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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".

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.

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.

European Development Days 2017

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - Thursday, 08 June 2017
Bruxelles, Bruxelles, BE

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.

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.

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: 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. 

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 (SDGs 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, but their value remains largely overlooked and their potential untapped. The proposed 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: 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.

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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.

CLIMARK inception meeting in Nairobi

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 - Thursday, 18 May 2017
Nairobi, Nairobi County, KE

The ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and several other partners, invite you to the inception meeting on a new project “Enhancing Market response to resilience in livestock value chain in Eastern Africa (CLI-MARK)” taking place from 17th-18th May 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya. This project aims to catalyse market response to resilience through mechanisms such as blended weather information system, livestock insurance, livestock trade and enterprises for women and youth in order to increase the adaptive capacity of livestock farmers, especially women and youth to climate change.

General Assembly AgriCord

Monday, 15 May 2017 - Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Herrsching am Ammersee, Bayern, Germany

Farmers’ organisations and AgriCord’s role in rural transformation and in feeding cities and towns

  • Farmers’ organisations (FOs) are stable, rural institutions, representing a good part of the rural population in negotiations on rural transition models and necessary investments, adapted to the rural population’s own context.
  • By their services to their members and by their extension systems, farmers’ organisations can professionalise and boost farm employment and productivity. Farmers’ organisations are also a good medium to scale up measures for increased resilience to the effects of the climate change. This can be done through their own extension systems but also through their representation, lobby and advocacy work.
  • Farmers’ organisations create off-farm employment through their farmer-led enterprises, also for rural youth.
  • Farmers’ organisations contribute to feeding cities, directly by producing and trading food and by processing and handling food by their farmer-led enterprises. FOs are also stable and suitable mediums to improve the quality of products through internal quality control systems. They are the best placed rural institutions to scale up contracts and negotiate with traders.

ICT4D Conference

Sunday, 14 May 2017 - Friday, 19 May 2017
Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Harnessing the Power of Data for the Sustainable Development Goals

The annual ICT4D Conference brings together public, private and civil society organisations from across the humanitarian and international development community. Participants share how they’ve used innovations in technology to increase the impact of their work. Highly interactive and hands-on, the conference attracts a diverse audience of technical advisors, executives, and others who offer a range of practical insights on applying technology to development challenges.

Connecting agricultural insurance to meet farmers’ needs – success stories and lessons

Sunday, 14 May 2017 - Sunday, 14 May 2017
Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Weather-based insurance has the potential to benefit farmers by assisting them to withstand the effects of climate change. Through the provision of an insurance cover against erratic weather, farmers can be protected against food insecurity and hunger. Pilot projects on insurance have been implemented in different forms by a number of actors in various geographical areas. Some successes have been recorded and lessons have been learnt. In the new effort to scale up weather insurance, it is critical that it responds to the felt needs of farmers and the particular challenges that they face. In efforts to scaling-up weather insurance beyond pilots on a limited scale, farmers’ needs must be central to its design and implementation. The parallel session will focus on connecting insurance to farmers’ needs by (i) identifying the key critical needs of the various groups of farmers, (ii) tease out key lessons learnt from past and on-going insurance, (iii) address gaps in the design and implementation of weather insurance and, (iv) identify specific approaches to promote inclusive weather insurance.

Scaling Up Agricultural Adaptation through Insurance

Sunday, 14 May 2017 - Sunday, 14 May 2017
Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

A one-day conference on ‘Scaling up Agricultural Adaptation through Insurance” will take place on the sidelines of the 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), set to take place from 8 to 18 May 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The conference is co-hosted by CTA, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA).

The event will bring together the climate change, agriculture and insurance communities to highlight the value of index-based insurance, draw lessons and identify key challenges for effective scaling up of index-based insurance as a climate change adaptation action. CTA will be represented at the event by Michael Hailu, CTA's Director, and Oluyede Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator for Agricultural and Rural Development Policy.

