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Workshop on the capitalisation of experiences in development projects in Western Africa

Monday, 27 March 2017 - Thursday, 30 March 2017
Accra, GH

The “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project is being 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).

CTA will be working together with representatives of different organisations in Ghana and other English-speaking countries in West Africa, for their staff to develop the necessary skills to start and complete a capitalisation process. The process starts off with a first workshop, planned to take place in Accra, Ghana, between 27 and 30 March 2017.

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. 

Some of the organisations participating from the region include UNDP from Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ghana; Plan International, IFAD, Farm Radio, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), FARA-PAEPARD project, African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN), CSIR-LRI, Farmerline, Syecomp, Canadian Feed the Children.

Krishan Bheenick, CTA's Senior Programme Coordinator for Knowledge Management will be one of the co-facilitators of the workshop. A French version of the workshop, using learning resources currently being developed, will be scheduled for the second half of 2017.

Building Synergies in Capacity Development at IGAD Pre-Conference Meeting, RDA-9

Monday, 03 April 2017 - Monday, 03 April 2017
Barcelona, Catalunya, ES

There are many synergies in capacity development activities undertaken by the RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) and the Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). Both initiatives aim to explore closer collaborations during the IGAD pre-conference meeting at the University of Barcelona on April 3-4, 2017 prior to the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting, to be held on April 5-7, 2017.

More than 100 data experts from more than 35 countries have already registered to the IGAD pre-meeting where the participants will be briefed about ongoing activities of IGAD Working Groups (WGs) and will convey new ideas through the proposals for future work. Among many points of discussion, the IGAD pre-meeting will be also the springboard for the official launching of the Joint Building Synergies in Capacity Development Discussion Group,  in the context of research data in agriculture and their potential contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The discussion group will be co-chaired by Isaura Lopes Ramos, CTA's Project coordinator, Global Open Data for Impact and capacity development on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN Action) project, and Suchith Anand (GODAN).

This event will be a unique opportunity for all participants to provide multidisciplinary inputs about best practices into the curriculum development process with the objective to expand the societal impact of open agricultural research. A particular focus will be on sharing knowledge about training programs and platforms reducing digital divides so that researchers in developing countries can also benefit.

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.

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.

Scaling Up Agricultural Adaptation through Insurance

Sunday, 14 May 2017 - Sunday, 14 May 2017
Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE

Agricultural insurance is an important tool which can help address the increasingly erratic weather and climate shifts, by providing indemnity payments to farmers. However, traditional insurance schemes are costly and not viable for many remote rural smallholders. Fortunately, considerable advances have been made in the field of index-based agricultural insurance, which involves linking payouts to scientific ‘triggers’ or thresholds beyond which agricultural production begin to suffer. Furthermore, there has been a growing emphasis on climate insurance in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes, and the Paris Agreement explicitly identifies insurance solutions as an area of cooperation to address climate impacts.

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.

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Second Training Workshop on Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - Friday, 24 March 2017
Arusha, Arusha Region, TZ

The “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project is being 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).

Representatives of the East African Farmers Federation (EAFF) met in Nairobi, Kenya, in November 2016, in a workshop organised by the project at which they were introduced to the IMARK learning module on experience capitalisation, planned the process of capitalization and started their own process. Another group of organisations involved in the Public-Private-Producers Partnerships (4Ps) mechanisms in value chains development in East Africa also got together for a similar training session which took place in Kigali, Rwanda, in December 2016. Both groups have meanwhile been mentored remotely on their process of documenting their experiences.

This second workshop will take place in Arusha, Tanzania, between 21 and the 24 March 2017 with participants from both EAFF and the 4Ps programme (funded by IFAD across 3 countries in Eastern Africa). Using a writeshop approach, they will be finalising the documentation of their experiences and will plan for dissemination within their organisations and networks.  Participants will draw specific lessons regarding the process and plan for activities that promote further capitalisation of experiences within their institutions.  They will also plan for future activities with the group and with other participants who are gathered around a Community of Practice on Capitalization of Experiences.

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

Brussels Briefing 48 - Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa

Monday, 20 March 2017 - Monday, 20 March 2017
Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, BE

A Brussels Briefing on the topic 'Rapid urbanisation and rural transformation: trends and opportunities', will take place on Monday 20 March 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00 at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. To stay up to date and register for the event, visit Brussels Briefings.

The event is organised by CTA together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Agency (GIZ), the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord.

29th CTA Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, 16 March 2017 - Friday, 17 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.

