Daily Archives: January 17, 2017

New drought risks in Ethiopia put recovery at risk

New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardize the East African nation’s restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades unless urgent efforts are made to shore up vulnerable households in rural areas, FAO warned today. read more

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World Economic Forum (WEF): Sage CEO laments absence of small business issues at Davos

Anton van Heerden, Executive Vice-President Africa & Middle East at Sage

  • CEO Stephen Kelly says small businesses still being ignored by policy makers as big business flocks to Davos
  • Sage launches Forum for Business Builders to give entrepreneurs a voice

Global research by Sage (www.Sage.com) highlights that only 33% of small businesses feel represented by politicians in their country’s decision making. The data has been published in the run up to the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) where politicians and big business will gather in Davos to debate the global economic picture. Sage CEO Stephen Kelly has lamented the absence of small business issues from the agenda, and called for greater representation, given that in most economies entrepreneurs, or business builders, creates 2/3 of all jobs. read more

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Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Uganda and areas in Germany, India and Japan

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 17) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the State of Bavaria in Germany and Kottayam District in Kerala State of India, and an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Uganda and a notification from the Japanese authorities about an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Gifu Prefecture, the CFS has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above places with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong. read more

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