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Leading Cocoa And Chocolate Companies Join Together To Help Cocoa Farmers Adapt To Weather And Climate Impacts

New Partnership in West Africa and Latin America Focused on Industry’s Sustainability

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) announced today the launch of its new program designed to strengthen collaboration between the public and private sector to address the threat climate change poses to cocoa sustainability and the many livelihoods the sector supports. The WCF-led partnership brings together ACDI/VOCA, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the world’s leading chocolate and cocoa companies. The announcement was made by WCF’s Acting President Tim McCoy during a presentation at Penn State’s Frontiers in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality, Productivity and Sustainability meeting.

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This partnership is an unprecedented effort involving numerous stakeholders across the cocoa value chain to develop solutions to climate and weather variability and deforestation, which pose critical economic, social and environmental threats to millions of smallholder cocoa farmers, national economies of cocoa producing countries, and the global cocoa and chocolate industry. West Africa accounts for more than 70% of global cocoa output, while Central America’s cocoa sector is smaller but has been growing rapidly in recent years. Climate modeling suggests that various regions may need to change crops and cropping strategies, or implement adaptive management practices, in order to maintain cocoa supply and viable livelihoods.

WCF Acting President, Tim McCoy said: “Addressing climate change is an important priority for the cocoa and chocolate industry, farmers, small businesses and national governments in origin producing countries, and the broader international community. Addressing this issue today will help prepare for tomorrow and will build the foundation for a strong private sector platform. Investing in climate smart cocoa is a critical step in ensuring greater sustainability in the cocoa sector and positions our industry to respond to the realities of climate change discussed at COP21 in Paris last year.”

The program builds on existing industry commitments to increase cocoa productivity among smallholder producers in countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Liberia as well as the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. With support and expertise from USAID and ACDI/VOCA, private sector partners will develop a common strategy to address climate’s impacts on cocoa and develop innovations to assist farmers in adapting to changing weather patterns, such as research and development of climate resilient planting material, improved farming practices, and new agroforestry models. The program will also focus on the challenge of deforestation in cocoa growing regions, and will include collaboration with technical experts such as the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) on ongoing research on climate modeling and deforestation mapping.

CIAT’s Theme Leader on Linking Farmers to Markets, Mark Lundy, said “Climate change will have significant impact on cocoa in West Africa with the majority of effects projected to occur by 2030. This means that cacao planted today will need to adapt to changing rainfall patterns as well as higher temperatures during its productive lifespan. This new initiative is critical because it inserts solid climate projections for cocoa into private sector decision-making processes, allows for dialogues with public agencies and donors, and prioritizes collective investment plans to ensure a resilient cocoa sector that benefits farmers, companies and consumers into the future.”

WCF member companies involved in the partnership include Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Ecom Agrotrade, The Hershey Company, Lindt & Sprüngli, Mars, Inc., Nestlé, Olam International Ltd, and Touton. The partnership contributes to the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, which supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that can reduce hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

About WCF:  The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector by providing cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and strengthen their communities.For more information, visit www.worldcocoafoundation.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About USAID : The U.S. Agency for International Development leads the U.S. Government’s efforts to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies, including the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. For more information, visit www.feedthefuture.gov 

 

Les sociétés leaders des secteurs du cacao et du chocolat s’unissent pour aider les cacaoculteurs à s’adapter aux impacts des conditions météorologiques et du climat

Un nouveau partenariat en Afrique de l Ouest et en Am érique latine ax é sur la durabilité du secteur

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvanie, le 31 mai 2016 /PRNewswire/ — La World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) a annoncé aujourd’hui le lancement de son nouveau programme destiné à renforcer la collaboration entre les secteurs public et privé, afin de répondre à la menace du changement climatique sur le développement durable du cacao, ainsi que sur les nombreux moyens de subsistance soutenus par le secteur. Ce partenariat dirigé par la WCF réunit l’ACDI/VOCA, l’agence américaine pour le développement international (USAID), ainsi que les sociétés leaders mondiales des secteurs du chocolat et du cacao. Cette annonce a été formulée par Tim McCoy, président intérimaire de la WCF, dans le cadre d’une présentation effectuée lors de la réunion intitulée Frontières entre la science et la technologie en matière de qualité, de productivité et de développement durable du cacao et organisée par l’Université Penn State.

