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.
This year’s Caribbean Week of Agriculture focuses on investing in food and agriculture, highlighting the fundamental role of investment in stimulating the region’s agriculture and emerging food industry.
Every 16 October since 1979, World Food Day has been an occasion to focus on what is most important in the never-ending task of feeding the world. In 2016, a year that is shaping up to be far and away the hottest on record, that focus is especially sharp. The day’s theme leaves no room for doubt: “The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”
The World Bank has estimated that the value of food and agricultural markets in Africa may rise to US$1 trillion a year by 2030. But, on current trends, spending on food imports in the continent will triple by 2022. The question is: will African farmers tap into this huge market or will the continent simply continue to be a net food-importing region? To take advantage of fast-growing regional agricultural markets, African countries must invest in modernising their agricultural sectors, says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. And the involvement of central banks is crucial in this process; these financial institutions are taking up developmental mandates and directly intervening to facilitate access to credit for priority sectors such as agriculture.
October 10, 2016
Media release - Kingston 10 October, 2016
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Nine Pacific Island researchers and extension officers commenced a two week learning exchange in the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Trinidad. Over the next 2 weeks extension officers from Vanuatu, Samoa, PNG, Fiji and the Pacific Community will learn and exchange practices covering staple crops such as yams, dasheen (taro), cocoyam (xanthosoma) and sweet potatoes with their Caribbean counterparts.
September 30, 2016
From 4 to 9 October 2016, in Accra, Ghana
More than 700 delegates from around the world are in Accra, Ghana, from 4 to 9 October to focus attention on ways to transform Africa’s agribusiness environment. CTA will participate with a number of activities hereby described.