After over one and a half years of thoughtful and careful preparations, the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) Service Bundle was officially launched at the Uganda country office on 8 March 2017. The MUIIS Service Bundle consists of a series of context-specific weather alerts, agronomic tips and index-based insurance throughout the season and covers four agricultural commodities: maize, beans, sesame and soybeans. Built together by a strong consortium of seven partners, both local and international, and other third party service providers, the service is geared towards harnessing satellite data to support extension and advisory service to farmers in Uganda. At the time of the launch, over 30,000 farmers had been profiled (digitally registered) and the registration can only increase when the platform is opened to the public and farmers see the value of the service bundle.
About 100 members of agricultural cooperatives from 16 regions of Madagascar, in addition to 100 representatives of the government, the private sector and international NGOs, gathered at the Cooperative Leadership Forum in Antananarivo at the end of February 2017. The event was jointly organised by CTA and NCBA-CLUSA (National Cooperative Business Association, Cooperative League of the United States of America) and supported by the Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development (MIDSP).
March 8, 2017
International Women's Day 2017
As International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017 is marked today under the theme Be Bold for Change, the EU issued a joint statement where it notes that “women are often among the most vulnerable, in conflicts, in situations of migration and displacement, and where poverty and climate change hit the hardest.”
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, CTA is pleased to showcase the work of young women involved in agribusiness. The stories narrated in these videos have been identified and elaborated by our partner Agribusiness TV. Happy International Women Day to all women involved in agriculture in ACP countries!
A new generation of cooperatives is possible in Madagascar. The Cooperative Leadership Forum, taking place on 13-17 February 2017 in Antananarivo, will discuss some of the keys to achieving this goal. The event is organised by CTA together with the National Cooperative Business Association and Cooperative League of the USA (NCBA/CLUSA) and its local partners, with support from the Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development.
December 16, 2016
A blog post written by Laurianne Ollivier at the 2016 EFARD Annual Meeting
The 2016 annual meeting of the European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (EFARD), organised in collaboration with the Platform for African-European partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), brought together research and non-research professionals from Western, Central/Eastern Europe and Africa, to debate on the future of Users’-led research and innovation partnerships (MSHIP).
The ICT Update website has re-launched today with a new look that that makes information more accessible on mobile, tablet as well as desktop computers.
21 November 2016, Wageningen – Aflatoxins are one of the major ‘silent’ threats to the African continent’s food supply. A new report points the way to fighting aflatoxin contamination and reducing exposure levels.
November 3, 2016
Blogpost by Bob Aston, Social Reporter covering the 'Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa' workshop, on 2-4 November 2016, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Upscaling climate smart agriculture among female farmers can play a critical role in empowering women. This is the general consensus during a Workshop on Gender sensitive Climate Smart Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa that is taking place at Fairview Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from 2-4 November 2016.
November 3, 2016
Blog post by Maureen Agena, Social Reporter covering the 'Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa' workshop, on 2-4 November 2016, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Eating and drinking well has become of more value and importance to many people today, with a lot of research showing us which foods put us most at risk and which ones may lower our risk of disease. Researchers are looking to better understand how nutrition in agriculture is of importance in a changing climate.
November 3, 2016
Blogpost by Maureen Agena, Social Reporter for the Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa Workshop, 2-4 November 2016, Nairobi, Kenya.
Confident about what she was about to share with the participants, Mrs. Peris W. Njenga walked to the front of the room and greeted the team with an infectious smile. She had come to share on how climate change had affected farmers and particularly female dairy farmers. This was at a Programme design workshop on gender sensitive climate smart agriculture in Eastern Africa, organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in Nairobi, Kenya.
October 28, 2016
Blog post by Simon Wandila, Social Reporter covering the Study Tour on “Coping with Climate Change through Livestock” in KwaZulu-Natal, from 26 – 28 October 2016
Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force extend generational cycles of poverty, it also disrupts social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of delinquency among the youth who are not in employment.
October 28, 2016
Blog post by Raymond Erick Zvavanyange, Social Reporter covering the Study Tour on “Coping with Climate Change through Livestock” in KwaZulu-Natal, from 26 – 28 October 2016.
The World Bank has projected agribusiness to be worth an estimated USD $1 trillion dollars by 2030. To realise this worth, more attention needs to be given to often neglected sectors, such as the goat industry, and in particular improving goat value chain, as the basis for agribusiness development in rural communities. The World Bank report continues that farmers and agribusinesses need to be connected with consumers in an increasingly urbanised Africa.
October 21, 2016
What role for the private sector?
Aflatoxins are toxic substances, produced by fungi, which colonise maize, sorghum, groundnuts, millet, cassava and chilies among other commodities in Africa. The consequences of contamination are manifold and detrimental for human health, food security and trade. CTA and the African Union Commission - Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) are currently seeking to engage the private sector and upscale viable solutions to tackle this complex challenge in African countries.
Grassroots by nature, agricultural cooperatives make up a complex landscape in Africa. As their roles develop along with African economies, there is a lot of room to learn: for the leaders of cooperatives to learn new management skills, and for the rest of the world to learn about the work they do. A recent Cooperative Leadership Event saw 120 cooperatives and farmer organisations take on both sides of this learning process in Malawi. As the second such event to take place, it was only the start of something bigger for a continent of cooperatives.