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Ce partenariat constitue une démarche sans précédent impliquant de nombreuses parties prenantes de la chaine de valeur du cacao, afin d’élaborer des solutions face à la variabilité du climat et des conditions météorologiques ainsi qu’à la déforestation, qui soulèvent des menaces économiques, sociales et environnementales majeures pour des millions de petits cacaoculteurs, pour les économies nationales des pays producteurs de cacao, ainsi que pour l’industrie mondiale du cacao et du chocolat. L’Afrique de l’Ouest représente plus de 70 % de la production mondiale de cacao, tandis que le secteur du cacao en Amérique centrale, qui enregistre une production inférieure, a connu une croissance rapide au cours des dernières années. Il est possible que la modélisation du climat oblige de nombreuses régions à changer de cultures et de stratégie de cultures, ou à mettre en place des pratiques de gestion évolutives afin de maintenir l’offre de cacao ainsi que des moyens de subsistance viables.

Tim McCoy, président intérimaire de la WCF, a déclaré : « La réponse au changement climatique constitue une priorité importante pour les secteurs du cacao et du chocolat, les agriculteurs, les petites entreprises et les gouvernements nationaux des pays producteurs d’origine, ainsi que pour la communauté internationale dans son ensemble. Le fait de répondre à cette problématique dès aujourd’hui contribuera à préparer l’avenir et à bâtir les fondations d’une solide plateforme du secteur privé. Le fait d’investir dans un cacao respectueux de la problématique climatique constitue une étape clé afin de garantir une plus grande durabilité du secteur du cacao, et place notre industrie en position de répondre aux réalités du changement climatique évoquées lors de la COP21 à Paris l’an dernier. »

Ce programme s’appuie sur les engagements existants du secteur consistant à accroitre la productivité du cacao parmi les petits producteurs de plusieurs pays tels que la Côte d’Ivoire, le Ghana et le Libéria, ainsi que la République dominicaine, le Salvador, le Honduras, et le Nicaragua. Grâce au soutien et à l’expertise de l’USAID et de l’ACDI/VOCA, les partenaires du secteur privé développeront une stratégie commune afin de répondre aux impacts du climat sur le cacao, ainsi que plusieurs innovations destinées à aider les agriculteurs à s’adapter aux changements météorologiques, telles que la recherche et le développement en matière de matériel végétal résistant au climat, des pratiques de cultures améliorées, ainsi que de nouveaux modèles agroforestiers. Le programme se focalisera également sur le défi de la déforestation dans les régions cultivatrices de cacao, et prévoira une collaboration avec des experts techniques, tels que le Centre international d’agriculture tropicale (CIAT), qui effectue des recherches continues en matière de modélisation du climat et de cartographie de la déforestation.

Mark Lundy, responsable du thème Relier les agriculteurs aux marchés du CIAT, a déclaré : « Le changement climatique aura un impact significatif sur le cacao en Afrique de l’Ouest, étant prévu que la majorité des impacts engendrés surviennent d’ici à 2030. Ceci signifie que le cacao planté aujourd’hui devra s’adapter au changement des schémas pluviométriques, ainsi qu’à la hausse des températures au cours de sa durée de vie productive. Cette nouvelle initiative constitue une démarche indispensable dans la mesure où celle-ci intègre de solides projections en matière de climat pour l’industrie du cacao dans les processus de décision du secteur privé, favorise le dialogue entre les agences publiques et les donateurs, et établit des priorités sur les plans d’investissement collectifs afin de garantir la résilience du secteur du cacao, qui profitera à l’avenir aux agriculteurs, aux entreprises et aux consommateurs. »

Parmi les sociétés membres de la WCF participant au partenariat figurent : Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Ecom Agrotrade, The Hershey Company, Lindt & Sprüngli, Mars, Inc., Nestlé, Olam International Ltd, et Touton. Ce partenariat participe à l’initiative du gouvernement américain sur la faim dans le monde et la sécurité alimentaire, baptisée Feed the Future, qui soutient les pays partenaires dans le développement de leurs secteurs agricoles afin de favoriser la croissance économique et le commerce, qui sont susceptibles de réduire la faim, la pauvreté et la malnutrition.

