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Agribusiness enterprise development in Uganda

Sunday, 18 February 2018 - Friday, 23 February 2018
Ishaka, Western Region, Uganda

In the context of activities related to agribusiness enterprise development in Uganda in 2017, CTA supports the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) and the Igara Growers Tea Factory (IGTF) in developing systems and good practices which would enable the agribusinesses to operate more effectively and deliver better services to their members.

The objective of the workshop is to help develop the skills needed to describe and analyse a given experience and to document, share and encourage the adoption of lessons and good practices

FAO Regional Conference for Africa

Sunday, 18 February 2018 - Saturday, 24 February 2018
Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

The FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC) is held once every two years, in the years in which the FAO General Conference does not meet in regular session. The attendance of the Regional Conference is usually at Ministers of Agriculture level. Observers from countries outside the Region, international, regional and Arab Organizations, are also invited to the Conference.

Fiji Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop (Nadi)

Thursday, 22 February 2018 - Friday, 23 February 2018
Nadi, Western Division, Fiji

The Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop brings together all key stakeholders in the agriculture, tourism, trade and health sectors, including government ministries, agribusinesses, agro-producers, chefs, farmers’ organisations and technical organisations, with the aim of developing further linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism sectors to support local businesses in serving tourism-related markets in Fiji. The Workshop is organised by the Government of Fiji in collaboration with CTA, the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO).

Fiji Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop (Suva)

Sunday, 25 February 2018 - Monday, 26 February 2018
Suva, Central Division, Fiji

The Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop brings together all key stakeholders in the agriculture, tourism, trade and health sectors, including government ministries, agribusinesses, agro-producers, chefs, farmers’ organisations and technical organisations, with the aim of developing further linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism sectors to support local businesses in serving tourism-related markets in Fiji. The Workshop is organised by the Government of Fiji in collaboration with CTA, the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO).

Cooperative Leadership Training

Sunday, 25 February 2018 - Friday, 02 March 2018
Kigali, Kigali City, Rwanda

National training event for the leaders and managers of 100 agricultural cooperatives.

Haïti Policy Round Table: Diversified Home Gardens for Food and Nutrition Security

Monday, 26 February 2018 - Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Port-au-Prince, Ouest Department, Haiti

CTA’s partners, the national University of Haïti, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (FAMV) and Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) will host a policy roundtable on 27 February at Hotel Le Plaza, Champs de Mars, Port-au-Prince, to share experiences and lessons learned  from the joint CTA-FAMV-MFK agriculture-nutrition-income pilot project on “Diversified Home Gardens”.  The project has set up integrated crop-livestock model school and community gardens using a diverse range of nutrient-dense local crops, which farmers helped to identify, and poultry. So far, over 100 farmers/farm families have benefited and set up home gardens. Trainings in nutrition and agronomy were included as well as support to but inputs. 

Officials, technical experts, private sector, donors, and farmers will attend the event, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, inputs suppliers, FAO, WFP, World Bank, USAID, and IICA. 

CTA and partners are using this platform to explore the lessons learned and identify new partnerships to scale-up the initiative.

Farmers’ Access to Data: Key data for farmers - webinar

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - Wednesday, 28 February 2018

This webinar explains the different key data streams, flow and sources that are vital to agricultural value chains. Participants identify the data they own or collect on their farms and its usefulness, understand the difference between human and machine farm data, identify the part in the agricultural value chain where data, and which data, is needed most.

Stakeholder workshop on a proposal for policy/regulatory framework for supporting weather-based index insurance in Southern Africa

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - Saturday, 03 March 2018
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

CTA and partners are implementing a project to scale up four major CSA solutions to smallholder farmers in three southern African countries-Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. One of the key results expected from the project is to facilitate policy and regulatory framework for supporting the development of Weather-based insurance (WBI) agreed at the regional level. The process involves plans to engage with regional economic communities on policy and regulatory issues. A background study on current policy constraints on weather insurance and proposals for policy options have been recommended. The event is organized as part of the engagement process to validate the findings of the study, discuss the recommendations and agree with policy makers on the process for the adoption of the policy recommendations

AAIN conference & expo (AAICE): “Youth Engagement in Agribusiness Trade and Investment”

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 - Saturday, 10 March 2018
Dakar, Dakar Region, Senegal

This event is aligned to strategies for private and public engagement in delivering solutions towards CAADP Malabo Declaration, SDGs and Agenda 2030, the African Union Agenda 2063 and other global business development goals. Incubators, youth, women and farmer networks use the process to build strategies, coalitions, partnerships and explore innovative agribusiness solutions and technologies from across Africa and abroad. The process allows incubators, youth, women, SMEs and development actors to interact with innovators and experts to learn how to manage business challenges, use technologies and enhance access to finance.

Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-RDA Plenary 11 Meeting

Monday, 19 March 2018 - Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The IGAD Pre-Meeting P11 focuses on the FAIR principles to all elements of the research process in agricultural sciences and related disciplines. 