Eastern and Southern Africa Sustainability Summit

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Friday, 17 March 2017
Lusaka, Lusaka Province, ZM

The Indaba Agriculture Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) will hold a regional sustainability summit from eastern and southern African countries in Lusaka, Zambia, on 16-17 March 2017. Olu Ajayi, Senior programme coordinator for agricultural and rural development policy, will give a presentation on CTA's work to make cereal and livestock farming climate-resilient in southern Africa.

The objective of the summit is to present and discuss available research evidence that may assist African governments put in place strategies that anticipate increasing climate variability, and promote sustainable agricultural productivity, growth, and energy supplies, while maintaining and improving the natural resource base, to identify the key knowledge gaps on climate resilience (mitigation and adaptation), to present and discuss policy options that will create incentives for farmers in the region to adopt practices that will improve and maintain agricultural productivity while maintaining and improving upon the natural resource base; and, to present and discuss how best durable agri-food, energy, and ecological systems in the region can be maintained in the light of anticipated human-induced climate change.

Workshop on Humanitarian Drones

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 - Wednesday, 08 March 2017
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, NL

This two-day workshop will bring together leading experts in the areas of humanitarian response aid, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), crisis response management, ethics, and peace management to build on the 2014 UN OCHA report on the use of drones in humanitarian contexts. The purpose of the event is to develop a code of ethics and good practice guidelines in the use of drones in the context of development work. 

CTA will be represented at the event by Giacomo Rambaldi, Senior Programme Coordinator for Information and Communication Technologies. Rambaldi has been coordinating activities and supporting the generation of new knowledge about the use of civilian drones (also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs) to support farming, fisheries, livestock and natural resource management in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Among other aspects, Rambaldi will present two major studies led by CTA: Drone governance: study of policies, laws and regulations governing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in ACP countries (2016) and Practical ethics for PGIS practitioners, facilitators, technology intermediaries and researchers (2007) which was published in 12 languages and is still in use at present. 

The workshop is organised by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Responsible Robotics, the University of Delft and The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has been involved in laying the foundation for this initiative and will be represented at the event. 

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. 

De la Ferme Digitale à l'ouest Africain

Sunday, 26 February 2017 - Friday, 03 March 2017
Paris, Île-de-France, FR

Daral Technologies et Sooretul, deux jeunes start-ups sénégalaises lauréates du Pitch AgriHack 2016 organisé par le CTA, participent au Salon international de l’Agriculture, en France, du 26 février au 3 mars. Les startups ont été invitées par le CTA et le Secretariat d’état à l’innovation et à l’économie numérique (France), en collaboration avec la Chambre d’Agriculture de Vendée (France) et les organisateurs du concours français AgreenStartup avec lesquels le programme Pitch AgriHack a initié un partenariat.

3rd PAFO Ordinary General Assembly

Sunday, 19 February 2017 - Monday, 20 February 2017
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, ET

The Assembly of the Panafrican Farmers' Organisation (PAFO) will bring together the leaders and delegates of the five African farmers’ organisations from Eastern Africa (EAFF), Central Africa (PROPAC), Western Africa (ROPPA), Southern Africa (SACAU) and Northern Africa (UMNAGRI). CTA Director Michael Hailu will participate on behalf of the Centre. 

The Assembly will allow members to discuss the implementation and the future of their continental platform, as well as the challenges including among others the consolidation of institutional, organizational and partnership base; and, the consolidation of PAFO position in the different dialogue spaces and decision making regarding agriculture, livestock, fishery, forestry, rural development, in the African and international levels.

The event will take place at the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 February 2017.

G4AW Towards More Impact

Friday, 17 February 2017 - Friday, 17 February 2017
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, NL

The workshop, which will be attended by Benjamin Addom, CTA Programme Coordinator, Information and Communication Technologies,  aims to:

  1. Inspire and facilitate potential partnerships for the 3rd call of the Geodata for Agriculture and Water Facility (G4AW) programme with objectives, criteria, and timeline information.
  2. Share lessons learned and good practices from G4AW projects and related themes.
  3. Discuss with project managers of the 17 ongoing G4AW projects and experts in the field of finance, gender, water productivity and service development, about chances to strengthen the projects and secure a sustainable service provision.

Young Africa Works Summit

Thursday, 16 February 2017 - Friday, 17 February 2017
Kigali, RW

According to the African Development Bank, 10 to 12 million young Africans enter the workforce each year and, out of these, close to 80 per cent works on small farms and in household businesses. The Young Africa Works Summit will look at how to engage youth as drivers of agricultural transformation. This transformation holds tremendous promise for catalysing prosperity and creating sustainable livelihoods for young people in Africa.

The event will bring together a community of 300 thought leaders from NGOs, government, funders and the private sector committed to developing sustainable youth employment strategies in Africa. It will also directly involve young people to help understand and explore their journeys, including the challenges they face, in securing meaningful economic opportunities.

