Agenda d'événements

Actualités et évènements

Global Expert Meeting on Agriculture & Agro-industries Development towards Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

Monday, 24 April 2017 - Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province, ZW

Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialisation are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity, and equality within societies.  However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations.

A special meeting to be held on 24-26 April 2017 will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialisation across countries. The overall objective of this preparatory meeting is to identify potential incentives and initiatives to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through agriculture and agro-industry development and ensuring impact at scale to move the needle on the SDG indicators. Such identified pathways could be presented to ECOSOC as recommendations and initiatives for Member States that can be implemented or facilitated by the wide range of organisations participating in the preparatory meeting and other partners. 

This is an initiative supported by a range of United Nations entities and engaging other organisations such as the African Development Bank, the African Union, NEPAD and representatives of development organisations, including CTA. The Center will be represented at the event by Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator, Agricultural and Rural Development Policy.

African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Ibadan, État d'Oyo, NG

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with CTA, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN), is organising the African Agripreneurs Youth Forum (AYA Forum) in Ibadan, Nigeria. It aims at demonstrating/showcasing success and business potential of agribusiness across Africa for job and wealth creation; and connecting agripreneurs to business and development organisations. About 250 young agripreneurs from Africa are expected at the Forum, as well as institutional and business partners. 

The AYA Forum is a platform where agripreneurs across Africa come together and seek to escalate the impact of their activities. It will comprise a two-day conference and workshop with thematic discussions and presentation of success stories. Also scheduled is the Agri-Pitch Entrepreneurship Competition that will lead to a selection of 3 finalists for presentation at the AfDB annual meeting in India, in May 2017. Among other participants, the AYA Forum will be attended by some of CTA's AgriHack programme participants and youth from the farmers' networks it collaborates with.

Two side events, including the Partner Workshop on Youth e-Agriculture Entrepreneurship organised by CTA and a mentor and incubator training programme are also set to take place at the Forum on 23 and 24 April.

CTA will be represented at the event by Ken Lohento, ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator.

G20 con­fer­ence One World – No Hunger. Fu­ture of the rural world

Thursday, 27 April 2017 - Friday, 28 April 2017
Berlin, Berlin, DE

"The Future of the Rural World: Innovation - Youth- Employment" is the theme of a conference organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the framework of Germany's G20 presidency

A productive and sustainable agri-food sector in rural areas of developing countries is vital if young people are to enjoy long-term jobs and income and natural resources are to be protected. In this way, we can eradicate poverty and hunger, reduce rural exodus and secure food supply - even with a growing global population. Rural areas urgently need innovation and new economic and political impetus. We must ensure that globalisation is fair and that rural areas do not lose out.

Michael Hailu will attend the G20 conference on behalf of CTA, along with different actors from the political arena, the private sector, academia, and civil society. The conference is scheduled to take place at the Berlin Congress Center, on 27 and 28 April 2017.

Agrinatura Workshop 'Mutual prosperity: why North and South need each other’

Thursday, 27 April 2017 - Thursday, 27 April 2017
Uppsala, Uppsala County, SE

The workshop is organised as part of the annual Agrinatura General Assembly meeting, set to take place on 26 and 27 April, 2017 in Uppsala, Sweden. The General Assembly is hosted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Agrinatura will take this opportunity to organise a special workshop to bring together people, institutions and initiatives discussing specific topics related to agricultural and rural development. 

This year this workshop holds theme ‘Mutual Prosperity Why North and South Need Each Other’. Judith A. Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy at CTA and executive secretary of the European Forum on Research for Development (EFARD), is among the workshop's speakers. She will conduct a presentation on 'European engagement and the PAEPARD Users’ Led Process: implications for development impact on research for development. CTA is a partner in the PAEPARD project and also represents the EFARD Secretariat.

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture - Europe edition

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 - Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Utrecht, Utrecht, NL

CTA is supporting the European edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) together with a pool of organisations working in the area of agricultural development and innovation. Further details about CTA's participation will be announced on this website. 

