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Food First Vijverberg Session: Challenges and Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 - Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, NL

Globally, there are 74 million people unemployed between the ages of 15 – 24 representing 40% of global unemployment. At least 200 million young people globally work in insecure jobs, earning less than US$ 2 per day. With an increasing number of young people entering the job market, it is predicted that at least 600 million new jobs need to be created within the next 10 years to sustain this expanding labour force. Yet many young people lack relevant market skills required for employment within the private sector and there is a mismatch between the market supply and demand. There is a need to investing in young people to acquire market relevant skills and develop their business and leadership abilities for meaningful employment.

The programme for this session comprises short pitches of organisations involved with supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa followed by a guided discussion on key topics. Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna, CTA's Senior Technical Advisor, Value Chains and Agribusiness, will share some of CTA's experiences as concerns women entrepreneurship and leadership. 

29th CTA Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, 16 March 2017 - Saturday, 18 March 2017
Wageningen, Gelderland, NL

The 28th 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.

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture - Europe edition

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 - Thursday, 11 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.

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Brussels Briefing 45: Smart and Affordable farming solutions for Africa, the next driver for agricultural transformation

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - Thursday, 14 July 2016
Etterbeek, Bruxelles, BE

The Brussels Development Briefing n.45 on the subject of “Smart and Affordable farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for agricultural transformation” will be held in Brussels from 09:00 until 13:00 on 13 July 2016 at the Albert Borschette Congress Center, Room 1.A, in Brussels, Belgium.

It is co-organised by CTA, the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, Concord, the European Agricultural Machinery Industry (CEMA), Agricord and the PanAfrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO).

ACP Joint Stakeholders’ Conference

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 - Thursday, 07 July 2016
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Bruxelles, BE

On 5-6 July 2016, the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat) will be hosting a Joint Stakeholders’ Conference for the currently running projects from the following ACP-EU collaborative programmes: EDULINK II, ACP Science and Technology Programme II and ACP Caribbean & Pacific Research Programme for Sustainable Development. 

Judith Ann Francis, CTA's Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy, will participate as a speaker during the Agriculture and Food Security session, scheduled at 14:30 on 5 July.

    Investing in a food secure future

    Monday, 04 July 2016 - Thursday, 07 July 2016
    Noordwijk, South Holland, NL

    'Investing in a Food Secure Future' is a conference organised by the Government of the Netherlands, the African Union and the European Commission. The conference will have a two-day Experts' segment followed by a High Level Ministerial segment on the third day to give political orientations to improve AU-EU agricultural cooperation and build on previous international efforts and existing structures. It will focus on the following five themes:

    1. Climate-Smart Agriculture;
    2. Reducing Food Losses and Waste;
    3. Improving Market Access, regionally and internationally;
    4. Increasing Responsible Private Investment in Sustainable
    5. Science & Innovation for Development.

    The conference will result in a strong and lasting partnership of AU and EU Ministers of Agriculture on the main themes of cooperation. To accelerate the implementation of relevant agreements and actions as well as to strengthen the cooperation with private sector, especially through private public partnerships.

    Isolina Boto, CTA Manager of the Brussels Office, will participate as a moderator of the working group session III on improved market access, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 5 July 2016, between 10:00 and 12:00.

    27th CTA Executive Board meeting

    Thursday, 30 June 2016 - Saturday, 02 July 2016
    Wageningen, Gelderland, NL

    The 27th CTA Executive Board meeting will take place at CTA's headquarters in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The meeting will be attended by the Board members, namely Professor Baba Y. Abubakar, Professor Augusto Manuel Correia, Dr Helena Johansson, Professor Faustin R. Kamuzora and Professor Clement K. Sankat and the Board's chair, Professor Eric Tollens.

    PACE-NET Plus bi-regional Platform: Pathways to Innovation in the Pacific Region

    Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - Friday, 01 July 2016
    Nadi, Western Division, FJ

    With this bi-regional dialogue platform, PACE-Net Plus will present a strategy to support the official recognition of the fundamental importance of ST&I in the sustainable development of Pacific Island Countries; PACE-Net Plus will also propose concrete joint activities to strengthen the STI cooperation between EU and the Pacific Region, thus contributing to policy dialogue between the two regions.

    CTA is a partner of PACE-Net and will be represented at the event by Judith A. Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator for Science and Technology Policy. CTA will contribute to the Work Package 2 on Strengthening the UE-Pacific ST&I cooperation in the field of food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy.

    Experience Sharing on ICT4Ag

    Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - Saturday, 02 July 2016
    Wageningen, Gelderland, NL

    After the ICT4Ag International Conference in Kigali 2013, CTA launched a call for grant proposals in 2014 to accelerate the process of beneficial adoption of ICTs for agriculture within selected agricultural value chains and policy processes. The call aimed at exploring viable models by contributing to effective implementation of ICTs within the agricultural sector through proof-of-concept activities across ACP countries in order to stimulate their adoption and scaling-up. Five grants were awarded and the activities have been implemented between August 2015 and October 2015 in Antigua, Belize, Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, and Sudan.

    In 2015, CTA followed up with a second activity that targets mobile applications in specific as a result of the ubiquitous nature of the mobile technology in almost every household, particularly in developing regions, such as Africa. Two mobile applications were chosen for this proof-of-concept activity.

    The main goal of the workshop which will be held from 28 June - 01 July 2016 in Wageningen, the Netherlands is to help document the experiences across the 7 activities for cross-border and cross-sectoral learning and exchange across ACP.

    The blockchain: what does the internet-of-value offer agriculture?