CTA will be represented at the Summit by panelist Carol Kakooza, Project manager of the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag Enabled Information Service (MUIIS) project. She will present the MUIIS project during the session on 'Mechanisation or ICT: Agricultural Transformation through Technology', which will focus on how technologies can support the productivity, access to the market, and income of young farmers and agripreneurs.

Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food

Thursday, 16 February 2017 - Thursday, 16 February 2017
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL

Together with the the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and the Rabobank Foundation, the Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) is organising its annual conference on the theme of Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food. Recent developments in technological applications such as satellites provide good sources of information to increase outreach of financial services especially to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The conference aims to show, share and discuss the latest technological applications based on satellite data in relation to inclusive finance and food security. 

CTA will be represented at the event by Benjamin Addom, Programme Coordinator, Information and Communication Technologies. Addom coordinates the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag Enabled Information Service (MUIIS) project, which has been granted an award by thGeodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) of the NSO. He is among the invited panelists at the session 'Data platforms for inclusive finance and food'. 

3rd Cooperative Leadership Event

Monday, 13 February 2017 - Friday, 17 February 2017
Antananarivo, Antananarivo Province, MG

CTA’s third Cooperative Leadership Event will take place in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on February 13-17, 2017. The event will be organised together with the National Cooperative Business Association and Cooperative League of the USA (NCBA-CLUSA) in order to strengthen leadership and management capacity of 100 local agricultural cooperatives, collect new and detailed data on these organisations, identify opportunities of project development and help the Ministry of Industry and Trade revise the national legal and policy framework for cooperative development.  

Creating Impact with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition

Monday, 13 February 2017 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017
The Hague, South Holland, NL

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, CABI, GODAN, CTA and Wageningen UR are partnering to organise the 3rd Workshop on Creating Impact with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition. The workshop will be staged at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, in The Hague.

The objectives of this workshop are:

  • To build action agendas to strengthen the role of open data in achieving sustainable production of food at lower environmental and social costs from both a public and private sector perspective;
  • To identify and scope big wins of open data towards impact and build collaborative partnerships for implementation;
  • To develop organisational and practical capacities for working with open data in a meaningful way.

The workshop will bring together a mix of key players from public as well as private sector organisations at national, international and global level: governments, businesses, consultants, universities, research organisations and NGOs. Participants are invited to share their views, practices, success stories/failures and business cases in participatory workshops and interactions. All participants will be invited to commit to personal action plans and concrete steps to actively turn the power of open data into real impact.

Brussels Development Briefing n.47: Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities

Friday, 03 February 2017 - Friday, 03 February 2017
Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, BE

The next Brussels Development Briefing n.47 on the subject of 'Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities' will take place on 3 February 2017, from 09:00 to 13:00, at the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), located in Georges Henri avenue, 451, in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing will be organised by CTA, in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Pan-African Farmers' Organisation (PAFO) and the ACP Secretariat.

In order to maximise the benefits of regional integration and look for new opportunities for competitiveness, policy-makers, the private sector and development partners need access to accurate and comprehensive data on intra and inter-regional trade in Africa with respect to agricultural goods. It is in this context that CTA and IFPRI are launching the African Agricultural Trade Status Report. which examines the current status, trends and outlook in African trade performance, making an important contribution towards data and analysis of developments both at regional and at continental levels. The report, which is released in conjunction with the Briefing, builds on the work by the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) of CAADP and the African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP) trade and also reflects CTA’s commitment to advancing knowledge and sharing of best practices relating to agricultural trade.

Seminar: Action Research for a New Generation of Agricultural Cooperatives in Africa

Thursday, 02 February 2017 - Thursday, 02 February 2017
Wageningen, NL

Are new generation cooperatives in Africa more likely to succeed in generating agribusiness and rural employment than traditional, community-based cooperatives? These new agricultural enterprises and their potential to foster rural employment especially among African youth and women, will be the focus of a brown bag presentation and research seminar organised at the Wageningen University & Research, in the Netherlands. 

Presented by Gian Nicola Francesconi, CTA Senior technical advisor for cooperative agribusiness development, and Michael Cook, Professor at the University of Missouri, the seminar will present the findings of a research conducted in 2016 and 2017 in Uganda, Malawi and Madagascar, where the leaders and managers of 300 agri-coops were surveyed, provided with research-based training on cooperative business models, and engaged in strategic discussions with private investors, donors and government agencies.

The event will take place at the Leeuwenborch building, Room C81, on Thursday 2 February from 12:15 to 13:30.

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