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June 30, 2017

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.

June 26, 2017

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.

June 26, 2017

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.

June 23, 2017

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.

June 23, 2017

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 19, 2017

Join the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in our efforts to help young entrepreneurs in offering innovative ICT services to support the agri-food sector. We are looking for investors to support Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017. It will be organised in collaboration with organisations including the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), the EIC Corporation (Côte d'Ivoire), Agribusiness TV, ProHaus Group (USA), Wennovation (Nigeria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Benin), Suguba (West Africa), CTIC Dakar (Senegal), CIPMEN (Niger), Woelab (Togo) and Jokkolab (Côte d'Ivoire/Africa). 

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Launch of the Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017

June 9, 2017

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

Scaling Up Agricultural Adaptation through Insurance

Bringing together insurance, big data and agricultural innovation - 14 May 2017, Bonn, Germany

May 11, 2017

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).

May 12, 2017

The creation of employment opportunities for young people is among the major development challenges of our time

On 18th May 2017, we will hold the 49th Briefing on Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture. We will discuss the key role youth in the future of agriculture and the new opportunities that they can seize in terms of production, market access and gains along the value chain.