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7th African Grain Trade Summit

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 - Saturday, 07 October 2017
Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

EAGC hosts its flagship policy conference known as the African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS). The AGTS is a biennial high-level, internationally-recognized grain industry conference that brings together business influencers, policymakers and other critical stakeholders from across the African continent and beyond – including heads of state and government, ministers, private sector business leaders, researchers and development partners – for discussions about key issues and emerging trends in the grain sector on the continent. The Summit provides evidence-based, thought-provoking discussions on the grain sector from national, regional, continental and global viewpoints, thus helping to chart coherent and holistic development pathways for the African grain sector.

3rd Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the "Climate Research for Development"

Sunday, 08 October 2017 - Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Climate Research for Development (CR4D) is a joint initiative of African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) to facilitate new frontiers and user-inspired climate information and services for improved policy and planning in Africa. The event is planned for the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) members to finalize the CR4D strategic plan and, define priorities for the grant management mechanism of the Initiative.

Perspectives for ICT and Agribusiness in ACP countries: Start-up financing, 3D printing and blockchain

Monday, 09 October 2017 - Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Rhenen, Utrecht, Netherlands

The workshop will discuss and identify key issues and avenues relating to improving access to capital and profitability for youth-led e-agriculture businesses; Develop a better understanding of the relevant and perspectives of 3D Printing and blockchain technology for the ACP agricultural and rural development sector. Develop recommendations which will favour the design of strategic actions to address issues discussed. The current workshop is organised by CTA as part of its ICT for agriculture (ICT4Ag) and youth in agriculture activities.

Social Good Summit

Friday, 13 October 2017 - Friday, 13 October 2017
Genève, Genève, Switzerland

The SGS Geneva promotes a stronger engagement of the private sector to achieve the SDGs, advocates for increasing the mobilization of private capital for development and creates the conditions for effective partnerships around the SDGs between Swiss, European and developing countries entrepreneurs, impact investors, large companies, international organisations, and governments.

Pacific Week of Agriculture 2017

Sunday, 15 October 2017 - Friday, 20 October 2017
Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu

Vanuatu will host the first ever Pacific Week of Agriculture in Port Vila in October 2017. The Pacific Week of Agriculture follows the model of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture which has been successfully staged in various countries of the Caribbean region over the past decade.

High level panel on youth agri-entrepreneurship in the Pacific: the way forward

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu

This High-level Panel Discussion on Youth Agri-Entrepreneurship will provide an opportunity for reflection on what has been achieved since the launch of the Pacific Youth in Agriculture Strategy 2010-2015, at the Fourth Regional Meeting of Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS) in 2010 in Fiji and the gaps that still need to be addressed to improve job opportunities for youth. It will profile successful young entrepreneurs from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific who have set up and are managing successful agri-businesses. The young agri-entrepreneurs will identify critical success factors and share good practices and lessons learned.

31st CTA Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, 02 November 2017 - Friday, 03 November 2017
Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands

The 31st 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.


Monday, 06 November 2017 - Friday, 17 November 2017
Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany, the seat of the Climate Change Secretariat. The Conference will be convened under the Presidency of Fiji.

13th African Dairy Conference & Exhibition

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - Friday, 17 November 2017
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

The 13th Edition of the African Dairy Conference and Exhibition, the leading African Dairy Conference and Expo, will be taking place on 12th – 14th September 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

As a key player in the dairy sector, this would be a great platform for you to be part of this dynamic event. For more than a decade, the African dairy conference and exhibition is without a doubt the only dairy event in Africa that prides itself in bringing you the latest trends and developments in dairy, giving you a deeper understanding of what is happening in the African dairy Industry and the world at large.

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EAFFs 4th Farmers Congress and Assembly

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - Friday, 15 September 2017
Kampala, Central Region, Uganda

Theme: Organizing small holder farmers to harness new investments; partnerships & innovations to enhance value chain ownership, productivity & market integration.

This congress will be marking the beginning of a New Transformative approach towards the sustainability of EAFF and that of its member organizations. EAFF has embraced ICT4Ag and is rolling out its largest project yet with the intention of contributing to “An African Agriculture driven by data” in line with its New strategic plan 2013-2020.

AMCOMET Africa Hydromet Forum 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017 - Saturday, 16 September 2017
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The inaugural AMCOMET Africa Hydromet Forum will bring together representatives from governments, public and private sectors, regional entities, development agencies and civil society to provide strategic insight to improve hydrological, meteorological and early-warning services to achieve climate and disaster resilience as part of a larger sustainable development strategy. Co-hosted by the African Union Commission and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Forum will build consensus and momentum to modernize weather, water, and climate information services.

