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Suva, Fiji: National Roundtable on Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - Friday, 30 June 2017
Suva, Central Division, Fiji

CTA and PIPSO in collaboration with IFAD Regional Office is organizing a workshop with inter-connected round tables to present the project, share evidence generated to date, engage with key stakeholders including the private sector and financial institutions, learn lessons, build synergies and gain buy-in for follow-up priority actions that strengthen public-private-producer partnerships to upgrade and or develop priority local value chains that are nutrition and culturally sensitive and contribute to improving incomes and nutrition outcomes.

30th CTA Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, 29 June 2017 - Friday, 30 June 2017
Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands

The 30th CTA Executive Board will meet at CTA's headquarters in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The meeting will be attended by the board members Professor Baba Y. Abubakar, Professor Augusto Manuel Correia, Dr Helena Johansson, Professor Faustin R. Kamuzora, Professor Clement K. Sankat and Ms Frederike Praasterink.

Agribusiness Investors Forum for Africa

Saturday, 01 July 2017 - Saturday, 01 July 2017
Rome, Lazio, Italy

The European Commission is organising a high-level Investors Forum, bringing together key players in agriculture investment decisions in Africa. The Forum is part of the effort to promote private investment in African agriculture. The role of agriculture as a lever for development and poverty alleviation is widely acknowledged and reflected in many development programmes. Greater investment by the private sector is equally essential for sustainable agricultural growth in Africa over the coming years.

Making Sustainable Agriculture a Future for Youth in Africa

Sunday, 02 July 2017 - Sunday, 02 July 2017
Roma, Lazio, Italy

Ministers of Agriculture from the African Union and the European Union are invited to participate at the Ministerial Conference Making Sustainable Agriculture a Future for Youth in Africa. Considering the key role of agricultural development for structural transformation in Africa, the aim of the conference is to build up political engagement ahead of the Africa-EU Summit, on a common vision on how to generate sustainable, inclusive jobs for African youth in the agri-food sector and rural economy.

The MUIIS Cooperative Platform

Sunday, 02 July 2017 - Saturday, 08 July 2017
Kawanda, Central Region, Uganda

The “MUIIS Cooperative Platform” aims to gather about 150 leaders and managers of agricultural cooperatives (coops) and farmer organisations (FOs) targeted by the MUIIS project, for a 5 day event at NARO-Kawanda.

The Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) is a 3 years project striving to promote smallholder agribusiness innovation in Uganda. The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) through the G4AW Facility of Netherlands Space Office (NSO). It is being implemented by a consortium of partners including EARS (Earth Environment Monitoring), eLEAF Competence Center, The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), and Mercy Corps, with the leadership of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). In addition, the consortium partners work closely with five other implementing agencies: the Ugandan Cooperative Alliance (UCA), the Ugandan National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Agricultural Insurance Consortium (AIC) and Ensibuuko Technologies.

2017 Geo4Africa Summit: Drones for Surveying and Agricultural Advisory Services: New Frontiers for Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Kampala, Central Region, Uganda

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – drones equipped with sensors – offer exciting opportunities for increasing efficiency in the management of land, agriculture and forestry.In Africa, the on-demand generation of high-resolution geospatial data using UAS could be a game-changer for more effective and efficient urban and rural planning, including land titling. UAS also have a role to play in the farming, which needs to become more productive, sustainable and profitable. Here, UAS services can help bring some of the benefits of precision farming to medium- and large-scale agricultural enterprises and to clusters of smallholders. This exciting new technology will create new employment opportunities for educated youth in rural areas, reducing migration to the cities.

Geo4Africa summit 2017: Decision Support System for Small-scale Farmers – the Case of MUIIS Uganda

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Kampala, Central Region, Uganda

MUIIS is an innovative project being implemented by CTA with six other partners in Uganda for a duration of 3 years. It delivers timely bundled service of weather information, agronomic tips and index-based drought insurance to maize, soya bean and sesame farmers across the country to make informed decisions. It utilizes both geodata (satellite) and ground data (local weather stations, farmer profiles, crop calendars, etc.) as the main source of content for the service. It leverages the power of a network of about 200 MUIIS Service Agents (MSAs), a team of agronomists, and a mobile communication platform to reach over 350,000 farmers within the period. 

The session introduces the MUIIS initiative, the principles behind the design of such a system, the progress on the field, the business model, and the potentials for collaboration to ensure sustainability.

Open Data for Sustainable Development in Africa

Sunday, 16 July 2017 - Saturday, 22 July 2017
Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

The 2017 Africa Open Data Conference in Accra, Ghana is set to attract over 600 delegates drawn from all over Africa and the world at large. This auspicious event will push the leadership role of the private sector in supplying, using, and demanding open data; bring together brilliant innovators and visionaries to grow their networks, hone their success, and connect with sources of support; and introduce investors and donors to an expanding sector that seeks and supplies open data to achieve development goals in Africa and across the globe: Gender, Health, Energy, Extractives, Education, Economic Growth, Agriculture & Nutrition, SDGs.

