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A new investment guide for the Caribbean sweet potato sector

For immediate release - Wageningen, 20 July 2017

July 20, 2017

The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation are launching an investment guide for the sweet potato sector in the Caribbean. The guide highlights the investment potential in the CARIFORUM region's growing agribusiness sector, with increasing global demand for tubers, added value of cultivating the crop, and the governments' efforts to promote production and value addition.

A line-up of top international actors will meet to debate the theme of "Investing in Development" this week during European Development Days (EDD), Europe's leading forum on development and cooperation. The event, organised by the European Commission and held in Brussels, seeks to identify innovative pathways for sustainable development and forge new partnerships to drive strategies for tackling poverty. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is participating in five events during the two-day forum, which runs from June 7 to 8.

April 26, 2017

A guidebook designed for young people interested in developing e-agriculture businesses in African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries is launched today. Published by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), An ICT Agripreneurship Guide – A Path to Success for Young ACP Entrepreneurs seeks to help young entrepreneurs to tap in to the massive scope offered by information and communication technologies (ICTs) for driving ACP economies, especially in the agribusiness sector. The handbook is being unveiled at the African Youth Agripreneurs Forum, to be held in Ibadan, Nigeria on April 25-26.

Cashing in on cassava – a strategic crop for Central Africa

For immediate release - Yaoundé, 29 November 2016

Of all the crops grown in Central Africa, cassava has the strongest potential to increase food security, generate greater benefits for farmers from value addition and foster regional trade. A Regional Forum on Cassava in Central Africa - Challenges and opportunities for smallholders will examine how to develop a regional value chain that can tap into these opportunities, creating jobs and income for a large number of people. The forum will be held from 6 to 9 December in Yaoundé, Cameroon, alongside the annual Salon International de l’Agriculture et de l’Agroalimentaire de Yaoundé (SIALY).

The level of intra-regional trade of cereals such as maize, millet, sorghum and rice is lagging way below its potential in West Africa, despite opportunities from flourishing local production and strong demand from growing urban populations. A conference on How to structure the grain trade in West Africa: which market instruments and public policy measures? will examine some of the current constraints to increased intra-regional trade in the cereals sector, as well as ways of making it more dynamic. The event will be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from November 29 to December 1.

COP22 – Action for agriculture

For immediate release - Marrakesh, 14 November 2016

November 14, 2016

With the future of agriculture moving up the agenda at the UN Conferences of the Parties (COP22) negotiations, a trio of side events is examining key issues for farmers facing climate change. Sessions held on the sidelines of the climate change talks currently under way in Marrakesh, Morocco have included the launch of an ambitious new initiative to support agriculture and build climate resilience for farmers in Africa. Also discussed was the importance of involving young people in developing and implementing smart climate change solutions for agriculture, as well as effective ways of mobilising finance to fund them. 

Opening Statement by Michael Hailu, Director of CTA

For immediate release - Brussels, 07 November 2016

Opening statement delivered by Michael Hailu, Director of CTA, at the Blending4Ag conference, on Monday 7 November. The Blending4Ag conference is taking place in Brussels and is focusing on the strategic use of international and national development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilise private capital flows into agricultural value chains in developing countries.

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.

Chefs for Development: a powerful synergy between agriculture and cuisine

For immediate release - Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands, 28 October 2016

October 28, 2016

A platform that promotes stronger linkages between chefs and small-scale producers in Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean countries was launched in the Caribbean. Chefs for Development aims to stimulate demand of local agrifood products in the domestic and hospitality sector, improving public health and reducing unsustainable food import bills in island countries. The platform was unveiled in the Cayman Islands, where the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 opened on Wednesday.

Remarks by Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community

At the opening ceremony of the fourteenth Caribbean Week of Agriculture

October 27, 2016

His Excellency Franz Manderson, Acting Governor of the Cayman Islands;
Honourable Alden McLaughlin Premier, Cayman Islands;
Honourable Ministers of the Caribbean Community;
Members of the Legislative Assembly;
Honourable Matai Seremaiah Nawalu - Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, Vanuatu;
Mr. Victor Villalobos – Director-General, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA);
Mr. Michael Hailu, Director, ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA);
Dr. Lystra Fletcher-Paul, sub-regional Director, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO);
Heads of Regional Institutions;
Representative so the Private Sector;
Youths;
Distinguished Delegates;
Representatives of the Media;
Ladies and Gentlemen.

Dynamic value chains to drive agricultural development in the Caribbean

For immediate release - Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands, 26 October 2016

October 26, 2016

Boosting sustainable and profitable value chains offers the best prospects for driving a dynamic agriculture sector in the Caribbean. A series of workshops held in the run-up to the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 heard that a range of initiatives is already producing encouraging results. Aimed at improving food security and increasing rural incomes, the strategy also seeks to reduce the Caribbean’s soaring food import bill, which is currently more than US$4 billion per year, and forecast to more than double by 2020. 

October 26, 2016

"Hon. Premier of the Cayman Islands
H.E. Irwin Laroque, CARICOM Secretary General
CARDI, FAO, IICA Representatives
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,