GFIA is the world’s largest showcase for sustainable agricultural solutions, bringing together the public and private sectors, and providing an unrivaled 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. Following a fruitful collaboration at the Global GFIA held in Abu Dhabi in May 2015, CTA and GFIA officialised their partnership and jointly organised the first GFIA Africa edition.

Scaling Up Agricultural Adaptation through Insurance

Sunday, 14 May 2017 - Sunday, 14 May 2017
Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE

Agricultural insurance is an important tool which can help address the increasingly erratic weather and climate shifts, by providing indemnity payments to farmers. However, traditional insurance schemes are costly and not viable for many remote rural smallholders. Fortunately, considerable advances have been made in the field of index-based agricultural insurance, which involves linking payouts to scientific ‘triggers’ or thresholds beyond which agricultural production begin to suffer. Furthermore, there has been a growing emphasis on climate insurance in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes, and the Paris Agreement explicitly identifies insurance solutions as an area of cooperation to address climate impacts.

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). The event will bring together the climate change, agriculture and insurance communities to highlight the value of index-based insurance, draw lessons and identify key challenges for effective scaling up of index-based insurance as a climate change adaptation action. CTA will be represented at the event by Michael Hailu, CTA's Director, and Oluyede Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator for Agricultural and Rural Development Policy.

Briefing de Bruxelles 49 : « Les jeunes dans l’agribusiness: l’avenir de l’agriculture

Thursday, 18 May 2017 - Thursday, 18 May 2017
Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, BE

Le prochain Briefing de Bruxelles sur le Développement numéro 49 sur le thème « Les jeunes dans l’agribusiness: l’avenir de l’agriculture » se tiendra le jeudi 18 mai 2017 (09:00 to 13:00) au Secrétariat ACP (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Bruxelles, salle C).
Ce Briefing de Bruxelles est organisé par le CTA en collaboration avec le DG Développement et Coopération de la Commission européenne (CE/DEVCO), CONCORD et le Secrétariat ACP.

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Past Events

African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Ibadan, État d'Oyo, NG

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with CTA, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN), is organising the African Agripreneurs Youth Forum (AYA Forum) in Ibadan, Nigeria. It aims at demonstrating/showcasing success and business potential of agribusiness across Africa for job and wealth creation; and connecting agripreneurs to business and development organisations. About 250 young agripreneurs from Africa are expected at the Forum, as well as institutional and business partners. 

The AYA Forum is a platform where agripreneurs across Africa come together and seek to escalate the impact of their activities. It will comprise a two-day conference and workshop with thematic discussions and presentation of success stories. Also scheduled is the Agri-Pitch Entrepreneurship Competition that will lead to a selection of 3 finalists for presentation at the AfDB annual meeting in India, in May 2017. Among other participants, the AYA Forum will be attended by some of CTA's AgriHack programme participants and youth from the farmers' networks it collaborates with.

Two side events, including the Partner Workshop on Youth e-Agriculture Entrepreneurship organised by CTA and a mentor and incubator training programme are also set to take place at the Forum on 23 and 24 April.

CTA will be represented at the event by Ken Lohento, ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator.

Global Expert Meeting on Agriculture & Agro-industries Development towards Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

Monday, 24 April 2017 - Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province, ZW

Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialisation are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity, and equality within societies.  However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations.

A special meeting to be held on 24-26 April 2017 will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialisation across countries. The overall objective of this preparatory meeting is to identify potential incentives and initiatives to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through agriculture and agro-industry development and ensuring impact at scale to move the needle on the SDG indicators. Such identified pathways could be presented to ECOSOC as recommendations and initiatives for Member States that can be implemented or facilitated by the wide range of organisations participating in the preparatory meeting and other partners. 

This is an initiative supported by a range of United Nations entities and engaging other organisations such as the African Development Bank, the African Union, NEPAD and representatives of development organisations, including CTA. The Center will be represented at the event by Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator, Agricultural and Rural Development Policy.

