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Leading Cocoa And Chocolate Companies Join Together To Help Cocoa ...

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 ...

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.”

“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
Treasury Wine Estates
Gwendolyn.Cheong@tweglobal.com
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Newspaper Review: Confirming Lieberman’s Appointment, ...

Confirming the appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as a Israel's 'Defense' Minister and detaining a Palestinian following an alleged stabbing attack in Tel Aviv hit the front page headlines in the dailies.

The three dailies reported that the Knesset (Israeli parliament) approved the appointment of Lieberman as Israel 'Defense' Minister.

The dailies also reported that a Palestinian minor was detained by Israeli police after he allegedly stabbed a soldier in Tel Aviv.

Al-Ayyam also reported that Israeli police also detained three Palestinians for being suspected of involvement in an alleged stabbing attack against two elderly Israeli women earlier this month in East Jerusalem.

The large-scale Israeli detention raids across the West Bank also hit the front page headlines in the dailies.

The dailies reported that Israeli forces detained at least 24 Palestinians, including a woman and minors, from the West Bank. Al-Ayyam reported 20 Palestinians were detained.

Highlighting other Israeli forces and settlers' assaults against Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza, al-Quds reported that settlers fenced off four ancient rock-hewn villages in the northern West Bank district of Salfit.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that Israeli forces forcefully displaced tens of Palestinian families from their residential structures in the Jordan Valley purportedly to make room for military drills.

Al-Quds reported UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrA�henbuhl as announcing that UNRWA's financial deficit was reduced from 81 to $74 million.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Hamas-affiliated police officers denied a delegation from the Ministry of Education from observing the progress of ongoing high school exams (Tawjihi) in Gaza.

Source: Wafa

PRESIDENT ZUMA TO LEAD INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

The 1st of June is International Children's Day and President Jacob Zuma will lead the national celebrations at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, in the City of Tshwane, Gauteng Province.

International Children's Day is observed annually on the 1st of June around the world to honour children's rights as per the proclamation of the 1925 World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland.

In South Africa, the day also coincides with the Child Protection Week Campaign which this year is observed from 29 May until 05 June under the theme "Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward".

The Child Protection Week campaign is organised to mobilise society to protect, develop and nurture children. It also seeks to raise awareness and assist parents, child care givers, guardians and the entire society to be vigilant and partner with government in protecting and creating a safe and secure environment for children.

President Zuma is scheduled to visit and officially open a media centre at the Kingdom Life Children's Centre and later interact with the community at the stadium in Atteridgeville.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Time: 10h00

Venue: Kingdom Life Children's Centre and Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville, Pretoria

Source: Department of Social Development Republic of South Africa

South Africa: 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:

- Reducing travel costs and distances;

- Preventing further development of housing in marginal places;

- Increasing urban density to reduce sprawling;

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

- 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%.

Source: SAnews.gov.za.

South Africa: Four SA Golfers Take On World’s Best Juniors in ...

Four of South Africa's leading golfing lights will line up against a host of foreign nations in the Ciputra Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Championship in Indonesia this week.

The junior quartet tasked to fly the flag for South Africa in the 10th edition of this global showpiece include Symone Henriques and Caitlyn Macnab from Womens Golf South Africa (WGSA) and South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB) pair Hilmi Mallick and Cole Stevens.

Sixteen-year-old Mallick will star in the Boys A Competition (ages 15-17) and 14-year-old Parkview junior Stevens is competing in the Boys B Competition (ages 13-14).

The boys competitions tee off on Tuesday, while the girls get underway on Wednesday.

Henriques from Glenvista - named Womens Golf South Africa's Most Improved Junior Player of the Year for 2015/2016 - is competing in the Girls A competition (ages 15-17) and Macnab from Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate in the Girls B competition (ages 13-14).

Glenvista's Henriques (15), Macnab (14) and Mallick from Rondebosch Golf Club have all arrived in North Jakarta carrying some great form following recent team events at home.

