April 19, 2017
The annual AFRACA Central Bank Roundtable and Policy meeting delved into risk-sharing financing mechanisms in African agriculture.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, agriculture accounts for 70% of the labour force and between 25% and 70% of the GDP in most countries. However, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB), less than 3% of total commercial bank lending goes into the agricultural sector in Africa. A major constraint facing farmers in investing in sustainable land use management at scale and increasing quality food production is lack of access to financing.
About 100 members of agricultural cooperatives from 16 regions of Madagascar, in addition to 100 representatives of the government, the private sector and international NGOs, gathered at the Cooperative Leadership Forum in Antananarivo at the end of February 2017. The event was jointly organised by CTA and NCBA-CLUSA (National Cooperative Business Association, Cooperative League of the United States of America) and supported by the Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development (MIDSP).
February 9, 2017
Torba aims to be the first organic Pacific island province by 2020
One way to promote healthy eating habits within communities is to produce and consume local nutritious food. In the province of Torba, on the island of Vanuatu, Father Luc Dini, a community leader and head of the local tourism council, is envisioning a healthier future for his people. The aim is to permanently ban imported junk food and make Torba Vanuatu’s first organic province by 2020.
"Grain agribusiness in West Africa: “What market instruments and public policies are needed to enhance the fluidity of the regional grain market in the ECOWAS region?” That is the subject of the regional conference organised by CTA, the West Africa Farmers' organisation Network (ROPPA), the West African Grain Network (WAGN) and the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA) from 29 November to 1 December 2016 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Around 200 participants are expected to share their experiences and best practices, and propose ways of promoting cross-border grain value chains in West Africa.