Regional Workshop: Youth Employment: enabling decent agriculture and agri-business jobs

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 - Friday, 12 May 2017
Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

The purpose of the workshop is to launch the new regional FAO Special Programme on Youth Employment, and exchange with experts on the latest trends and approaches on promoting more and better jobs for youth in the agricultural sector and value chains. 

The Special Programme on Youth Employment adopts an integrated approach structured around three main components: 

  • Support to the upscaling of successful approaches through programme formulation and facilitation of multi-stakeholder partnerships; 
  • Capacity development and institutional strengthening to build systemic capacities for youth employment in agriculture and agribusiness; 
  • Mapping, knowledge generation and sharing for evidence-based policy and programme development. 

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture - Europe edition

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 - Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Utrecht, Utrecht, NL

CTA is supporting the European edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) together with a pool of organisations working in the area of agricultural development and innovation. Further details about CTA's participation will be announced on this website. 

GFIA is the world’s largest showcase for sustainable agricultural solutions, bringing together the public and private sectors, and providing an unrivaled platform for showing the world that agriculture is a thriving, dynamic business sector and an attractive investment opportunity – a message that CTA has been promoting for a long time. Following a fruitful collaboration at the Global GFIA held in Abu Dhabi in May 2015, CTA and GFIA officialised their partnership and jointly organised the first GFIA Africa edition.

ACP-EU Council of Ministers

Thursday, 04 May 2017 - Friday, 05 May 2017
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

The Joint Council, which meets twice a year, is the highest decision-making body of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. The session was chaired by the Foreign Minister of Malta (EU Presidency) and the Finance Minister of Ethiopia (ACP Presidency) while the EC was represented by Commissioner Neven Mimica and Stefano Manservisi (Director General of DEVCO (for the DFC meeting).

Agrinatura Workshop 'Mutual prosperity: why North and South need each other’

Thursday, 27 April 2017 - Thursday, 27 April 2017
Uppsala, Uppsala County, SE

The workshop is organised as part of the annual Agrinatura General Assembly meeting, set to take place on 26 and 27 April, 2017 in Uppsala, Sweden. The General Assembly is hosted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Agrinatura will take this opportunity to organise a special workshop to bring together people, institutions and initiatives discussing specific topics related to agricultural and rural development. 

This year this workshop holds theme ‘Mutual Prosperity Why North and South Need Each Other’. Judith A. Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy at CTA and executive secretary of the European Forum on Research for Development (EFARD), is among the workshop's speakers. She will conduct a presentation on 'European engagement and the PAEPARD Users’ Led Process: implications for development impact on research for development. CTA is a partner in the PAEPARD project and also represents the EFARD Secretariat.

ONE World No Hunger: Future of the Rural World

Thursday, 27 April 2017 - Friday, 28 April 2017
Berlin, Berlin, DE

"The Future of the Rural World: Innovation - Youth- Employment" is the theme of a conference organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the framework of Germany's G20 presidency

The future of humankind will be decided in rural areas. A productive and sustainable agri-food sector in rural areas of developing countries is vital if young people are to enjoy long-term jobs and income and natural resources are to be protected. In this way, we can eradicate poverty and hunger, reduce rural exodus and secure food supply - even with a growing global population. Rural areas urgently need innovation and new economic and political impetus. We must ensure that globalisation is fair and that rural areas do not lose out.

Michael Hailu attended the G20 conference on behalf of CTA, along with different actors from the political arena, the private sector, academia, and civil society. The conference is scheduled to take place at the Berlin Congress Center, on 27 and 28 April 2017.

African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Ibadan, État d'Oyo, NG

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with CTA, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN), is organising the African Agripreneurs Youth Forum (AYA Forum) in Ibadan, Nigeria. It aims at demonstrating/showcasing success and business potential of agribusiness across Africa for job and wealth creation; and connecting agripreneurs to business and development organisations. About 250 young agripreneurs from Africa are expected at the Forum, as well as institutional and business partners. 

