The 7th edition of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which opened in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 4th September, officially came to an end on Friday 8th September 2017. The Forum closed with a feeling of satisfaction, both in terms of the agreed financial commitments and the new agriculture initiatives presented.
CTA director Michael Hailu has expressed his sympathies to Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, as well as other countries and territories, at the loss of life and the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria and the resulting impacts on people’s livelihoods.
September 11, 2017
AMCOMET Africa Hydromet Forum 2017
By 2050 global food production will need to double to combat hunger, malnutrition, and to meet the needs of a growing population. Data has the potential to contribute to solving agriculture and nutrition challenges. It is within this context and the GODAN Action project that CTA, RCMRD and partners will host a side event titled “Leveraging Weather Data for Agriculture and Nutrition Challenges in Africa” on 12 September 2017 during the the 2017 AMCOMET-Africa Hydromet Forum.
The Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) has released a new video that captures the lessons learned from farmer-orientated value chain trainings in Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu. This video was produced under the jointly funded project by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 'Leveraging the development of local food crops and fisheries value chains for improved nutrition and sustainable food systems in the Pacific Islands' which is being implemented in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO).
As a partner of the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), CTA will be able to further its mission of advancing food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa through innovations in sustainable agriculture. The Forum will also host the final stage of the CTA’s West Africa Pitch AgriHack! Competition and award ceremony for the winners.
July 31, 2017
The Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 on ‘Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity For Sustainable Development’ was held at the World Trade Organization in Geneva from 11 to 13 July 2017.
Underpinning the Global Review is a monitoring and evaluation exercise aimed at surveying Aid-for-Trade priorities and how these have changed; the status of Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation and support; engagement in, and support to, the development of e-commerce; and infrastructure investment, the development of related services markets and related investment climate reforms. One cross-cutting theme that was examined was women's economic empowerment.
CTA and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) have launched an investment guide for the sweet potato sector in Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries as part of a wider project to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region and help them obtain finance.
At the European Development Days (EDDs) in Brussels, on 7 June 2017, a joint statement committing to the new European Consensus on Development was officially signed by the European Union and its Member States. The Consensus lays out the core principles that will direct the EU and its member states’ approach and cooperation with developing countries in achieving the 2030 sustainable development agenda.
At a small ceremony held at CTA headquarters in Wageningen on Friday, June 30, 2017, both CTA and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance and intensify cooperation between the two organisations. This MoU provides a framework for the organisations to cooperate in activities where there is a mutual interest especially in the area of benefiting agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
Associations and organisations of African farmers can be turned into modern and competitive enterprises that still preserve cooperative principles by applying six steps. This allows the development of autonomous, democratic and farmer-owned organisations that can also boost rural employment and agri-business in Africa as shown in a recent study.
Agribusiness, youth and women entrepreneurship, regional trade and ICT4Ag were the key themes of five panel debates that CTA organised with its partners during the 2017 European Development Days (EDD). CTA director, Michael Hailu, reflects on the discussions during the forum, both within and outside the CTA sessions.
Partners in the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation’s (CTA) regional flagship project have unveiled country plans for promoting weather-index insurance and drought-tolerant crop varieties as part of resilient solutions for smallholder farmers to cope with climate change.
Alice Kachere is more a smart than a lucky farmer. Last year, a scorching drought and floods destroyed livestock and crops, leaving many farmers in Malawi food insecure.
On the outskirts of the capital Lilongwe in the central region of Malawi, many farmers are celebrating a bumper harvest, thanks to good rains after years of drought. Kachere from Kalumbu village, 30 km south east of Lilongwe, is one of them.
Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator ARD Policy, was interviewed following the launch of the CTA Southern Africa Flagship Project which aims to build smallholder farmers’ resilience through the adopting of climate smart agriculture solutions.
June 21, 2017
Fiji National Roundtable Workshop
CTA and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO), in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) organised a 2-day national workshop on 'Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands' on 28–29 June 2017 in Suva, Fiji.