Daily Archives: October 19, 2016

Le secteur mondial du cacao se réunira à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire, pour discuter du développement durable les 26 et 27 octobre

Cette Rencontre annuelle de partenariats, organisée par la World Cocoa Foundation et le Conseil du Café-Cacao, aura lieu au sein du principal pays producteur de cacao au monde

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, le 19 octobre 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rejoignez les leaders mondiaux dans le cadre d’une rencontre organisée sur deux journées, afin de répondre aux problématiques critiques en matière de développement durable auxquelles est confronté le secteur du chocolat et du cacao. Organisée par la World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) et le Conseil du Café-Cacao, cette rencontre fera intervenir plusieurs orateurs éminents du secteur, parmi lesquels des représentants de gouvernements, de la société civile, du monde universitaire, d’instituts de recherche, du secteur public et du secteur privé.

ÉVÉNEMENT : La 28e Rencontre de partenariats et Foire du développement durable du cacao de la World Cocoa Foundation constitue une opportunité permettant de partager les toutes dernières avancées visant à garantir un meilleur développement durable du secteur du cacao, et à améliorer les moyens d’existence des exploitants agricoles, qui abordera plusieurs thèmes parmi lesquels la déforestation, le changement climatique, l’inclusion financière, et d’autres sujets. Cette Rencontre de partenariats marque une première pour la WCF en Côte d’Ivoire, producteur de cacao leader à l’échelle mondiale, et sera axée sur le thème : « Peuples, planète et profits au sein d’un monde en évolution. » La CocoaAction, stratégie de développement durable du secteur, constituera un thème majeur lors de la Rencontre de partenariats, qui proposera des conversations axées sur l’alignement et la mise à l’échelle.

Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus et consulter le programme de la rencontre. La Rencontre de partenariats sera twittée en direct par@WorldCocoa, en utilisant le hashtag #WCFPM.

DATE : le mercredi 26 octobre et le jeudi 27 octobre 2016

LIEU : Radisson Blu
Abidjan-Port Bouët
Route de l’Aéroport d’Abidjan
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

INTERVENANTS : Plus de 60 orateurs lors de la Rencontre de partenariats, parmi lesquels :

  • Le président de la Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara* invité
  • La Première dame de Côte d’Ivoire Dominique Ouattara
  • Le ministre ivoirien de l’Agriculture Mamadou Sangofowa Coulibaly
  • Stephen Opuni, directeur général du Comité du cacao au Ghana
  • Barry Parkin, président du Conseil d’administration de la World Cocoa Foundation
  • Rick Scobey, président de la World Cocoa Foundation
  • Massandjé Touré-Litse, directeur général du Conseil du Café-Cacao de Côte d’Ivoire

À propos de la WCF : La World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) est une association de membres internationale qui promeut le développement durable dans le secteur du cacao. La WCF fournit aux cacaoculteurs le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour cultiver un cacao de meilleure qualité, tout en renforçant socialement et économiquement leurs communautés. Les membres de la WCF comprennent des fabricants de cacao et de chocolat, des transformateurs, des gestionnaires de chaînes logistiques, ainsi que d’autres sociétés à travers le monde, représentant plus de 80 pour cent du marché mondial du cacao. Les programmes de la WCF bénéficient aux exploitants agricoles et à leurs communautés dans les régions de culture du cacao en Afrique, en Asie du Sud-Est, et sur le continent américain. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur www.worldcocoafoundation.org ou suivez-nous sur Twitter et Facebook.

Global Cocoa Sector to Convene in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for Sustainability Discussions October 26-27

Annual Partnership Meeting, hosted by World Cocoa Foundation and Le Conseil du Café-Cacao, will occur in world’s leading cocoa producing country

ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Join global leaders for a two-day meeting to address critical issues facing sustainability in the chocolate and cocoa sector. The meeting, hosted by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and Le Conseil du Café-Cacao, will feature prominent speakers across the sector, including government, civil society, academia, research institutes, public, and private sector representatives.

WHAT: The World Cocoa Foundation 28th Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair is an opportunity to share the latest developments toward ensuring greater sustainability in the cocoa sector and improving farmer livelihood and will address topics including deforestation, climate change, financial inclusion, and more. This Partnership Meeting marks WCF’s first in Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s leading cocoa producer and is centered on the theme: “People, Planet, Profit in a Changing World.” CocoaAction, industry’s sustainability strategy, will be a major topic at the Partnership Meeting, with conversations focusing on alignment and scale.

Click here for more information and to view the meeting agenda. The Partnership Meeting will be live tweeted from @WorldCocoa using meeting hashtag #WCFPM.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27, 2016

WHERE: Radisson Blu
Abidjan-Port Bouët
Route de l’Aéroport d’Abidjan
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

WHO: More than 60 Partnership Meeting presenters including:

  • President of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara* invited
  • First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire Dominique Ouattara
  • Côte d’Ivoire Minister of Agriculture Mamadou Sangofowa Coulibaly
  • Stephen Opuni, Chief Executive, Ghana Cocoa Board
  • Barry Parkin, Chairman, World Cocoa Foundation
  • Rick Scobey, President, World Cocoa Foundation
  • Massandjé Touré-Litse, Director General, Le Conseil du Café-Cacao of Côte d’Ivoire

About WCF: The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector. WCF provides cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and socially and economically strengthen their communities. WCF’s members include cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global cocoa market. WCF’s programs benefit farmers and their communities in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.worldcocoafoundation.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Labour hosts Major Hazards Installation workshop, 21 Oct

Labour hosts a Major Hazards Installation Workshop to advocate compliance

The Department of Labour will on Friday (October 21) host a Major Hazard Installation (MHI) Regulations workshop to create awareness on the requirements of new regulations in order to improve compliance with MHI workplaces.