GODAN Action Learning Event

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Berlin, Berlin, Germany

As part of the overall GODAN Action research uptake approach, this is a full day internal workshop for the project partners, including CTA. Sessions are built around the set of learning papers commissioned for the event. 

CTA Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, 22 March 2018 - Friday, 23 March 2018
Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands

The 32nd CTA Executive Board is meeting at CTA's headquarters in Wageningen, the Netherlands. 

The meeting is being attended by board members Professor Baba Y. Abubakar, Professor Augusto Manuel Correia, Dr Helena Johansson, Professor Faustin R. Kamuzora, Professor Clement K. Sankat and Professor Frederike Praasterink.

Supporting effective engagement with research & open data in the agriculture and nutrition. Lessons from IGAD & GODAN Action.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 - Thursday, 22 March 2018
Berlin, Berlin, Germany

This is a joint session organized by RDA/IGAD and GODAN (RDA affiliated member) to discuss lessons learnt and share experience from both communities on how to effectively support engagement with research data management and open data.

Although focused on capacity development in the agriculture and nutrition sector, the session also explores the extent to which these lessons might be relevant to those working to enhance the potential of open data in other sectors.

African Youth Agripreneur (AYA) forum and AgriPitch competition

Sunday, 08 April 2018 - Saturday, 14 April 2018
Abidjan, Abidjan, CI

The event is be co-hosted by the government of Cote d’Ivoire and the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with partners including CTA. The theme for the 2018 edition is “Technologies and Innovations for Youth in Agribusiness”. 400 young agripreneurs, agribusiness companies, investors, academics and development partners from all across the continent are expected. 

The AYAF is a two-day forum (5-6 April) which provides a platform for the youth to discuss and debate topical issues related to the annual theme with experts, business people, investors and policy makers. 

The AgriPitch competition includes: a three-day boot camp (9-11 April),  and training on business models, market needs assessment, intellectual property rights (IPR), the innovation development process, business financing, proposal writing and pitching. Attendees also receive mentorship from leaders of established companies and investors. 

10th ICT4D Conference - From Innovation to Impact

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 - Thursday, 10 May 2018
Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia

The 10th ICT4D Conference brings together public, private and civil society organizations 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, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.

Calendar of events

Past Events

Fiji Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop (Nadi)

Thursday, 22 February 2018 - Friday, 23 February 2018
Nadi, Western Division, Fiji

The Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop brings together all key stakeholders in the agriculture, tourism, trade and health sectors, including government ministries, agribusinesses, agro-producers, chefs, farmers’ organisations and technical organisations, with the aim of developing further linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism sectors to support local businesses in serving tourism-related markets in Fiji. The Workshop is organised by the Government of Fiji in collaboration with CTA, the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO).

Farmers’ Access to Data: Data-driven agriculture overview - webinar

Thursday, 22 February 2018 - Thursday, 22 February 2018

This webinar provides attendees a foundation for understanding the use of data for farming and across the agricultural value chain. Attendees should be able to apply the core concepts of using data for field operations, as well as how data is used across the value chain. Attendees are introduced to the opportunities and challenges of using data, especially for smallholder farmers.

Agribusiness enterprise development in Uganda

Sunday, 18 February 2018 - Friday, 23 February 2018
Ishaka, Western Region, Uganda

In the context of activities related to agribusiness enterprise development in Uganda in 2017, CTA supports the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) and the Igara Growers Tea Factory (IGTF) in developing systems and good practices which would enable the agribusinesses to operate more effectively and deliver better services to their members.

The objective of the workshop is to help develop the skills needed to describe and analyse a given experience and to document, share and encourage the adoption of lessons and good practices

FAO Regional Conference for Africa

Sunday, 18 February 2018 - Saturday, 24 February 2018
Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

The FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC) is held once every two years, in the years in which the FAO General Conference does not meet in regular session. The attendance of the Regional Conference is usually at Ministers of Agriculture level. Observers from countries outside the Region, international, regional and Arab Organizations, are also invited to the Conference.

Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development - Pacific region

Sunday, 04 February 2018 - Friday, 09 February 2018
Suva, Central Division, FJ

CTA is hosting a knowledge management workshop as part of the ‘Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development’ project between 5 and 9 February 2018 in the Fijian capital of Suva. The 3-year project started in April 2016 with the aim to facilitate the wider use of experience capitalization processes in rural development initiatives, as an approach for continuous learning, improvement and scaling up.

Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development - Senegal

Sunday, 04 February 2018 - Saturday, 10 February 2018
Dakar, Dakar Region, Senegal

The “Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project aims to facilitate the adoption of an experience capitalization process in rural development initiatives, where it can help improve the analysis, documentation, sharing, and the adoption and use of lessons and good practices – as an approach for continuous learning, improvement and scaling up. Representatives of different organizations, coming from countries as different as Mali and Madagascar, countries met in October 2017 in Dakar, Senegal, for a workshop organized by the project. There, following the same approach tried in other regions, the facilitators helped participants develop the necessary specific skills to start and complete a capitalization process, and to draw lessons by doing it.