À propos de la WCF :  La World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) promeut le développement durable dans le secteur du cacao en fournissant aux cacaoculteurs le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour cultiver un cacao de meilleure qualité tout en renforçant leurs communautés. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur www.worldcocoafoundation.org ou suivez-nous sur Twitter et Facebook.

À propos de l’USAID  : L’Agence américaine pour le développement international dirige les efforts du gouvernement américain visant à éradiquer l’extrême pauvreté, ainsi qu’à promouvoir des sociétés démocratiques résilientes, notamment l’initiative du gouvernement américain sur la faim dans le monde et la sécurité alimentaire, baptisée Feed the Future. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur www.feedthefuture.gov .

CONTACT : Jackie Marks, wcf@worldcocoa.org, +1 (202) 737.7870

Wolf Blass Scores with Manchester City Football Club

Iconic Australian wine brand partners with one of the English Premier League’s most exciting teams  

SINGAPORE, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Australian wine brand Wolf Blass, announced today a multi-year marketing partnership with Manchester City Football Club, making Wolf Blass the Official Wine Partner of Manchester City Football Club for Asia, Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Mexico.

Wolf Blass and Manchester City Signing Ceremony – Damian Willoughby, VP Director of Partnerships, APAC, City Football Marketing and Robert Foye, President and Managing Director, Asia and MEA, Treasury Wine Estates.

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The partnership will see Wolf Blass further expand the brand’s sports sponsorship footprint in the region following recently signed agreements with the National Basketball Association in China, and professional baseball organizations in Japan and Korea.

Through the multi-platform agreement, Wolf Blass will engage fans in key markets via an exciting consumer campaign that will include in-store promotions, co-branded merchandising, giveaways, digital and social media activations, as well as consumer events.

Robert Foye, President and Managing Director of Asia, MEA and Latin America, at Treasury Wine Estates, the owner of Wolf Blass wines, said: “Wolf Blass has a long association with competitive sports and a passion in the chase for success. So we are thrilled to be involved with the number one sport globally, and one of the most popular and successful football clubs in the world.”

Wolf Blass and Manchester City Signing Ceremony.

“Through this partnership with Manchester City FC, Wolf Blass will bring to life our global brand campaign ‘Here’s To The Chase’, which celebrates the bold pursuit of triumph. We look forward to joining Manchester City in their bid to win more trophies, and celebrate their growing success with our iconic Wolf Blass wines.”

Chris Hatcher, Wolf Blass Chief Winemaker, said: “As one of the most awarded wineries in Australian history, Wolf Blass is always striving for the absolute pinnacle of wine-making, just as Manchester City constantly strives to play the most beautiful football in the world”.

Damian Willoughby, VP Director of Partnerships, APAC at City Football Marketing, said: “Wolf Blass is a pioneer in their industry whose commitment to quality, character and consistency echoes our own. Our new partnership offers us an exciting opportunity to connect with fans and consumers and we are looking forward to working with Wolf Blass as we both continue to grow in new and imaginative ways.”

Wolf Blass and Manchester City Signing Ceremony.

As the Official Wine Partner of Manchester City , Wolf Blass will have access to one of the most passionate and highly engaged base of football fans in the world. With more than 240 million fans in Asia, Middle East and Africa, along with millions of followers across the Club’s growing social media presence, Manchester City provides an unprecedented platform for new and existing consumers to engage with Wolf Blass wines and share in the spirit of the chase for success.

