November 15, 2017
13th African Dairy Conference & Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dairy is one of the fastest growing agricultural sub-sectors in Eastern Africa, making the region the leading milk-producer in Africa. The region is a buzz for innovations in the dairy sector. However, many of these innovations are not shared with industry actors or do not influence the value chain widely. This document presents several innovations in the East African dairy sector that are inspiring examples for further dairy developments in Africa.
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.
October 14, 2017
PWA 2017 - Tuesday, 17th October 2017 (PM) & Wednesday, 18th October 2017 (AM)
This interactive PWA side event will be used to build the foundation for fostering shared commitment among actors to joint actions that enhance VC performance and provide sustainable income and growth opportunities for farmers and other value chain actors in the Pacific. More specifically mechanisms for improving coordination and spurring innovation in policy and practice for upgrading Pacific priority value chains will be explored.
CTA and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) have launched an investment guide for the sweet potato sector in Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries as part of a wider project to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region and help them obtain finance.