The process is continuing with a second workshop, with the same participants, again in Dakar, between the 5th and the 9th of February, 2018. This new training meeting focuses on the steps needed to share the main lessons drawn in each case, and will be followed by a new round of online contact and support between the project staff and all participants.

German-African Agribusiness Forum

Monday, 22 January 2018 - Monday, 22 January 2018
Berlin, Berlin, DE

The 4th German-African Agribusiness Forum - Opportunities and Challenges along the Value Chain
From Agricultural Farming to Food Processing and Distribution -
 is held in the course of the 83rd International Green Week (IGW) in Berlin. 
The Forum is a platform for exchange and networking to a large number of policy makers from all over the African continent, Germany and around the globe within the agribusiness field.

AgriFoodTech Conference

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 - Thursday, 14 December 2017
's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Sensors, drones, autonomous robots, smart farming, big data, vision technology, smart LEDs …innovations within the Agri and Food sector are developing rapidly. All with the aim to secure the availability of food, to tackle scarcity and respond to the changing food chain. Working more efficient, effective, sustainable and find different production methods, both in machine construction, food processing and on land, is key. On the second edition of AgriFoodTech on December 13th and 14th, we will bring these sectors together and (re)build the future together!

5th African Union – Europe Union Summit

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - Friday, 01 December 2017
Abidjan, Lagunes Region, Côte d'Ivoire

The 5th Africa Union-European Union will be held on 29-30 November in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The Summits of Heads of States and Governments take place traditionally every three years alternatively in Africa and Europe. These summits take stock of the progress made in the implementation of commitments made and provide political guidance for further work. 

GODAN Action webinar: Sharing open data and capacity development experiences from RCMRD

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Earth observation data plays a critical role in building resilience to climate change as well as reporting on sustainable development goals (SDG’s). There are new opportunities to use open data in earth observation such as Landsat and the sentinel data. Modern day farming relies on weather information in order to plan ahead of extreme weather conditions such as drought and floods. In addition, there is need to invest in hydromet services to build resilience to climate change and help citizens with accurate weather forecasts.

In this webinar, Dr Kenneth Mubea (the Capacity Development Lead) at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Nairobi will share some of the experiences and projects that RCMRD are involved in various open data initiatives in Agriculture.

European Microfinance Week 2017: Revealing New Frontiers in Inclusive Finance

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - Friday, 01 December 2017
Luxembourg, District de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

European Microfinance Week (EMW), taking place 29th November to 1st December and hosted by e-MFP, is one of the top events in the microfinance calendar and a unique meeting point for all professionals working in the inclusive finance sector worldwide. The event is widely recognised for its high-quality sessions and excellent networking opportunities. Last year’s event attracted close to 500 participants from 58 countries.

4th Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture

Monday, 27 November 2017 - Thursday, 30 November 2017
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

There is growing attention to “climate-agriculture nexus” issues in national, regional and global policies and strategies. At global level, the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement have explicitly highlighted the climate-agriculture and food systems nexus issues as key success factors in advancing the ultimate sustainable economic growth and inclusive development. The 4th Global SC-CSA brings together various key constituencies to interact – share, learn, build collaborations and alliances – with the aim to bring science and innovations to bear on policy, institutional and technological efforts in building agricultural and food systems that are climate smart.

6th EU-Africa Business Forum

Monday, 27 November 2017 - Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Abidjan, Région des lagunes, Côte d'Ivoire

At the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF), held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on 27 November 2017, business leaders and investors from Africa and Europe confirmed their commitment to sustainable and inclusive development and job-creation across the continent in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum supported the EU External Investment Plan as a key tool to promote these objectives. “The European External Investment Plan is the biggest investment plan ever put into place for Africa,” EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini said in her closing address at the Forum.

The value of farm data: Farmer-representing organisations and farmer-owned data - workshop

Thursday, 23 November 2017 - Thursday, 23 November 2017
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

This workshop as part of Data4Ag week activities will share the experiences of working with agri-enterprises in supporting services built on data use. It will also explore potential opportunities and challenges for services using data in an agri-enterprise and to suggest interventions.

CSA Project Implementation Review in Southern Africa

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - Saturday, 25 November 2017
Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA

CTA in partnership with a consortium of partners from the public sector, private sector and farmers’ organizations have been implementing a project, which aims to contribute to increased resilience to climate change for smallholder farmers in the region, specifically in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia through the promotion of specific climate-smart agricultural solutions. About 18 participants at the meeting will be drawn from the various implementing partners from the project countries. 

Other past events

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Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016

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2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum

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Caribbean-Pacific Agri-Food 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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Fin4Ag

 

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Making the Connection

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