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February 13, 2017

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.

New perspectives from young professionals to enhance research and innovation partnerships

A blog post written by Laurianne Ollivier at the 2016 EFARD Annual Meeting

December 16, 2016

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). 

November 21, 2016

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.

Supporting gender focused climate smart agriculture

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.

November 3, 2016

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. 

Can Climate Smart Agriculture work for Nutrition?

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.

November 3, 2016

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. 

Whatever the cost, I will not go back to the office

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.

November 3, 2016

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.  

Job creation for the youth through farmer climate resilient practices

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

October 28, 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. 

Powering agribusiness with improved goat value chains

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.

October 28, 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.

Mitigating the consequences of aflatoxin in Africa

What role for the private sector?

October 21, 2016

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. 

October 21, 2016

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.

October 13, 2016

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

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.