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.
At the European Development Days (EDDs) in Brussels, on 7 June 2017, a joint statement committing to the new European Consensus on Development was officially signed by the European Union and its Member States. The Consensus lays out the core principles that will direct the EU and its member states’ approach and cooperation with developing countries in achieving the 2030 sustainable development agenda.
At a small ceremony held at CTA headquarters in Wageningen on Friday, June 30, 2017, both CTA and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance and intensify cooperation between the two organisations. This MoU provides a framework for the organisations to cooperate in activities where there is a mutual interest especially in the area of benefiting agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
Associations and organisations of African farmers can be turned into modern and competitive enterprises that still preserve cooperative principles by applying six steps. This allows the development of autonomous, democratic and farmer-owned organisations that can also boost rural employment and agri-business in Africa as shown in a recent study.
Agribusiness, youth and women entrepreneurship, regional trade and ICT4Ag were the key themes of five panel debates that CTA organised with its partners during the 2017 European Development Days (EDD). CTA director, Michael Hailu, reflects on the discussions during the forum, both within and outside the CTA sessions.
Partners in the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation’s (CTA) regional flagship project have unveiled country plans for promoting weather-index insurance and drought-tolerant crop varieties as part of resilient solutions for smallholder farmers to cope with climate change.
Alice Kachere is more a smart than a lucky farmer. Last year, a scorching drought and floods destroyed livestock and crops, leaving many farmers in Malawi food insecure.
On the outskirts of the capital Lilongwe in the central region of Malawi, many farmers are celebrating a bumper harvest, thanks to good rains after years of drought. Kachere from Kalumbu village, 30 km south east of Lilongwe, is one of them.
Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator ARD Policy, was interviewed following the launch of the CTA Southern Africa Flagship Project which aims to build smallholder farmers’ resilience through the adopting of climate smart agriculture solutions.
June 21, 2017
Fiji National Roundtable Workshop
CTA and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO), in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) organised a 2-day national workshop on 'Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands' on 28–29 June 2017 in Suva, Fiji.
Join the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in our efforts to help young entrepreneurs in offering innovative ICT services to support the agri-food sector. We are looking for investors to support Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017. It will be organised in collaboration with organisations including the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), the EIC Corporation (Côte d'Ivoire), Agribusiness TV, ProHaus Group (USA), Wennovation (Nigeria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Benin), Suguba (West Africa), CTIC Dakar (Senegal), CIPMEN (Niger), Woelab (Togo) and Jokkolab (Côte d'Ivoire/Africa).