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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 17, 2014

The 2014 Day of eradication of poverty is marked by the theme: “Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty.” It is once again an occasion for the international community to draw awareness to the need to eradicate poverty in the world and to offer solutions to this challenge.

“On this day we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty - and plan for a world where no-one is left behind. Our aim must be prosperity for all, not just a few.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Increasing prosperity across the ACP regions is at the core of CTA’s mission. And it is reflected in all the Centre’s activities.

Improving agricultural value chain development

One of CTA’s key strengths is helping farmers' organizations to build their capacity along the value chain. CTA promotes inclusive value chain development and puts a firm focus on smallholder farmer participation. “We have proven that when small farmers are clustered into groups, if you take 10 small farmers with three acres, the output is three times that of a person with the same single acre because of the intensity of management, coordination, production, family labour, etc.”, Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator, CaFAN

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Access to finance is a major stumbling block for those in agriculture and rural development. To promote the need for better access to credit and reduction of financial risks, CTA co-organised an international conference (Fin4Ag) in July 2014 in Nairobi with over 750 participants advocating the need to redefine current business and regulatory finance models.

“If you took the big picture in Africa, the value of agriculture products is over 260 billion euros. This is not a small number. Why is that not enough collateral for the banks to line up to the farmers and say, "Plant more. We want more business." That's a challenge.”, Daniel Gad, CEO Omega Farms

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Special dossier on revolutionising agrifinance in Spore:

ICTs offer opportunities for youth in agriculture

Agriculture faces a serious threat in the years ahead. The average age of farmers in many ACP countries is 60 years. Conscious of this, CTA has focused its attention on supporting opportunities for youth engagement in agriculture through ICTs. Its successful initiatives which include the AgriHack Talent contest and the Yobloco Awards, which are organised with partners, offer support to ICT innovations and entrepreneurship by youth in agriculture.

"There is an undisputed need to engage youth in agriculture. Encouraging young ICT innovators to develop services for agriculture contributes to this. It also contributes to improving the image of agriculture and offers opportunities to modernise the sector.” said CTA Director Michael Hailu.

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Through its 30th anniversary campaign “Knowledge is prosperity“, the Centre aims to raise awareness of building rural communities capacities with knowledge for fighting poverty.

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