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Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Conference

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium

RPAS 2017 is an international conference addressing RPAS policy & regulatory matters, operational issues, current & future applications, current bottlenecks, technical and performance requirements for civil RPAS (commercial, non-commercial, including governmental non-military), system & subsystem developments, aerial work customer requirements, novel operations, operational experience & lessons learned.

This 19th annual conference is organised within the framework of the European RPAS Roadmap and related ongoing European policy, regulatory, preparatory & awareness creation activities.

Giacomo Rambaldi presents 'Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Agriculture: New Frontiers for Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa' at RPAS.

Ministerial Conference and 4th Agritec Africa Exhibition

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - Saturday, 17 June 2017
Nairobi City, Nairobi County, Kenya

The conference will focus on “Catalyzing Agricultural Transformation for Inclusive Growth” under the theme “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in food and nutrition data.

The conference is a result of a commitment made by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Willy Bett at the September 2016 Global Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit held at the margins of the UN General Assembly, in New York.

During the Summit the Cabinet Secretary accepted a call by GODAN to champion the principles of collaboration and use of open data for agriculture and nutrition and its support for the Comprehensive Agreement on Agriculture and Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in Africa.

Kick-off Meeting for Field Implementation of Southern Africa Flagship Project

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - Thursday, 15 June 2017
Lilongwe, Central Region, MW

The field implementation of activities of the Southern Africa flagship project "Promoting Climate-Resilient Agrifood Solutions in Southern Africa" is ready to commence after some rounds of programme designs and discussions with partners. A formal field kick-off working session will take place in one of the project sites in Malawi to do some site appraisal, fine-tune details of field implementation with partners including the Monitoring and Evaluation plans and baseline. The kick off will involve about a dozen participants. This number include CTA staff and the head and project focal point of the implementing partners in the project countries respectively.

Accra, Ghana: Capitalisation of Experiences Second Workshop

Monday, 12 June 2017 - Saturday, 17 June 2017
Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

A second workshop as part of the “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project will be held from June 12th-16th in Accra, Ghana. This workshop, the final workshop for the anglophone West-African region, will focus on the steps required to share lessons from each case and will build on past capitalisation processes. 

As with the first workshop, also held in Accra in March 2017, this workshop will also be followed by a new round of online contact and support between the project staff and all participants.

EDD 2017: Promoting Inclusive Trade in Africa

Thursday, 08 June 2017 - Thursday, 08 June 2017
Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium

Boosting cross-border trade through simplified trade regimes: Supporting local businesses to address the informal economy in Africa.

Cross-border trade in Africa includes small traders, many of whom are women and youth. The latter especially face a number of challenges including harassment, corruption, excessive charges, impounding of goods, and difficulties in obtaining passports and visas. Many are not aware of the Simplified Trade Regime (STR), which is designed specifically for small traders who regularly transact in low-value consignments and which exempts small consignments of goods from customs duties and other related taxes. The STR programme is meant to benefit the small-scale cross-border traders in employment creation, food security and promotion of cross-pollination of goods within the regions. Hence, the need to empower traders and encouraging formalisation with information on trade provisions such as the STR.

EDD 2017: Investing in Women Entrepreneurs

Thursday, 08 June 2017 - Thursday, 08 June 2017
Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium

Enabling women’s economic participation for sustainable growth and rural development.

Women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and inclusive growth, as described in the UN Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 8. Gender responsive policies, services and business ecosystems are crucial to enable the development and scaling up of female-led enterprises. This, in turn, helps to generate decent work, achieve gender equality, reduce poverty and ensure stronger economies and resilient societies. The number of successful female-led businesses is a testament to women’s contribution to sustainable development and the economy. However, their value remains largely overlooked and their potential untapped. This session will debate winning approaches and best practices to support women’s entrepreneurship in agri-business based on successful cases in entering lucrative markets and business expansion.

EDD 2017: Innovative Agriculture for Next Generation Farms

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - Wednesday, 07 June 2017
Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium

Sparking youth interest in technology-driven agriculture and achieving food security.

This session will seek to stimulate a discussion about the importance of bringing EU and pan-African agriculture into the third millennium and address how 'farming 2.0' innovation can improve food security and boost youth employment in a sector which has recently faced skills shortages and abandonment.

It will look at how technology-driven farming can play a key role in agricultural development over the coming decades to ensure that we can feed the world, given that by 2050 the global population will surpass 9.5 billion and will require 50 % to 70 % more agricultural output to secure food for everyone.

EDD 2017: Youth in Agribusiness: Promoting Job Creation in Africa

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - Wednesday, 07 June 2017
Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium

Leveraging Investment and innovations for Africa’s youth and sustainable economic growth.