Partner workshop on youth e-agriculture entrepreneurship

Sunday, 23 April 2017 - Monday, 24 April 2017
Ibadan, État d'Oyo, NG

Creating employment opportunities and decent livelihood options for the youth is one of the most pressing challenges facing governments in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Promoting youth engagement in agribusiness, including through the use of ICTs, has been one of CTA's focus areas over the past few years. Today, CTA is looking at scaling up impacts for its youth initiatives. This workshop will help devise strategies in this framework, particularly for ICT and youth in agriculture initiatives. 

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Review results of past AgriHack Talent initiatives;
  • Exchange on proposals aiming at supporting youth agribusinesses via stronger ICT business services;
  • Discuss technical partnership and funding opportunities.

The two-day workshop will focus on specific items as presented below:

  • 23 April: Discussion of a project idea to scale up youth agribusinesses through business services offered notably by young ICT entrepreneurs (open to selected partners)
  • 24 April: Reviewing and scaling up the AgriHack Talent initiative (particularly the Pitch AgriHack component) 

The workshop is organised in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN). Representatives from ICT incubators, venture capitals, young startups, farmer organisations and national entrepreneurship programs will also attend. 

This workshop is organised as a pre-event of the African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum, organised in Ibadan by AfDB on 25 and 26 April 2017, in collaboration with partners including CTA.

CTA will be represented at the event by Ken Lohento, ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator.

Workshop on the capitalisation of experiences in development projects

Monday, 10 April 2017 - Thursday, 13 April 2017
Dona Paula, Goa, IN

A four-day workshop is set to take place in Goa, India, targeting the representatives of different organisations in India and Southeast Asia, all of them involved in development initiatives covering a wide range of themes. The workshop is part of a project aiming to support the development of participants’ skills to start and complete a capitalisation process. This will involve accompanying them in the process of describing and analysing the steps followed by the different projects, and the results, outcomes and impact seen in each case, identifying learning moments and specific lessons to share with others. This will be accomplished through two workshops, with online support in between.

The workshop will introduce participants to the IMARK learning module on experience capitalisation and discuss the best approach to encourage its use. Participants will also be introduced to the main concepts underlying the experience capitalisation approach. Thereafter, they will discuss a general methodology and the steps to follow to ensure its completion. As participants draw specific lessons regarding the process, they will also plan for future activities with the group and with other participants. 

Jorge Chávez-Tafur, CTA's Programme Coordinator for Knowledge Management will co-facilitate the workshop.

This workshop is part of the three-year project “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development”, implemented in different parts of the world by CTA, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In March 2017, similar workshops have taken place as part of this project, namely in Ghana and in Tanzania.

International conference on women in science, innovation and development

Sunday, 09 April 2017 - Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Mek'ele, Tigray, ET

In what is the first of its kind in the history of Ethiopian Higher Education institutions, Mekelle University held International Conference on Women in Science, Innovation and Development which brought together women scholars and leaders from various sectors and different corners of the world for three days from 10 to 12 April, 2017 at Mitiku Haile Hall, Main Campus, MU.

CTA was represented by Judith A. Francis, Senior Pprogramme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy.

Building Synergies in Capacity Development at IGAD Pre-Conference Meeting, RDA-9

Monday, 03 April 2017 - Monday, 03 April 2017
Barcelona, Catalunya, ES

There are many synergies in capacity development activities undertaken by the RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) and the Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). Both initiatives aim to explore closer collaborations during the IGAD pre-conference meeting at the University of Barcelona on April 3-4, 2017 prior to the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting, to be held on April 5-7, 2017.

More than 100 data experts from more than 35 countries have already registered to the IGAD pre-meeting where the participants will be briefed about ongoing activities of IGAD Working Groups (WGs) and will convey new ideas through the proposals for future work. Among many points of discussion, the IGAD pre-meeting will be also the springboard for the official launching of the Joint Building Synergies in Capacity Development Discussion Group,  in the context of research data in agriculture and their potential contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The discussion group will be co-chaired by Isaura Lopes Ramos, CTA's Project coordinator, Global Open Data for Impact and capacity development on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN Action) project, and Suchith Anand (GODAN).

