Innovate for agriculture: Young ICT entrepreneurs overcoming challenges and transforming agriculture

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Innovate for agriculture: Young ICT entrepreneurs overcoming challenges and transforming agriculture

The report introduces 30 young innovators, 21 featured with full stories, and nine other "innovators to watch". They come mainly from countries including Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Jamaica, Senegal, Tanzania. The publication presents a multidimensional picture of the emerging field of ICT entrepreneurship in agriculture in developing countries. It describes challenges but also successes already achieved. It contains advice for aspiring agtech entrepreneurs as well as ...

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Lessons for sustainability – Failing to scale ICT4Ag-enabled services

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Lessons for sustainability – Failing to scale ICT4Ag-enabled services

ICTs have undoubted potential to boost agricultural production and value chains in ACP countries. But many efforts to introduce ICTs for this purpose have not been sustainable. What can we learn from their experiences? The stories in this booklet stress the importance of understanding the intended users, ensuring economic viability, fully promoting the service, and making sure the technology offered is the right solution to the problem.

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2015 - A year in review: Advancing agricultural transformation

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2015 - A year in review: Advancing agricultural transformation

With 2015 came the start of a new strategic plan for CTA, entitled Sowing Innovation, Harvesting Prosperity. The plan, which is discussed in this review, will guide the Centre’s valuable work up until 2020 towards a greater emphasis on agribusiness development, climate-smart agriculture and nutrition-sensitive agri-food systems. The year also saw CTA securing new sources of funding, working to scale up ICTs to benefit large numbers of farmers and ...

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Production and processing of moringa

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Production and processing of moringa

Sometimes called “the tree of life” or “the tree of paradise” due to its exceptional environmental, medicinal and dietary benefits, the moringa is a multi-purpose tree whose leaves, flowers, fruits, bark and roots can all be directly consumed. Its nutritional qualities are becoming increasingly recognised and could represent an effective solution in combating malnutrition.

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In search of fair trade

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In search of fair trade

The narratives of people in this booklet tell the story of how structured trade has changed lives of smallholders in Eastern Africa. It is a story of hope for millions of disadvantaged farmers and for consumers, but it is also a cautionary tale – when a trader in Nakuru lost his access to the local warehouse, the trading system collapsed, to the detriment of farmers, traders and financiers alike. Talk to ...

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Quail farming in tropical regions

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Quail farming in tropical regions

Although quail farming is known for its relative simplicity, low space requirements and financial resources as well as being subject to ever growing demand, it remains a marginal activity by comparison with the potential it offers.
As an excellent way to increase income, it can be practised on a small or large scale. This guide is an outreach tool to encourage small-scale farmers to get involved in rearing quail and ...

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Production and processing of pineapple

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Production and processing of pineapple

A herbaceous, perennial and heliophile plant, and a member of the Bromeliaceae family, the pineapple has significant nutritional, commercial and industrial potential. Mainly grown for its fruit, the pineapple can be consumed fresh, dried or processed into preserves, drinks or vinegar.
This manual on the production and processing of pineapples is intended for small and medium sized pineapple producers and processors, as well as extension agents in this subsector. While ...

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Climate change and Pacific Island food systems

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Climate change and Pacific Island food systems

Climate change in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) is projected to have significant impacts, including rising sea-levels, more violent tropical cyclones and droughts. Fish stocks in the tropical regions of the Pacific are expected to be directly affected by any changes that may occur in the ocean’s ecosystem. The four alternative scenarios of the future of the Pacific food systems that are reported in this booklet provide important ...

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How can Africans trade more with other Africans?

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Western multinationals used cheaper labour in underdeveloped countries to manufacture products that relied on inputs from all over the world and technologies developed in their more expensive labour markets. Studies now suggest these advantages are being lost. Labour is no longer as cheap in many places.

Seychelles: New EU-Funded Fishery Project

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A European Union-funded project to build a fish market and gear store on La Digue, the third-most populated island of Seychelles, has begun. The project costs $201,000 (2.7 million Seychelles rupees) and will benefit over 60 fishermen on the island.

Main events for the week: 27 March - 2 April 2017

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European Parliament

27 - 30 March: European Parliament Committee Meetings

Council of the EU and European Council

27 - 28 March: Justice and Home Affairs Council
29 March: Coreper I andII
31 March: Coreper I

Other events

31 March: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference "PanAfGeo: an unprecedented pan-African training programme"

Brussels Briefing 48: Rural – Urban Linkages in Africa

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Senior experts and policymakers presented important lessons and opportunities for African countries to strengthen linkages between rural and urban areas at a Brussels Briefing which took place on Monday 20th March 2017. The event, held under the title of “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa”, attracted a wide audience of over 130 participants representing the ACP and EU diplomatic and development communities present at the ACP Secretariat, and an online audience of over 100 following via Webstream. It was organised by CTA, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Agency (GIZ), the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and Concord (the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development).

ACP Regional Trade & South-South Cooperation news

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The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

COMESA 53m Euros trade facilitation programme almost complete

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The formulation of projects under the COMESA trade facilitation programme to be financed under the 11 European Development Fund has entered the home stretch. This follows the conclusion of a two day regional workshop for member States to validate the identified projects. The programme has an allocation of 53 million Euros out of a total of 85 Million Euros provided by the European Union in support of COMESA regional integration programmes. The overarching goal of the trade facilitation programme is to make trade transactions easier, quicker, more efficient and less costly, thereby enhancing trade flows.

Brexit ‘may mean huge loss for EU as global donor’

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Britain’s departure from the EU will challenge the bloc’s role as the world leading aid donor, and could see EU aid shrink by up to 3%, according to an authoritative new study by the European Parliament. The EU is the world’s largest aid donor, and the UK in absolute terms, is the second biggest, giving some $18.7bn.

10th EDF TBT Programme Is A Resounding Success

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Media representatives and members of national bureaus of standards in CARIFORUM member countries participated in a close-out regional press conference on Thursday, March 23, which was geared at highlighting the numerous successes of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Technical Barriers of Trade (TBT) Programme. The overall objective of the 10th EDF Programme was to support the beneficial integration of the CARIFORUM states into the world economy, to support regional cooperation and the development efforts of the Caribbean, in an effort to meet the requirements under the current Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and CARIFORUM.