For more information, please visit www.mcfc.co.uk

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Gwendolyn Cheong
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New horizons for SA’s urban spaces

South Africa’s grand plan to change the face of urban development is set to create vibrant spaces that are geared towards inclusive living and growth in the country’s towns and cities.

South Africa recently adopted the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), which was approved by Cabinet on 26 April and announced by President Jacob Zuma on Freedom Day, 27 April 2016.

On Tuesday, the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Andries Nel, said the IUDF will steer urban growth towards a sustainable model of “compact, connected and coordinated towns and cities”.

“The IUDF marks a new deal for South African cities and towns. It provides a roadmap to implement the National Development Plan (NDP) vision for spatial transformation – creating liveable, inclusive and resilient towns and cities, while reversing the apartheid spatial legacy,” he said.

The Deputy Minister was speaking at the 2nd African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

The forum is an annual gathering that affords capital cities in Africa the opportunity to work together and learn from each other in developing and implementing innovative solutions for creating sustainable African cities.

Deputy Minister Nel used the occasion to shed more light on IUDF and its role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11 of creating cities that are liveable, safe and resilient.

The Deputy Minister said the IUDF addresses issues such as densification, the delivery of basic services, infrastructure development and rural-urban linkages. Through the plan, government aims to promote urban resilience, create safe urban spaces and ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable groups are addressed.

“The IUDF provides key principles and policy levers for creating better urban spaces. The framework recognises that the country has different types of cities and towns with different roles and requirements.

“The IUDF must be implemented in locally relevant ways that also promote sustainable rural development and strengthen rural-urban linkages. The framework proposes that jobs, housing and transport should be used to promote urban restructuring, as outlined in the NDP,” he said.

Transforming the urban landscape

The objective is to transform urban spaces by:

o Reducing travel costs and distances;

o Preventing further development of housing in marginal places;

o Increasing urban density to reduce sprawling;

o Improving public transport and the coordination between transport modes; and

o Shifting jobs and investment towards dense peripheral townships.

Deputy Minister Nel said achieving urban spatial transformation will require all spheres of government, the private sector, labour, civil society and citizens of municipalities to work together.

“The successful implementation of this vision requires that the country must clarify and relentlessly pursue a national vision for spatial development; sharpen the instruments for achieving this vision and build the required capabilities in the State and among citizens.”

Rapid urbanisation in Africa, Asia

According to the United Nations (UN), 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and this will increase to 66% by 2050.

Continuing population growth and urbanisation will add two and a half billion people to the world’s urban population by 2050. Ninety percent of this increase will be in Asia and Africa.

The UN also noted that Africa is expected to be the fastest urbanising region between 2020 and 2050. By 2050, most of the world’s urban population will be concentrated in Asia with 52% and Africa with 21%.

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Sudan deports asylum seekers fleeing repression in Ethiopia, Eritrea

For years, Ethiopia’s extensive restrictions on free speech and political rights have caused citizens to flee arbitrary detention, torture and politically motivated prosecutions. Thousands are believed to have fled into neighbouring countries, including Sudan, because of abuses associated with the crackdown.

The Sudanese authorities deported at least 442 Eritreans, including six registered refugees, to Eritrea in May 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. Sudan denied the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) access to identify those who wanted to claim asylum and also denied the agency access to 64 Ethiopians still in detention who risk deportation.

“Sudan is arresting and forcing Eritreans back into the hands of a repressive government without allowing refugees to seek protection,” said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher and advocate at Human Rights Watch. “Sudan should be working with the UN refugee agency to protect these people, not send them back to face abuse.”

Eritrea, ruled by an extremely repressive government, requires all citizens under 50 to serve in national or military service indefinitely, often years longer than the 18 months authorized by law. Anyone of draft age leaving the country without permission is perceived to be a deserter, risking imprisonment in often inhumane conditions, as well as forced labor and torture. UNHCR considers the punishment so severe and disproportionate that it constitutes persecution and a basis on which to grant refugee status.