    Friday, 24 June 2016 - Friday, 24 June 2016
    Wageningen, Gelderland, NL

    CTA wants to remain on the cutting edge of agricultural development. The Blockchain, one of the most significant technology innovations in recent years, is now starting to show its potential. 'Year 2025 of the @gricultural Revolution', a video prepared by CTA for the ICT4Ag conference in 2011, showed African farmers trading directly on world markets, a spider web of transactions making “aggregators” like Walmart irrelevant. However, with the Blockchain, this could actually happen much earlier. 

    Lamon Rutten, CTA's Manager of the Policies, Markets and ICTs programme, and Matthew Adetunji, Intern for value chain finance, would like those interested among CTA's staff to join a presentation and discussion on Friday 24 June at 9:30.

    Brussels Briefing 44: Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade

    Wednesday, 22 June 2016 - Wednesday, 22 June 2016
    Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Bruxelles, BE

    On 22 June 2016, a Brussels Development Briefing will take place at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. The event is organised by CTA and the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat and the Fairtrade Foundation.

    More than 1.4 million farmers and workers from developing countries contribute to the Fairtrade market worldwide, with 87% of Fairtrade producers being small scale farmers. Private standards, such as Fairtrade have made an impact in creating awareness about fairer trade for between consumers worldwide and producers in the global south. This Briefing will offer the opportunity to discuss challenges and further opportunities on sustainable sourcing and standards compliance.  

    Seed Fair for increased drought-tolerance in Sahel region

    Sunday, 19 June 2016 - Monday, 27 June 2016
    Bamako, Bamako, ML

    CTA and ICRISAT in collaboration with farmers’ organizations, private seed companies, processors and development organizations will organize a “Seed Fair”. The aim of the seed fair is to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change by improving access to drought-tolerant germplasm in Sahel region. The Fair will take place in two rural areas- Kayes and Sikasso- from 19-26 June 2016 and a planned media/publicity event in the capital city Bamako. The Fair will provide a forum for (i) linkages and exchange of information and germplasm between farmers, private sector seed companies, extension staff, processors, researchers and agro-dealers (ii) distribution of small packages of improved and drought-tolerant seeds to assist farmers adapt to climate change

    EDD2016: Ending hunger and undernutrition: It can be done faster

    Thursday, 16 June 2016 - Thursday, 16 June 2016
    Bruxelles, Bruxelles, BE

    Ending hunger and undernutrition: it can be done faster is a session focusing on the second SDG – to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. It will examine why people are still hungry and undernourished across the developing world, and discuss research-based strategies and innovations that could play a big part in solving the crisis and its economic and social costs.

    This EDD 2016 panel session will offer a unique opportunity to take advantage of the diverse experiences and expertise of the organising institutions to stimulate thought-provoking exchanges and push forward integrated agendas for ending hunger and malnutrition. The event aims to increase awareness regarding the achievability of ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025; strengthen linkages and synergies between academia and development partners working in various sectors that contribute to food and nutrition security outcomes; identify priority actions for increasing engagement with the private sector, particularly through public-private partnerships, to accelerate progress on the ground; and share best practices for promoting inclusive processes that form the critical relationships needed to put research into action and achieve sustainable impact from the bottom up.

    EDD2016: Supporting local and sustainable food production in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

    Thursday, 16 June 2016 - Thursday, 16 June 2016
    Bruxelles, Bruxelles, BE

    This EDD 2016 panel session will share best practices on sustainable farming and agribusiness development by bringing SMEs and private sector representatives together with farmers and inspiring chefs. Key elements will include strengthening linkages between tourism and agriculture, explore success factors which can be replicated or expanded, and suggest innovative partnerships within a diversity of private sector actors, including chefs, agribusiness and tourism.

    The session will explore linkages between the agriculture and tourism sectors, as well as discussing the progress that has been made in developing this relationship and identifying innovative trends and partnerships.

    EDD2016: Gender and Agricultural Entrepreneurship

    Thursday, 16 June 2016 - Thursday, 16 June 2016
    Bruxelles, Bruxelles, BE

    Gender and agricultural entrepreneurship will be a session for exploring the untapped potential that women bring to agriculture and the discrimination that sees many women denied access to agribusiness opportunities, where they could play a vital role in achieving the SDGs. The objectives of the session are to highlight successes from women entrepreneurs and share best practices and identify priority areas for upscaling practical solutions for women and girl’s empowerment through innovations in agriculture.

    EDD2016: The treatment of food standards in mega-regional trade agreements

    Thursday, 16 June 2016 - Thursday, 16 June 2016
    Brussels, Brussels, BE

    In the session on the treatment of food standards in mega-regional trade agreements, CTA and its partners will explore policy developments for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the marginalising effect of mega-regional trade agreements.

    EDD2016: Developments in agricultural trade and the Sustainable Development Goals in ACP countries

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - Wednesday, 15 June 2016
    Brussels, Brussels, BE

    The session on developments in agricultural trade and the Sustainable Development Goals in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will deliver expert opinion on how current trends in agricultural trade and investment could support development in the poorest countries. 

    This EDD 2016 high level session will explore innovative, inclusive and sustainable solutions for agriculture in ACP countries to be supported through the multilateral trade system, integrated into global value chains, and for the private sector to play a greater role in the sustainable development agenda. Special consideration is given to agriculture as the productive sector with the greatest scope for poverty reduction and sustainable growth.

    European Development Days 2016

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - Thursday, 16 June 2016
    Brussels, Brussels, BE

    The European Development Days (EDD) are the leading forum in Europe for international development and cooperation. They are an incubator of new ideas to inform a shared aim of a poverty-free, sustainable and fair world where everyone has a chance at a decent life. The 2016 edition will be centred around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme of EDD2016 is “Sustainable Development Goals in Action: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future”.

    On 15-16 June, CTA will be collaborating with various international organisations on five events at the European Development Days 2016 in Brussels.

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    Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016

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    2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum

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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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    CTA's online dossier on family farming

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