Brussels, 2 Feb 2016. At the end of 2015 the European Commission launched an “Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa”. At the Valetta summit on migration, the European community recognised the need to address economic and development resilience in the countries of origin. The new fund builds financially on other existing aid assistance instruments. Politically, it builds on the EU Neighborhood Policy goals and the Africa –EU Strategic Partnership. The fund, as of November 2015, has over €1.8 Bio available at its disposal.

Rome, 11 Jan 2016. FAO just released its report ‘The State of Agriculture Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2015-2016. This year the topic of the report corresponds strongly with the topic of the Annual General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform and is focusing on ‘Trade and food security: achieving a better balance between national priorities and the collective good.’ The report recognises that global trade in agricultural and food products has grown rapidly with more and more countries engaged in this trade as importers and/or exporters. The report is divided in four parts, focusing on the changing nature of agricultural trade, the linkages between trade and food security, the support of trade to food security and the way towards improved governance for trade and food security.

Online, 5 Jan 2016. United Nations Development Programme released its annual development report 2015. The report focuses on the importance work plays for human development and special attention is paid to the agricultural sector and the rural space. As almost a billion people work in agriculture and more than half a billion family farms produce more than 80 percent of the world’s food, the work in the sector is of extreme importance to human development.

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