Africa Green Revolution Forum 2017

Monday, 04 September 2017 - Saturday, 09 September 2017
Abidjan, Lagunes Region, Côte d'Ivoire

Accelerating Africa’s Path to Prosperity: Growing Inclusive Economies and Jobs through Agriculture

Today, across Africa, big things are happening for the millions of small family farms that are Africa’s main source of food, employment, and income. Over the last decade, we have laid the foundations for a renaissance in Africa’s agriculture, one powered by the enormous progress increasingly evident in farmers who are gaining more options in the seeds they plant, in the fertilisers they use, and in the markets available to purchase their produce. So far, it’s just a glimpse of success. But it offers an inspiring new vision of a future Africa in which farming as a struggle to survive gives way to farming as a business that thrives. This future can be our reality if all of us — farmers, businesses, governments, donors and civil society organisations — are willing to act now and seize the moment because the time is ripe for African agriculture.

Pitch AgriHack bootcamp and pitching event

Sunday, 03 September 2017 - Friday, 08 September 2017

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Agribusiness TV, ProHaus Group (USA) and innovation spaces including Orange Fab (Côte d'Ivoire), Wennovation (Nigeria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Benin), Suguba (Mali), CTIC Dakar (Senegal), CIPMEN (Niger), Woelab (Togo) and Jokkolab (Afrique), is launching the Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017, in the framework of its AgriHack Talent Programme. This edition follows the successful organisation of the pilot edition Pitch AgriHack 2016.

Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017 is open for young ICT start-ups from the West African region offering services to the agriculture sector. The entrepreneurs should be owners of an already developed e-agriculture/ICT4Ag application or platform. The final and announcement of winners at the Pitch AgriHack 2017 event.

ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium - Africa and Indian Ocean (RPAS AFI 2017)

Monday, 17 July 2017 - Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, NG

The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium with the theme Remotely piloted aviation in Africa: sharing experiences and challenges will be held from 17 to 18 July 2017 at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. The event, hosted by the Government of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Transportation (Aviation Sector), will provide a unique opportunity for States, international organizations and stakeholders to share experiences in addressing RPAS operations across the African continent and Indian Ocean focusing on challenges to be overcome and benefits to be obtained, identifying how existing rules need to evolve to facilitate entrance of the RPAS community into the civil aviation system, examining alignment between ongoing RPAS development and supporting regulatory provisions.

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.

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 utilises 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.

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.

Inclusiveness and Connectivity Dimensions of EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Genève, Genève, Switzerland

CTA is co-organising upon request of the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat a side event in Geneva, on 11th July 2017 from 13.00-14.30 at the WTO Aid For Trade Conference in partnership with the Trade.Com programme and Coleacp and in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

This roundtable on “The inclusiveness and connectivity dimensions of EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation” will discuss the development and trade opportunities for ACP countries to pursue greater and inclusive ACP-EU Trade and Economic Cooperation; the policy and support interventions required for ACP countries to exploit Intra-ACP Connectivity and Inclusive Trade; the EU priorities in pursuit of Agenda 2030 — Updating the 2007 Joint EU and Member States' Aid for Trade Strategy; and how the European External Investment Plan provides new prospects for an enhanced EU-ACP cooperation.

Geo4Africa Summit 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017 - Friday, 14 July 2017
Kampala, Central Region, Uganda

The Geo4Africa Summit 2017 brings together different practitioners in the field of Geo-Information Systems (GIS) to explore and showcase the relevance of geo tools and applications.

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.

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.

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.

Smart Farming Conference: The digital revolution in farming

Thursday, 29 June 2017 - Thursday, 29 June 2017
Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands

After mechanisation, the introduction of mineral fertiliser and the industrialisation of production processes, connectivity and data management are now set to unleash the next revolution in the history of farming, smart farming. Precision agriculture has been an evolving reality for some time, but It has now reached a point where it is not only possible to collect vast quantities of data, but also to control different pieces of equipment or monitor individual animals, the Internet of Things. A growing number of farmers are starting to adopt digital technology and data-driven innovations.

What new business models will be successful, and will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How to deal with change (from traditional farmer to smart farmer)? How to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production? The conference will answer this kind of questions.

30th CTA Executive Board Meeting

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

The 30th 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.

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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