Macnab made a pivotal contribution to Ekurhuleni's runaway victory in the Challenge Trophy, while Henriques was instrumental in helping Gauteng's C-team to a runner-up finish in the B-Division at the 72-Hole Teams Tournament at Middelburg Country Club last week.

Mallick was equally impressive in his debut for the Presidents Team in the Challenge Cup at Parkview Golf Club a fortnight ago.

The juniors arrived at Damai Inda Golf at the weekend and had their first look at the Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) Course on Monday.

'We heard that the area has experienced a lot of rain in recent weeks,' said WGSA vice-president Sally Greasley, who accompanied the minors to Indonesia. 'The length of the course is 6,533 metres for the boys and 5,497m for the girls and it played to its full length in the practice round on Monday. The greens are exceedingly fast and we took note of some very testing pin positions marked for the next three days.

'With water running the length of nearly every fairway of the PIK course, errant tee shots will be severely punished and a hot putter will definitely help you score.'

Greasley said the 10th edition of the Ciputra Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championship has drawn 162 entrants from 16 countries, which is 20 more participants than in 2015.

'This championship attracts the cream of the world's young golfing talent annually,' she said. 'Players have come as far afield as the United States and United Kingdom and this year's field also includes a 17-strong contingent from Australia.

'This is great news for our four players, as this week not only presents a test of their talent, but affords them a wonderful opportunity to gain international exposure while forging new friendships.'

The four juniors who represented South Africa in the prestigious event last year all achieved top 10 finishes.

Current No1 ranked junior Woo-Ju Son finished second in the Girls B-Competition, 2015 Nomads SA Girl's Rose Bowl Championship winner Chiara Contomathios tied for seventh in the Girls A-Competition and SAGDB pair Steven le Roux and Franklin Manchest finished eighth and 10th respectively in the Boys A-Division.

In the picture (left to right) are Symone Henriques (Gauteng), Cole Stevens (Gauteng), Caitlyn Macnab (Ekurhuleni) and Hilmi Mallick (Western Province)

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA’S COMPETITIVENESS

South Africa has moved up a notch in terms of its overall competitiveness, says The 2016 Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY).

The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook is the leading annual report on the competitiveness of nations and has been published by IMD since 1989. The report compares the performance of 62 countries based on more than 300 criteria measuring different facets of competitiveness.

The rankings are drawn from a combination of hard data and the results of an Executive Opinion Survey. Productivity SA is the information partner for the IMD in South Africa.

According to the WCY, South Africa improved its global ranking in terms of competitiveness from 53 in 2015 to 52 in 2016. The slight improvement is not despite the continuing challenges faced by the country such as climate change and water scarcity, which threaten the sustainability of growth.

Looking at the BRICS countries, South Africa has performed better than Brazil, which ranked 57th, China also experienced a drop in 2016 rankings, although it is still the leading country in BRICS. Russia and India have improved their rankings in 2016 to 44th and 41st places respectively.

The WCY rates the ability of industrialised and emerging economies to create and maintain an environment that sustains the competitiveness of enterprises. Country data is evaluated through distinct criteria, grouped into four competitiveness factors, namely: government efficiency, business efficiency, economic performance and infrastructure.

Economic performance has declined from 49 in 2015 to 54 in 2016.

Government efficiency's performance remained stable, remaining at 40 in 2016. Government ranked 35 in 2014, however for 2015 and 2016 the ranking remains at 40.

Business efficiency's performance ranking has improved fairly well with a ranking of 47, which is up five places from the 52 recorded in 2015.

Infrastructure has shown minimal improvement with an improvement from the position of 55 in 2015 to move a notch higher in 2016 at 54.

In the 2016 edition rankings, China and Hong Kong share the first spot, Switzerland second and the USA third, with Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Canada completing the top 10.

When economic performance changes from year to year, perceptions are longer-term and shift more gradually. They can also lead to a virtuous circle of better image and better economic performance.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK