Financing agriculture for a more profitable rural economy

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Financing agriculture for a more profitable rural economy

Farmers and other actors in agricultural value chains find it difficult to access or provide the financial services the sector needs – services that are critical for the development of agricultural products, and are integral to upstream and downstream processes. At the Brussels Development Briefing Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains, experts considered innovative solutions that could improve the livelihoods of smallholder and rural producers, and promote economic transformation in the poorest ...

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How farmers are making the most of digital technologies in East Africa

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How farmers are making the most of digital technologies in East Africa

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer unprecedented opportunities to transform agriculture in Africa. ICT innovations are opening up exciting opportunities for young entrepreneurs to engage at various stages of the agricultural value chain, from developing solutions that make the agri-food sector more productive to setting up services that facilitate market access for smallholder producers. The stories told here show that ICTs are enabling farmers to access information about everything from ...

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Going to scale with ICTs for agriculture

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Going to scale with ICTs for agriculture

The huge potential of ICTs for agriculture (ICT4Ag), from increasing agricultural yields to helping farmers get a fairer price for their produce, is well documented. Technologies such as SMS applications, mobile banking and satellite data have been used successfully to give agricultural stakeholders access to farm mapping, weather data, marketing tools, financial credit, advice from extension workers, and social networks, among other things. These technological applications are capable of reaching ...

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There Are 120 French Businesses In Nigeria – Ambassador

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The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to France, Dr. Modupe Irele, on Monday disclosed that there were currently about 120 French businesses located in different parts of Nigeria. Irele told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that Nigerians were also prepared to go into partnership with more French companies in adding value to Nigerian products. She said: “Nigeria is France’s largest trading partner in Africa. There are currently approximately about 120 French businesses that are active in Nigeria.

Building the evidence base on the agricultural nutrition nexus: Samoa

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Building the evidence base on the agricultural nutrition nexus: Samoa

Food and nutrition security (FNS) is high on the global policy agenda and is of special significance for the African, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) region. Several pathways have been identified for achieving the desired FNS outcomes. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has prioritised strengthening the linkages between nutrition and agriculture as one of the three key areas for 2015 and beyond in Africa, the Caribbean ...

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High-level EU team arrives in Jamaica

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Stefano Manservisi, director-general for International Cooperation and Development in the European Commission, based in Brussels, is leading a high-level European Union team to Jamaica, starting today. Foreign Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, in a release yesterday, said Manservisi will lead the high-level delegation to Kingston from February 1 to 2 for regional and bilateral talks with several high-level government representatives from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

Namibia has harmful tax system – EU

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Namibia will remain on the European Union blacklist as long as it refuses to ratify the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's convention and abolish harmful preferential tax regimes. The EU blacklisted Namibia last year, together with countries like Panama, South Korea, Macau, Barbados, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates for failing to deal with illicit financial flows. The OECD is an inter-governmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. According to the Outcome of Proceedings for the Council of the European Union dated 5 December 2017, Namibia is not a member of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.

Czech experience in development aid: Listen to the locals

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Conflicts, poverty and drought have forced hundreds of thousands of Africans to leave their homes. Czechs are among the Europeans who go there to give them a helping hand, which can take the form of seed potatoes, textbooks or even simple advice on how to nurture their children appropriately.There are more than 218 million people living in extreme poverty in Africa. The European Union therefore invests millions of euros to improve the living conditions of Africans and to limit their mass migration to the north. The financial assistance provided to Africa by the EU then turns into real and concrete aid – for example, in the form of sweet potato seedlings, wells or school buildings.

EU, AU pledge to support Zim

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The European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) have both pledged unwavering support to President Mnangagwa’s Government in its efforts to reintegrate Zimbabwe into the international community and reforms to place the economy on a growth trajectory. AU chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat will visit Zimbabwe soon to assess how the AU can support the country in its preparations for harmonised elections, to be held by June this year and renewed efforts to have illegal sanctions imposed by the West lifted.

Vegetable exports from Ghana resume

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CABI’s work in partnership to improve Ghana’s phyosanitary systems means vegetable exports worth $15 million a year are continuing once again after the lifting of a Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission ban imposed in 2015. The lifting of the suspension, imposed due to concerns about the management of four quarantine pests including false codling moth, whitefly, thrips and fruit fly, means Ghana is exporting chili peppers, bottle gourds, luffa gourds, bitter gourds and eggplants to Europe once more.

