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Boosting agriculture through innovative public-private lending partnerships

For immediate release - Brussels 04 November 2016

The growth of small-scale agriculture in developing countries is being held back by critical underfunding. Seeking to address this challenge, an international conference will explore an innovative approach for agricultural finance – the blending of private, philanthropic and public funding to leverage greater capital flows into smallholder value chains. The Blending4Ag conference will be held in Brussels on November 7-8. The conference is expected to lead to improved practices in mobilising agricultural finance, as well as to help forge new partnerships for mitigating and sharing risks in smallholder funding.

AU-EU Investing in a Food Secure Future

Monday 4 July - Wednesday 6 July 2016, Noordwijk, Netherlands

'Investing in a Food Secure Future' is a conference organised by the Government of the Netherlands, the African Union and the European Commission and set to take place on 4, 5 and 6 July 2016 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The conference will have a two-day experts' segment followed by a High-Level Ministerial segment on the third day to give political orientations to improve AU-EU agricultural cooperation and build on previous international efforts and existing structures.

ACP Joint Stakeholders’ Conference

Tuesday 5 July - Wednesday 6 July 2016, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium

The 2016 JSC Conference was successfully hosted and concluded at the ACP House in Brussels on the 5th and 6th July 2016 and brought together stakeholders of the three key ACP-EU Programmes – EDULINK II, ACP Science and Technology Programme II and the ACP Caribbean & Pacific Research Programme for Sustainable Development.

Experience Sharing on ICT4Ag

Tuesday 28 June - Friday 1 July 2016, Wageningen, Netherlands

Experience Sharing on ICT4Ag A workshop held from 28 June - 01 July 2016 in Wageningen, the Netherlands to help document experiences and capitalise on the knowledge gained during the implementation of seven projects involving ICTs within the agricultural sector in Antigua, Belize, Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, and Sudan.

Responsible and sustainable sourcing through fair trade

Wednesday 22 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium

June 14, 2016

The next Brussels Briefing, No. 44 in the series, will address issues relating to promoting responsible value chains and sustainable sourcing through fair trade in the agricultural sector. It will highlight the problems that currently make value chains unsustainable, particularly at the farmers' level. It will also present examples of how fair trade is promoting sustainable sourcing. 

On June 14, 2016 the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO), HarvestPlus and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) will host an all-day workshop on Going the Last Mile: Accelerating Progress in Food Security and Nutrition.

Seed fairs to strengthen climate resilient crop production in West Africa

Sunday 19 June - Sunday 26 June 2016, Bamako, Mali

June 13, 2016

Outputs of maize and groundnut – two key crops for West African food security – could be greatly increased by better farmer access to improved seed, supported by good agricultural practices. Varieties developed by research institutes offer higher yields and stronger resistance to challenges related to climate change, such as drought. Two seed fairs, being held in Kayes and Sikasso, Mali, between June 20 and 25, seek to create awareness of the seeds that are available to help farmers adapt to climate change and provide opportunities for key value chain actors in West Africa to exchange information and feedback on seed systems. 

Promoting agribusiness development at European Development Days 2016

Wednesday 15 June - Thursday 16 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium

June 8, 2016

CTA continues its involvement with this flagship annual conference

CTA followed on from its previous success at Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation by co-organising five sessions to promote agribusiness development at the European Development Days 2016 (EDD).

With this bi-regional dialogue platform, PACE-Net Plus will present a strategy to support the official recognition of the fundamental importance of ST&I in the sustainable development of Pacific Island Countries; PACE-Net Plus will also propose concrete joint activities to strengthen the STI cooperation between EU and the Pacific Region, thus contributing to policy dialogue between the two regions.

The PACE-Net Plus consortium has analyzed past EU-Pacific STI collaboration in the domain area "food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime science and the bio-economy", through consultations such as the 2014 Bremen Think Tank, desk research, surveys and semi-structured interviews and has identified FNS innovation niches. 

8th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government

Monday 30 May - Wednesday 1 June 2016, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

The 8th Summit of Heads of State of Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group concluded with a renewed commitment to rally together to contribute more effectively to the global development agenda, and bring about concrete action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

November 18, 2015

A little more than one year after the African Union (AU) Malabo declaration on “accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods”, the spotlight is once again on Central Africa. And it is once again in Malabo that the CTA partners are meeting between 16 and 18 November 2015, at the invitation of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), for a regional conference on the theme “Promoting regional agricultural trade and value chains for 2025: Malabo speaks to Central Africa”. At a time when the Centre is establishing regional business plans in order to better respond to the needs of the ACP countries in terms of agricultural and rural development, this conference is part of a proactive, ambitious and concrete approach.

CTA participated in the Caribbean Week of Agriculture which took place in Suriname, Paramaribo from 6-12 October 2014 under the theme: "Transforming Caribbean Agriculture through Family Farming".The Ministry of agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries of the Government of Suriname were the organisers of the event in collaboration with the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Secretariat.

In 2014, CTA celebrated 30 years of service to agricultural and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP). The Centre WAs proud to mark this milestone and acknowledged the contribution of its many partners in its endeavour to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management.

CTA's online dossier on family farming

2014 - International Year of Family Farming (IYFF)

CTA made a well-targeted contribution to raise the profile of family farming throughout 2014. The Centre kicked off its campaign by publishing three position papers on ways to rejuvenate family farming: ‘Increasing access to credit and financial tools, ‘Enhancing knowledge-sharing practices’, ‘Expanding use of ICTs’ and ‘Development of inclusive commercial value chains’. These position papers are available in CTA’s online dossier on family farming

These were followed up by special editions of the ICT Update and Spore magazines that highlighted efforts by a wide range of ARD stakeholders to build resilience of family farming. Working closely with its partners, CTA also developed numerous activities to encourage youth and agri-entrepreneurs to engage in family farming, including an e-debate on ‘Youth sustaining family farming through ICTs’. CTA’s Ardyis project initiated this activity in collaboration with the African Youth Foundation (AYF). During this year’s Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo), special prizes were awarded to two blogs on family farming.

European Development Days

Resilience-building for improved food security and nutrition: From policy engagement to sustained change

November 5, 2013

High-Level Panel European Development Days Tuesday 26 November 2013 14:00-15:30 Auditorium B, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

June 28, 2013

As part of the decentralisation of the Brussels Development Briefings and support to most vulnerable countries, Haiti runs the 2nd national Briefing on "Valorisation of local products as an alternative for food security" on Tuesday, 2nd July 2013, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

December 15, 2012

During 2012, extreme weather events have wreaked havoc in many regions around the world, most recently with Superstorm Sandy, which resulted in loss of life and economic hardship, particularly in the poorer Caribbean states. As delegates gather in Doha, Qatar during November 26 to December 7 2012, for the next United Nations climate change summit (COP18) the urgency of taking action against climate change has never been more evident.

Caribbean Week of Agriculture to celebrate youth and gender

11th Caribbean Week of Agriculture, Antigua and Barbuda, 12 -20 October 2012

November 5, 2012

Celebrating youth and gender in Caribbean agriculture under the theme "Each endeavouring, all achieving," will be the main focus of the 11th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) to be held in Antigua and Barbuda during 12 -20 October 2012. The CWA is unique not only in the Caribbean but also in other ACP regions, as it provides a regular space for dialogue between the agricultural community and the highest level of policy representatives from across the region.