On 9 and 10 July 2014, the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Cambodia, H.E. Jean-Francois Cautain visited the EU-funded Annâdya project implemented by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in partnership with the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC). The Ambassador was accompanied by Mrs. BY Sokunthea, Project Manager at the EU Delegation in Cambodia and several journalists.
The findings of a United Nations trade facilitation study of Nepal's export of cardamom to and import of rice from India were discussed by agricultural trade stakeholders at a national consultation which highlighted key bottlenecks to the bilateral trade. The review of the Business (Trade) Process Analysis (BPA) study conducted by the Trade and Investment Division (TID) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) identified cumbersome trade procedures and high transport cost among impediments to both rice import and cardamom export. Quality inspection for export cardamom was identified as another bottleneck to agricultural trade facilitation between the two countries.
An assessment by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has identified key constraints to Myanmar's agricultural trade with West Africa and Malaysia. The findings of the Business (Trade) Process Analysis (BPA) study by the ESCAP Trade and Investment Division (TID) of Myanmar's rice exports to West Africa and palm oil imports from Malaysia were reviewed and discussed at a national consultation on 7 May 2013. Some key trade facilitation issues identified relate to cumbersome banking processes, excessive documentation and complex tests for importing palm oil.
The diagnostic study using the Business (trade) Process Analysis (BPA) methodology, commissioned by the Trade and Investment Division (TID) of ESCAP focused on the export of jute hessian bags from Bangladesh to India and the import by Bangladesh of wheat from India. The national stakeholder consultation on 14 March 2013 provided an opportunity to validate and discuss the study's findings on business processes and procedural bottlenecks to the export and import of hessian bags and wheat, respectively.
By 2050, the world population is expected to reach 9 billion and demand for food to increase by 60 per cent. However, about one-third of global food production, a staggering 1.3 billion tons, goes waste every year. Post-harvest losses occur all along the food production chain – harvest and handling; storage and processing; and packing and transportation. A comprehensive strategy to reduce post-harvest loss is needed to ensure adequate food supply for the growing world population.
On 20 July 2014, twenty smallholder farming community representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar will set out on a six-day educational journey to Thailand to learn about good practices and technologies in sustainable agriculture. The initiative, to be followed by a similar visit in Cambodia from 4 to 9 August 2014, will be a valuable opportunity for participants to observe sustainable agricultural practices at first hand, interact with local farmer champions and later, to promote the adoption of these practices in their own communities.