Press release

CWA Media Room

August 28, 2017

With more than 300 million young Africans due to enter the job market over the next 15 years, there is an urgent need to focus on agriculture as a source, not just of food, but also of employment and economic growth. More than 750 delegates are expected to attend the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which CTA is supporting through various side events and other activities. The AGRF, that will be held 4-8 September in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, is a major annual event on the African continent’s agriculture and agribusiness agenda. 

Participatory mapping is a powerful tool for enabling local communities to document their landscapes and shape policies that affect their development. A Participatory 3 Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) exercise presented at the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture shows how an indigenous tribe in Suriname has developed a 3D map of its territory. The initiative, implemented by CTA and partners in close cooperation with the riverside community, is helping to bridge the gap between scientific and traditional knowledge and empower local people in natural resource management and climate change adaptation.

And the winner is... Node420, from Jamaica. The team's ICT application, also called Node420, offers real-time weather analysis and automatic yield forecasts for farmers. The AgriHack Talent Caribbean contest, organised by CTA and partners, came to a close during the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture, held this week in Paramaribo, Suriname. The winning teams designed agricultural apps that can forecast crop yields, improve pest management and put farmers in touch with market outlets.