For years, Ethiopia’s extensive restrictions on free speech and political rights, as well as intermittent crackdowns on protest movements, have caused citizens to flee arbitrary detention, torture and politically motivated prosecutions. Since November, security forces have killed hundreds of students and others during protests throughout Oromia state. Thousands of people are believed to have fled into neighboring countries, including Sudan, because of abuses associated with the crackdown.

International law forbids countries from deporting asylum seekers without first allowing them to apply for asylum and considering their cases. This right applies regardless of how asylum seekers enter a country or how long they have been in a country before claiming asylum. International law also prohibits the deportation, return, or forced expulsion of anyone to a place where they face a real risk to their life, or of torture or ill-treatment.

According to UNHCR, on May 6 the Sudanese authorities arrested 377 people in the Sudanese border town of Dongola as they tried to cross to Libya. Among them were the 313 Eritreans, including six who had already registered as refugees in Sudan, and 64 Ethiopians, none of whom were registered refugees. All were tried and convicted of “illegal entry” into Sudan. Sudan deported the Eritreans, including 14 children, on May 22, and continues to detain the Ethiopians.

A credible source said UNHCR asked the Sudanese authorities for access to the group, but that the request was denied.

Sudanese authorities are entitled to arrest and question Eritreans and other foreign nationals not registered as asylum seekers or who do not have other legal status in Sudan, Human Rights Watch said. However, Sudan is obliged to allow Eritreans and others to lodge asylum claims in Sudan at any time, even if they have already been in the country for some time, and to fairly review those claims.

UNHCR also confirmed that a few days earlier, the Sudanese authorities deported 129 Eritreans to their country. Other sources told Human Rights Watch the group was deported on May 17. A well-known Eritrean activist in Sweden told Human Rights Watch that on May 7, an Eritrean man contacted her and said that his sister and about 130 other Eritreans who had left Eritrea on May 3 had been intercepted and imprisoned by Sudanese security.

The man said that after his sister stopped calling him, he called the Eritrean Embassy in Sudan on May 17 and was told that the Sudanese authorities had deported the group to Eritrea that morning. The man’s mother also told her son and the activist that her daughter and an unspecified number of other people had been deported from Sudan and detained in a rehabilitation prison in the Eritrean border town of Tesseney.

In May and June, 2014, Sudan deported at least 104 Eritreans to Eritrea without first giving UNHCR access to the group, drawing condemnation from UNHCR. And between May and late July 2011, and again in October 2011, Sudan deported more than 300 Eritreans back to Eritrea without allowing them to claim asylum, also drawing the UN refugee agency’s condemnation.

No international agencies are able to monitor the treatment of Eritreans deported to Eritrea or Ethiopia.

According to UN and other sources, throughout 2015 and 2016 between 3,000 and 4,000 Eritreans fled their country each month and claimed asylum in Ethiopia’s and Sudan’s refugee camps, where all but a very small number of refugees are required to live. However, the camp population remained more or less static during that time, indicating that the same number had left the camps.

Thousands of Eritreans use smugglers every year to travel from Eritrea through Ethiopia and Sudan to Libya and Egypt, from where many then try to reach the European Union by boat. Human Rights Watch has documented that thousands were kidnapped and tortured for ransom in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula between 2010 and 2013, in some cases with the collusion of Sudanese and Egyptian security officials.

The EU is in the early stages of working with Sudan and other African countries to tighten their border controls, tackle refugee and migrant smuggling, and improve the lives of potential migrants in those countries. Sudan has said it welcomed the effort, though Human Rights Watch expressed concern about whether Sudan will respect the rights of refugees. Sudan’s security forces have been responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur and other conflict areas and are known for arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment, and torture of detainees.

“If Sudan wants to market itself as a refugee-rights-respecting nation, it’s going about it the wrong way,” Simpson said. “Eritreans, Ethiopians and others who want protection must be allowed full access to fair asylum procedures.”

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