réseau Opérationnel de Sécurité Alimentaire) network into a wider platform.
James McNulty is a Seconded National Expert working with the European Union Delegation to Zambia. In this Voices & Views, he shares what he learned about the practical application of conservation agriculture from local farmers.
In this first ‘Voices& Views’ for capacity4dev.eu’s Food and Nutrition Security week, EuropeAid’s Jean Pierre Halkin draws attention to the fact that food security and, increasingly, nutrition, are at the top of EU, G8 and G20 Agendas, and outlines some of the measures that the European Union is taking to support these complex issues.
While visiting Resilience and Food Security related projects in Ethiopia last month, Marcus Cornaro, Deputy Director General of EuropeAid, was so struck by the people he met, and their stories of challenge and success, that he used his smartphone to film and document what was happening around him.
During a high level panel on sustainable agriculture held at the European Development Days 2012, experts said that world hunger has diminished worldwide, but it will only continue to do so if farmers are trained to implement agro-ecology principles using such techniques as agroforestry, conservation agriculture and the proper application of fertiliser.
Climate change is a devastating reality in Tanzania where higher temperatures are resulting in regular droughts and the rapid melting of the snowy peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Difficult lives are getting even tougher, so the European Union Delegation to Tanzania has come up with an innovative eco-village.
Per capita electricity consumption in Africa is well below the average for residents of the European Union but that doesn’t mean that the continent is short of sustainable power-generating potential, according to a report published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.
While the European Union is developing Galileo and operating EGNOS, the two first European satellite navigation systems, the potential benefits of using these technologies for the socio-economic development of the African continent were presented recently in Brussels.

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