Just as several African countries have leapfrogged landline-based internet and went straight to mobile phones and tablets, so too can the region make huge strides in taking advantage of revolutions in data, mechanisation, precision agriculture, irrigation, solar power and many other areas that are increasingly within the reach of small-scale farmers, traders and other key players in the agriculture value chain. African entrepreneurs are at the forefront of exciting new developments that will revolutionise agricultural production and trade on the continent.
Against this backdrop, CTA is delighted to join forces with the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) in its first event in Africa.
GFIA is the world’s largest showcase for sustainable agricultural solutions, bringing together the public and private sectors, and providing an unrivalled platform for showing the world that agriculture is a thriving, dynamic business sector and an attractive investment opportunity – a message that CTA has been promoting for a long time.
Teaming up with GFIA has clear benefits – the high profile of the GFIA platform and its network of sponsors and participants, and shared interests in such areas as agribusiness and ICTs. GFIA also has much to gain from CTA’s engagement, particularly through our strong links with farmers’ organisations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, our work with women, young people and budding entrepreneurs, especially in ICTs, and our work with key policy-making forums. But more than anything, CTA will contribute to demonstrating that Africa has much to offer the rest of the world in terms of innovation in agriculture and rural development.
Let the conversations begin.
Michael Hailu, CTA Director
Dates: 1 and 2 December 2015.
Venue: Durban, South Africa.