EU urges Ghana to add value to produce

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The Head of European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana, Mr William Hanna, has urged Ghanaian exporters to add value to their products in order to attract lower tariffs on the European market. “Europe today already buys your high quality products and we want to buy more if you add value to your products here in Ghana, by processing them so that you do not face higher tariffs,” he stated. Mr Hanna said that in an interview with the media in Accra last Thursday to explain further the Ghana-EU Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Namibia resumes poultry imports from Belgium

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Namibia has lifted a ban on poultry from Belgium after outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu in the Western European country caused trade to be suspended in June, the government said on Wednesday. Namibians, who consume an estimated 2,500 tonnes of chicken each month, have only one commercial supplier able to supply between 1,800 and 1,900 tonnes and the country relies on imports to meet demand.

Co-investment in ecosystem services: global lessons from payment and incentive schemes

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Co-investment in ecosystem services: global lessons from payment and incentive schemes

This publication discusses key lessons from various development stages of landscape stewardship for ecosystem services provision. It focuses in particular on agricultural landscapes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, which have not featured prominently in existing literature. It provides new insights that support development practitioners with appropriate leverage points so that they may increase the potential of payment for ecosystem services (PES) schemes to deliver the desired outcomes. It also ...

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Leveraging ICT innovations to support farmers and farmers’ organisations

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Leveraging ICT innovations to support farmers and farmers’ organisations

The data revolution is helping us make better decisions in all areas of our lives, and farmers are no exception. However, the smallholder farmer is being left behind as more data applications are developed for commercial farming. There is a need to better empower smallholder farmers to leverage information and communications technology (ICT) innovations for greater productivity and efficiency.

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Aflatoxin and the agriculture – nutrition nexus in Africa

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Aflatoxin and the agriculture – nutrition nexus in Africa

Aflatoxins are a silent threat to health on the African continent. They are a group of mycotoxins – poisonous chemicals produced by fungi on crops that they colonise. Fatal in large amounts, in smaller concentrations aflatoxins harm humans, animals, birds and fish. The fungi that produce aflatoxins infect many of the cereals, legumes, oilseeds, roots, tubers, spices and nuts which are widely grown and eaten in Africa, placing aflatoxins at the ...

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Strengthening local food production and trade in the Caribbean

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Strengthening local food production and trade in the Caribbean

Two decades ago, countries belonging to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) imported 54% of their food. By 2011, the figure had risen to 71% and the food import bill now exceeds US$4 billion a year. To counter this trend, Caribbean countries have pledged to increase domestic food production and reduce their reliance on imports.This will be good not just for the balance of payments, but for the health of ...

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Mapping livestock value chains in the IGAD region

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Mapping livestock value chains in the IGAD region

The study provides CTA with recommendations on the types of value chains to be supported and information on particular nodes that CTA could be involved in. It focuses on the IGAD region, which includes eight member states: Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, and on a select number of livestock commodity value chains. The study obtained data and information from ongoing and recently completed programmes.

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Farmer profiling: Making data work for smallholder farmers

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Farmer profiling: Making data work for smallholder farmers

The study presented in this report was commissioned by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) as a member of the Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, and was conducted by SB Consulting (SBC4D). The objective of the research is to understand the role of farmer organisations (FO) and cooperatives in the agriculture data ecosystem. These organisations have long been recognised to play an important ...

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€4 billion EU pledge for small business

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The European Union, has pledged more than €4 billion for small business startups for young people. The Union will work closely with many African governments to implement its grant program. The grant program to run annually and will prioritize agriculture, science and technology innovations that promote economic growth and job creation. Most grants will be given under these three categories. Over 200 young people across have so far received average grants of €5,000 Euro that focus on Climate innovation technologies in the last year.

German business agency renews business ties with Zambia

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Zambia stands in a stronger path of attracting millions of dollars in FDI compared to other countries in the southern region due to its tested history of peace and political stability, an influential German business association has said. During a courtesy call paid on Ambassador Anthony Mukwita’s offices on Axel -Springer-Strasse in Berlin, Mr. Christoph Kannengiersser, CEO and Director General of the German-African Business Association (GABA) known by its local name of V Afrika-Verein said all Zambia has to do now is to continue using its good name abroad to woo investors to pump money into the southern African country.