The AYA Forum is a platform where agripreneurs across Africa come together and seek to escalate the impact of their activities. It will comprise a two-day conference and workshop with thematic discussions and presentation of success stories. Also scheduled is the Agri-Pitch Entrepreneurship Competition that will lead to a selection of 3 finalists for presentation at the AfDB annual meeting in India, in May 2017. Among other participants, the AYA Forum will be attended by some of CTA's AgriHack programme participants and youth from the farmers' networks it collaborates with.

Two side events, including the Partner Workshop on Youth e-Agriculture Entrepreneurship organised by CTA and a mentor and incubator training programme are also set to take place at the Forum on 23 and 24 April.

CTA will be represented at the event by Ken Lohento, ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator.

Global Expert Meeting on Agriculture & Agro-industries Development towards Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

Monday, 24 April 2017 - Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province, ZW

Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialisation are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity, and equality within societies.  However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations.

A special meeting to be held on 24-26 April 2017 will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialisation across countries. The overall objective of this preparatory meeting is to identify potential incentives and initiatives to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through agriculture and agro-industry development and ensuring impact at scale to move the needle on the SDG indicators. Such identified pathways could be presented to ECOSOC as recommendations and initiatives for Member States that can be implemented or facilitated by the wide range of organisations participating in the preparatory meeting and other partners. 

This is an initiative supported by a range of United Nations entities and engaging other organisations such as the African Development Bank, the African Union, NEPAD and representatives of development organisations, including CTA. The Center will be represented at the event by Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator, Agricultural and Rural Development Policy.

Partner workshop on youth e-agriculture entrepreneurship

Sunday, 23 April 2017 - Monday, 24 April 2017
Ibadan, État d'Oyo, NG

Creating employment opportunities and decent livelihood options for the youth is one of the most pressing challenges facing governments in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Promoting youth engagement in agribusiness, including through the use of ICTs, has been one of CTA's focus areas over the past few years. Today, CTA is looking at scaling up impacts for its youth initiatives. This workshop will help devise strategies in this framework, particularly for ICT and youth in agriculture initiatives. 

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Review results of past AgriHack Talent initiatives;
  • Exchange on proposals aiming at supporting youth agribusinesses via stronger ICT business services;
  • Discuss technical partnership and funding opportunities.

The two-day workshop will focus on specific items as presented below:

  • 23 April: Discussion of a project idea to scale up youth agribusinesses through business services offered notably by young ICT entrepreneurs (open to selected partners)
  • 24 April: Reviewing and scaling up the AgriHack Talent initiative (particularly the Pitch AgriHack component) 

The workshop is organised in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN). Representatives from ICT incubators, venture capitals, young startups, farmer organisations and national entrepreneurship programs will also attend. 

This workshop is organised as a pre-event of the African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum, organised in Ibadan by AfDB on 25 and 26 April 2017, in collaboration with partners including CTA.

CTA will be represented at the event by Ken Lohento, ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator.

Workshop on the capitalisation of experiences in development projects

Monday, 10 April 2017 - Thursday, 13 April 2017
Dona Paula, Goa, IN

A four-day workshop is set to take place in Goa, India, targeting the representatives of different organisations in India and Southeast Asia, all of them involved in development initiatives covering a wide range of themes. The workshop is part of a project aiming to support the development of participants’ skills to start and complete a capitalisation process. This will involve accompanying them in the process of describing and analysing the steps followed by the different projects, and the results, outcomes and impact seen in each case, identifying learning moments and specific lessons to share with others. This will be accomplished through two workshops, with online support in between.

The workshop will introduce participants to the IMARK learning module on experience capitalisation and discuss the best approach to encourage its use. Participants will also be introduced to the main concepts underlying the experience capitalisation approach. Thereafter, they will discuss a general methodology and the steps to follow to ensure its completion. As participants draw specific lessons regarding the process, they will also plan for future activities with the group and with other participants. 

Jorge Chávez-Tafur, CTA's Programme Coordinator for Knowledge Management will co-facilitate the workshop.

This workshop is part of the three-year project “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development”, implemented in different parts of the world by CTA, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In March 2017, similar workshops have taken place as part of this project, namely in Ghana and in Tanzania.

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