There is an urgent need to create jobs and diversify economic activity in Sub-Sahara Africa. It is projected that the continent’s youth population will double to over 830 million by 2050 and 10-12 million youth enter the workforce each year, though only 3.1 million jobs are created. Youth could be a significant asset for Africa if countries can successfully enable their participation in agriculture and agribusiness, as youth are able to generate business opportunities, new skills, technologies, entrepreneurship, and ultimately, also act as consumers. There is, therefore, an urgent need to create opportunities for youth SME’s, with tremendous potential impact. 

We will discuss solutions and innovative approaches demonstrate that investing in Africa agribusiness is a very profitable option.

EDD 2017: Boosting Investment for ACP Inclusive Trade and Development

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - Wednesday, 07 June 2017
Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium

Harnessing investment opportunities to empower ACPs as the world’s next emerging economy.

Sustained economic growth in its member states has heightened global interest in the ACP Group, particularly in Africa. Recent IMF data indicate that 11 of the 20 fastest-growing economies in the world through to 2020 will be African. Intra-African trade is growing, Caribbean trade is bolstered by services while the Pacific region exploits ocean-based resources to spur its sustainable development. Accordingly, intra-ACP and foreign investment flows have increased. National fundamentals remain insufficient to sustain the needed investment flows. Regimes for intra-regional investment flows and facilitation need to be enhanced. 

The lab will present intra-ACP initiatives aimed at spurring investment opportunities to support trade expansion and sustainable development.

European Development Days 2017

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - Thursday, 08 June 2017
Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium

The EDD overarching theme will be ‘Investing in Development’. Building on the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and on the European Commission's proposal for a new European Consensus for Development, among the key issues that the Forum will address figure: achieving an inclusive and sustainable growth, create decent jobs, the full engagement of the private sector both as an economic and responsible actor in development; women and youth empowerment.

The EDD, Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation, gathers over 6.000 participants from 140 countries representing more than 1.200 organisations. Organised by the European Commission, the EDD bring together political leaders, policy and decision-makers, practitioners and citizens with the aim of discussing the future agenda for development.

Boosting youth employment in Africa: What works and why?

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 - Tuesday, 30 May 2017
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands

INCLUDE and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs will jointly organise a conference on ‘Boosting youth employment in Africa: what works and why?’ on 30 May. The conference will be hosted by the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Lilianne Ploumen.

Creating productive and sustainable jobs for African youth on a large scale is a priority issue in international dialogues. This conference wants to provide a platform to Dutch, European and African policymakers and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge and the latest research evidence to formulate solutions with impact. Young African entrepreneurs from e.g. agribusiness and the tech sector as well as (political) youth leaders will be present to share their successes and challenges.

Unmanned Aerial systems (UAS) supporting small-scale farmers in Mozambique

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands

In the wake of climate change, many farmers are confronted with limited actionable information on where and when to apply their limited resources as water, fertiliser, and seeds. In Mozambique, an intervention funded in the framework of the “Securing Water for Food program” is proving that advice provided by extension workers using low cost unmanned aerial systems (UASs) can help farmers take informed decisions and improve crop water efficiency and yields.

SACAU - Annual Conference

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - Thursday, 25 May 2017
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) is holding its Annual Conference in Cape Town with the theme "Skilling for Agriculture in the Future". This session follows a two-day conference on "Land Tenure Security in the Smallholder Sector" taking place on May 22-23.

Both events bring together Executive Directors/Chief Executive Officers and Presidents of more than 16 national farmers' associations/unions from 14 countries in southern Africa, as well as representatives of intergovernmental and international development agencies, the private sector, academia, R&D and training education and extension agencies, amongst others.

3rd German-African Agribusiness Forum

Monday, 22 May 2017 - Monday, 22 May 2017
Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany

Opportunities and Challenges along the Value Chain: Tailor-Made, Sustainable and Smart Solutions

Over the coming decades, agriculture will be the main motor of the African labour market. Three-quarters of the population in Sub-Sahara Africa are already active in this sector. This is also crucial for the economic growth of African countries, accounting for one-third of GDP in this region. Nevertheless, the productivity of agriculture is nowhere less than in Africa.

Afrika-Verein recognised the outstanding role of agriculture for the diversification of African economies a long time ago. In 2015, the first German-African agricultural forum was launched, which is still Germany's only forum with a focus on "Agriculture in Africa".

Brussels Briefing 49 - Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture

Thursday, 18 May 2017 - Thursday, 18 May 2017
Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, BE

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 49 on “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture” will take place on 18th May 2017 from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing will be co-organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission (DG DEVCO), ConcordPAFOAgriCord, and AFDB/AAIN.

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Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016

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High-Level Consultation: Innovative Ways for Sustainable Nutrition, Food Security and Inclusive Agricultural Growth

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CTA's 30th Anniversary

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Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2014

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