This event will be a unique opportunity for all participants to provide multidisciplinary inputs about best practices into the curriculum development process with the objective to expand the societal impact of open agricultural research. A particular focus will be on sharing knowledge about training programs and platforms reducing digital divides so that researchers in developing countries can also benefit.

AFRACA Central Bank Roundtable Policy Meeting

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - Thursday, 30 March 2017
Lome, Maritime Region, TG

A group of top central bankers, development partners and other stakeholders from Africa and beyond met in Lomé, Togo, on 29 and 30 March 2017, to draw a practical roadmap for sustainable inclusive development of the finance sector in the continent. The roundtable meeting was organised by the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA) with support from CTA and the West African Development Bank (BOAD). 

CTA was represented at the event by Matthew Adetunji, innovation strategist in agribusiness and development finance.

Workshop on the capitalisation of experiences in development projects in Western Africa

Monday, 27 March 2017 - Thursday, 30 March 2017
Accra, GH

The “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project is being implemented in different parts of the world by CTA, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

CTA will be working together with representatives of different organisations in Ghana and other English-speaking countries in West Africa, for their staff to develop the necessary skills to start and complete a capitalisation process. The process starts off with a first workshop, planned to take place in Accra, Ghana, between 27 and 30 March 2017.

The workshop will introduce participants to the IMARK learning module on experience capitalisation and discuss the best approach to encourage its use. Participants will also be introduced to the main concepts underlying the experience capitalisation approach. Thereafter, they will discuss a general methodology and the steps to follow to ensure its completion. As participants draw specific lessons regarding the process, they will also plan for future activities with the group and with other participants. 

Some of the organisations participating from the region include UNDP from Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ghana; Plan International, IFAD, Farm Radio, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), FARA-PAEPARD project, African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN), CSIR-LRI, Farmerline, Syecomp, Canadian Feed the Children.

Krishan Bheenick, CTA's Senior Programme Coordinator for Knowledge Management will be one of the co-facilitators of the workshop. A French version of the workshop, using learning resources currently being developed, will be scheduled for the second half of 2017.

Second Training Workshop on Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - Friday, 24 March 2017
Arusha, Arusha Region, TZ

The “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project is being implemented in different parts of the world by CTA, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Representatives of the East African Farmers Federation (EAFF) met in Nairobi, Kenya, in November 2016, in a workshop organised by the project at which they were introduced to the IMARK learning module on experience capitalisation, planned the process of capitalization and started their own process. Another group of organisations involved in the Public-Private-Producers Partnerships (4Ps) mechanisms in value chains development in East Africa also got together for a similar training session which took place in Kigali, Rwanda, in December 2016. Both groups have meanwhile been mentored remotely on their process of documenting their experiences.

This second workshop will take place in Arusha, Tanzania, between 21 and the 24 March 2017 with participants from both EAFF and the 4Ps programme (funded by IFAD across 3 countries in Eastern Africa). Using a writeshop approach, they will be finalising the documentation of their experiences and will plan for dissemination within their organisations and networks.  Participants will draw specific lessons regarding the process and plan for activities that promote further capitalisation of experiences within their institutions.  They will also plan for future activities with the group and with other participants who are gathered around a Community of Practice on Capitalization of Experiences.

Jorge Chávez-Tafur, CTA's Programme Coordinator for Knowledge Management will co-facilitate the workshop. 

Brussels Briefing 48 - Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa

Monday, 20 March 2017 - Monday, 20 March 2017
Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, BE

A Brussels Briefing on the topic 'Rapid urbanisation and rural transformation: trends and opportunities', will take place on Monday 20 March 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00 at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. To stay up to date and register for the event, visit Brussels Briefings.

The event is organised by CTA together with the 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 the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord.