The main purpose of the MHI Regulations is to protect the employees and the public, and at the same time plan for major incidents/disaster that may result from major incidents. The department will also use the workshop to improve relations with co-regulators and stakeholders in the MHI environments.

Major Hazard Installations refers to – installations where any substance is produced, processed, used, handled or stored in such a form and quantity that it has the potential to cause a major incident or an occurrence of catastrophic proportions, resulting from the use of plant and machinery, or from activities at a workplace.

The major hazard installations are found mostly in most sectors, but commonly in petrochemical works/facilities and refineries, chemical works and production plants, compressed air manufacturers/users such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), nitrogen gas, medical oxygen, hydrogen gas, and chemical stores and distribution centres

Some of the hazardous substances will include explosives, flammable liquids, flammable solids, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive substances and corrosive substances.

More than 200 delegates are expected to attend the workshop which will include departmental officials, interested and industry stakeholders.

Preceding the workshop has been an inspectors training hosted by the department’s MHI sub-directorate which started on October 17 and will run until October 20.

A total of 25 Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) inspectors from all provinces will be trained on MHI regulations requirements. Some of the topics to be covered during training include: the requirements of Globally Harmonised System (GHS) classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals and the full implementation of the GHS by 2020; MHI inspection (administrative) and supporting documents that should be checked by inspectors. The training also include (d) visits to MHI installations.

The MHI workshop will be held at the Protea Hotel, OR Tambo in Boksburg. It will start at 8h30am.

Tibor Szana, Department of Labour Chief Inspector: Occupational Health and Safety will deliver a keynote address. The seminar will also be addressed by departmental experts on MHI, explosives, and OHS matters. There will also be presentations from labour federations; experts from Health & Environment Consultants; – Approved Inspection Authority (AIA), Local Government; Environment and Risk Consultants (ERM- AIA) and the South Africa National Accreditation System (SANAS).

Source: Government of South Africa

Ambassador Ndumiso Ntshinga briefs media on South Africa’s role in AUPSC, 20 Oct

South Africa’s Ambassadors to the AU and SADC to brief the media

South Africa was elected as a member of the AU Peace and Security Council during the AU Summit held in Addis Ababa in January 2015. South Africa’s Ambassador to the African Union, Ambassador Ndumiso Ntshinga, who also serves as South Africa’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, will brief the media on South Africa’s role within the AUPSC and other matters in the continental organisation relating to South Africa’s Foreign Policy.

Within the region, South Africa has been elected as the incoming chair of SADC for the year August 2017- August 2018. The election took place in the last SADC Summit held in Swaziland in August 2016. Ambassador Mdu Lembede, South Africa’s Ambassador to Botswana who also accredited to the SADC, will brief the media on the current developments within the region.

Media are invited as follows:

Date: Thursday, 20 October 2016

Time: 11h00

Venue: Media Centre, OR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale.

NB: Due to security measures at DIRCO, members of the media are advised to RSVP to MtshaliP@dirco.gov.za, and provide the following information: full names, media house, and designation and ID/passport number.

Source: Government of South Africa

UNCERTAIN RAINFALL PREDICTED FOR LATE SPRING IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has advised that while rainfall is uncertain in the late (Southern hemisphere) spring, it is expected to be above normal in mid-summer.

According to the seasonal forecast issued by the South African Weather Service dated 30 September, rainfall is uncertain during late spring. Towards mid-summer, rainfall is expected to be above normal but the level of uncertainty remains high with marginal confidence, the department said in a statement here Tuesday.

In its climate advisory for the 2016/17 summer season, the department said mostly warmer-than-normal temperatures were expected during late-spring to mid-summer. It, however, called on dryland summer crop farmers to wait for sufficient moisture before planting.

It added that dryland summer crop farmers should wait for sufficient moisture before planting and stay within the normal planting window. They were also advised to be conservative in their planting, in terms of planting density, cultivar and area being planted.

The farmers should consider drought-tolerant cultivars, including sorghum and maize, where possible, said the department.

Irrigated land farmers should reduce the planting area, in line with water restrictions in their areas. Farmers should follow the weather and climate forecast regularly so as to make informed decisions.

The department advised livestock farmers to continue to take precautionary measures already in place. These include provision of additional feed, livestock reduction in accordance with available grazing land, provision of enough water points on the farm where possible, as well as shelter during bad weather conditions.

The risk remains high for conditions conducive to veld fires, as the veld is dry in areas with sufficient biomass. Farmers are encouraged to maintain firebreaks and adhere to veld fire warnings. Episodes of localised flooding resulting from thunderstorms are likely and measures should be in place, the department said.

Heat waves have been reported in some areas and are likely to recur. Measures to combat these should be in place.

Farmers are encouraged to implement measures provided in the early warning information issued such as: using grey water where possible; harvesting water during rainy days; scheduling irrigation plans in accordance with water restrictions and irrigating in the early morning or late afternoon; and proper veld management practices to preserve agricultural resources.

The department said many areas of the country are still experiencing drought from the 2015/16 summer, although in some provinces, the drought began before then.

Generally, the veld (open grassland) remains poor [and] livestock is in poor condition but reasonable in areas where there were interventions, e.g. provision of feed and licks. Winter crops are in reasonable to good conditions. Farm dams have dried up in most areas and the levels of major dams are low in all provinces compared to the previous season.

Source: Nam News Network