Food and nutrition security

Ukraine war risks causing African food and energy crisis, says UN official

The knock-on effects of the war in Ukraine risk plunging African states into a toxic spiral of debt distress, food and energy poverty, a senior UN official has told EURACTIV.

Denmark to seek Rwanda cash-for-migrants pact following UK lead

Denmark is seeking its own cash-for-migrants agreement with Rwanda a week after the UK signed its own asylum pact with the East African country.

A year after Chad coup, junta’s promises start to fade

Prospects of a swift return to civilian rule in Chad seem to be fading nearly a year after the son of the country's veteran leader took the helm after his father died fighting rebels.
Global Europe 15-04-2022

Editor’s take: The EU must respond to Moscow’s food diplomacy challenge

Food diplomacy has already become the next front of the crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two countries account for 53% of the world’s trade in sunflower oil and 27% of its trade in wheat. The lessons from...

German FM urges end to Mali’s cooperation with Russia

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned Wednesday (14 April) that European forces would not cooperate with Mali's military while maintaining links to Russia during a visit to the conflict-torn Sahel state.

Spain’s Sanchez visits Morocco as tensions ease

Morocco's King Mohammed VI hosted Spain's prime minister on Thursday (7 April) in a landmark visit ending a year-long diplomatic crisis after Madrid reversed decades of neutrality on the Western Sahara conflict in a U-turn that has angered Algeria.

Nigeria offers to plug EU’s Russian gas supply gap

Nigeria is ready to dramatically increase its gas supplies to Europe, as the bloc urgently seeks alternatives to its current reliance on Russian energy.

South Africa urged to reject EU offer on COVID waiver

Leading economists have urged South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to reject an EU and US compromise that would provide a temporary waiver on the intellectual property rights on COVID vaccines, warning that “a bad deal is worse than no deal".

Energy and climate should be at the heart of EU–Africa relationship

Policy makers need to put energy and climate policy at the heart of a new EU–Africa partnership, write Kandeh Yumkella and Connie Hedegaard.

African states eye EU gas opportunity from Ukraine crisis

As the prospect of a squeeze on Russian gas supplies to Europe, EU states are increasingly likely to need an alternative. One option lies at its southern border.

The Brief – Unequal partners

After two years of waiting, it’s hard to avoid the sense that this week's EU/African Union summit was glossy but painfully light on substance.

Leaders promise ‘new spirit’ of EU-Africa partnership but divides remain

EU and African leaders wrapped up a two-day summit in Brussels on Friday (18 February) with both sides stressing that the promise of a ‘partnership of equals’ and a 'new spirit' of relations would become reality.

Germany seeks key role in new EU-Africa policy

The German government hopes the EU-Africa Summit that ends Friday (18 February) will mark a new beginning in Africa policy, with development and energy policy, in particular, being at the forefront. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 18-02-2022

Commission: EU committed to guiding Africa in raising sustainable food standards

The EU "is there" for African farmers and food producers with development support should the increased European green agriculture standards create trade barriers, according to a Commission official.

A hydrogen strategy for a balanced EU-Africa partnership

The EU must work with Africa to develop hydrogen as part of a broader economic and development cooperation agenda moving beyond resource production and extraction, writes Eleonora Moro.

EU sets out plan to support Africa for the next pandemic

The EU has made a coordinated push to help support African states to prepare their health systems for the next pandemic, but without appearing to give any ground on the main short–term demand of African leaders to allow them to produce COVID vaccines.

France, allies announce Mali withdrawal, plan relocation

France and its European partners involved in the fight against Islamist militants in Mali have decided to start the coordinated withdrawal of their military resources in the country, a joint statement said on Thursday (17 February).

EU, African leaders meet to define ‘partnership’, investment, security ties

European and African leaders come together for a long-delayed EU-Africa summit in Brussels on 17-18 February in an attempt to frame the two neighbouring continents' partnership with a number of initiatives, agreements and investment pledges.
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Whatever is done for Africa without the African people is not for Africa.

A joint declaration of Social Movements and Peasant farmers, Faith-Based Organizations and CSO delivered at the “African People’s Summit” ahead of the 6th EU-Africa Summit, demanding more space for CSO and measures to guarantee land justice and agroecology.

Macron hosts European and African leaders in preparation of Sahel redeployment

The French president welcomed his European and African counterparts to revisit actions to combat terrorism in the Sahel, confirming that the redeployment of French troops in the region is on the horizon.
Politics 16-02-2022

Morocco, Germany renew ties after ‘misunderstandings’

Morocco and Germany agreed Wednesday (16 February) to overcome "misunderstandings" and renew "close amicable relations" after a year-long diplomatic freeze, including over the issue of the disputed Western Sahara.

Open letter: EU must support a just rural transformation in Africa’s Sahel

Growing instability across Africa’s Sahel threatens the livelihoods of millions, promotes migration across the region and to Europe, and puts at risk the very survival of some states, argue H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou and Catherine Chabaud. H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou...

Let’s renew the EU-Africa partnership now!

The European Union - African Union Summit, which is taking place today, is an important milestone. European and African leaders must underline that we depend on each other. A prosperous African future is a prosperous European future, writes a coalition of MEPs.

Europe’s winning formula for spending €150 billion in Africa

The EU's Global Gateway can help create tools to foster Africa-Europe manufacturing value chains that can outcompete China, Michaël Tanchum writes.