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) is organising a 2-day national workshop on 'Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands' on 28–29 June 2017 in Suva, Fiji.
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), Agribusiness TV, ProHaus Group (USA), Orange Fab Côte d'Ivoire, Wennovation (Nigeria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Benin), Suguba (Mali), CTIC Dakar (Senegal), CIPMEN (Niger), Woelab (Togo) and Jokkolab (Africa).
June 9, 2017
Launch of the Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Agribusiness TV, ProHaus Group (USA) and innovation spaces including Orange Fab (Côte d'Ivoire), Wennovation (Nigeria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Benin), Suguba (Mali), CTIC Dakar (Senegal), CIPMEN (Niger), Woelab (Togo) and Jokkolab (Afrique), is launching the Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017, in the framework of its AgriHack Talent Programme. This edition follows the successful organisation of the pilot edition Pitch AgriHack 2016.
Index-based weather insurance can help smallholder farmers increase their resilience to changing weather patterns caused by climate change. CTA promotes index insurance as a cost-effective safety net to smallholders in Southern and Eastern Africa. This past May, CTA presented its work in the field at a high-level conference in Bonn, Germany.
May 11, 2017
Bringing together insurance, big data and agricultural innovation - 14 May 2017, Bonn, Germany
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).
CTA partner Agribusiness TV, has been awarded the 2017 United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prize in the “Media” category.
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.
Senior experts and policymakers presented important lessons and opportunities for African countries to strengthen linkages between rural and urban areas at a Brussels Briefing which took place on Monday 20th March 2017. The event, held under the title of “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa”, attracted a wide audience of over 130 participants representing the ACP and EU diplomatic and development communities present at the ACP Secretariat, and an online audience of over 100 following via webstream. It was organised by CTA, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Agency (GIZ), the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and Concord (the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development).
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.