29th CTA Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, 16 March 2017 - Friday, 17 March 2017
Wageningen, Gelderland, NL

The 28th CTA Executive Board will meet at CTA's headquarters in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The meeting will be attended by the board members Professor Baba Y. Abubakar, Professor Augusto Manuel Correia, Dr. Helena Johansson, Professor Faustin R. Kamuzora, Professor Clement K. Sankat and Ms. Frederike Praasterink.

Eastern and Southern Africa Sustainability Summit

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Friday, 17 March 2017
Lusaka, Lusaka Province, ZM

The Indaba Agriculture Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) will hold a regional sustainability summit from eastern and southern African countries in Lusaka, Zambia, on 16-17 March 2017. Olu Ajayi, Senior programme coordinator for agricultural and rural development policy, will give a presentation on CTA's work to make cereal and livestock farming climate-resilient in southern Africa.

The objective of the summit is to present and discuss available research evidence that may assist African governments put in place strategies that anticipate increasing climate variability, and promote sustainable agricultural productivity, growth, and energy supplies, while maintaining and improving the natural resource base, to identify the key knowledge gaps on climate resilience (mitigation and adaptation), to present and discuss policy options that will create incentives for farmers in the region to adopt practices that will improve and maintain agricultural productivity while maintaining and improving upon the natural resource base; and, to present and discuss how best durable agri-food, energy, and ecological systems in the region can be maintained in the light of anticipated human-induced climate change.

Workshop on Humanitarian Drones

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 - Wednesday, 08 March 2017
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, NL

This two-day workshop will bring together leading experts in the areas of humanitarian response aid, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), crisis response management, ethics, and peace management to build on the 2014 UN OCHA report on the use of drones in humanitarian contexts. The purpose of the event is to develop a code of ethics and good practice guidelines in the use of drones in the context of development work. 

CTA will be represented at the event by Giacomo Rambaldi, Senior Programme Coordinator for Information and Communication Technologies. Rambaldi has been coordinating activities and supporting the generation of new knowledge about the use of civilian drones (also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs) to support farming, fisheries, livestock and natural resource management in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Among other aspects, Rambaldi will present two major studies led by CTA: Drone governance: study of policies, laws and regulations governing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in ACP countries (2016) and Practical ethics for PGIS practitioners, facilitators, technology intermediaries and researchers (2007) which was published in 12 languages and is still in use at present. 

The workshop is organised by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Responsible Robotics, the University of Delft and The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has been involved in laying the foundation for this initiative and will be represented at the event. 

Food First Vijverberg Session: Challenges and Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 - Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, NL

Globally, there are 74 million people unemployed between the ages of 15 – 24 representing 40% of global unemployment. At least 200 million young people globally work in insecure jobs, earning less than US$ 2 per day. With an increasing number of young people entering the job market, it is predicted that at least 600 million new jobs need to be created within the next 10 years to sustain this expanding labour force. Yet many young people lack relevant market skills required for employment within the private sector and there is a mismatch between the market supply and demand. There is a need to investing in young people to acquire market relevant skills and develop their business and leadership abilities for meaningful employment.

The programme for this session comprises short pitches of organisations involved with supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa followed by a guided discussion on key topics. Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna, CTA's Senior Technical Advisor, Value Chains and Agribusiness, will share some of CTA's experiences as concerns women entrepreneurship and leadership. 

De la Ferme Digitale à l'ouest Africain

Sunday, 26 February 2017 - Friday, 03 March 2017
Paris, Île-de-France, FR

Daral Technologies et Sooretul, deux jeunes start-ups sénégalaises lauréates du Pitch AgriHack 2016 organisé par le CTA, participent au Salon international de l’Agriculture, en France, du 26 février au 3 mars. Les startups ont été invitées par le CTA et le Secretariat d’état à l’innovation et à l’économie numérique (France), en collaboration avec la Chambre d’Agriculture de Vendée (France) et les organisateurs du concours français AgreenStartup avec lesquels le programme Pitch AgriHack a initié un partenariat.