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Impact Stories

Shaping agricultural policy and outcomes with open data

In collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition project, CTA is identifying open data champions and enabling new policies on open data for agriculture and nutrition, with the aim of combatting global hunger.

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In 2018, CTA donated approximately 80,000 books to Book Aid International (BAI). The books have supported libraries in Zimbabwe and helped to boost literacy, particularly in rural communities with limited access to reading material.

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By the time CTA’s regional flagship project for Southern Africa comes to an end in 2020, around 140,000 small-scale farmers in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi will have adopted a range of climate-smart strategies to help them cope with drought and erratic weather patterns. About 75,000 farmers are benefiting from the bundle of climate-smart agricultural solutions at the end of the first year of implementation.

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“Most of Africa missed out on the Green Revolution that transformed agriculture in South and East Asia, but we’re not going to miss the digital revolution,” says Dr Abdelaziz Lawani, Professor of Agribusiness at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Dr Lawani is also the founder of Global Partners, a Benin-based start-up which uses unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones – to provide a range of services to farmers and others.

Blog articles

Farmignite: lighting a passion for agriculture

Kureve Msurshima
by Kureve Msurshima

Providing the opportunity for investors to fund a farm, empower small-scale farmers and share in their returns, farmignite is helping to increase Nigeria’s farm productivity, reduce food importation, and increase revenues for farmers and investors.

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Cassava production and processing in Nigeria generates large quantities of hazardous wastes and residues. Aside from the environmental hazards, such wastes contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. An innovative climate-smart intervention in Nigeria is to re-use the cassava peels in animal feeds. This reduces the demand for maize for feed, creates new business opportunities from waste, reduces the hazards of the waste and reduces GHG emissions.

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Integrated crop-livestock systems that provide synergies towards more resilient climate-smart agricultural production systems are possible despite the recognised competition between crops and livestock enterprises. To make this work, it is necessary to understand the trade-offs and capitalise on the opportunities provided through integration.

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The increasing buzz on blockchain technology has, in recent times, drawn attention to its application within the agriculture sector. The technology can be leveraged upon to improve agriculture efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, including intra-ACP business transactions and transactions between ACP and international business stakeholders.

Opinion articles

Background articles

Supporting advisory services for smart farming

Tiana Cline
by Tiana Cline

Digitalisation is improving the agricultural extension system by providing services at the right time, and facilitating adoption of new agronomic practices, resulting in yield improvements and higher incomes for farming households.

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Three new reports focus on food systems and production in Africa to achieve food security and end malnutrition and poverty. Digital technologies, better policies and new farming approaches are all highlighted as means to achieve these aims.

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The circular economy concept concerns the creation of sustainable growth by maximising the efficiency of resource allocation and ultimately, producing more outputs from fewer inputs in a semi-closed system. In agriculture, there are opportunities to reuse outputs, such as waste, at all stages of the production process, and use them as inputs for other production chains.

News articles

Stepping up climate-smart efforts in Malawi

Busani Bafana
by Busani Bafana

To help the growing number of Malawians effected by droughts, floods and emerging pests and diseases, a climate-resilience project is scaling out tailored weather technologies and advisory services to smallholders.

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Interviews

Nasir Yammama: A technological approach to enhancing the impact of agricultural extension

Nasir Yammama speaks on the best approaches for agricultural extension and meeting the needs of women smallholder farmers in Nigeria.

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Data Reports

A community approach: digital innovations for extension

Keron Bascombe
by Keron Bascombe

Following a training course in technology stewardship, actors in the Caribbean’s agri-food sector are implementing ICT approaches to provide agricultural advice and support to their local communities.

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Scientific Articles

IT solutions are disruptive: they change the way things are working

Martin Njeru
by Martin Njeru

Interview with Martin Njeru, the Account Director for Cojengo in the East Africa region.

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Digital as well as other technical and institutional innovations underpin the success of agriculture in developing-country countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). Such innovations are encouraging a new generation of young ‘agripreneurs’ to tackle agri-food challenges, explore ways to build resilience to climate change, and improve the incomes and livelihoods of people in agriculture.

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Open data in the weather domain could address the information needs of agro-meteo farm advisory systems. However, is open data ‘fit-for-purpose’; does it match the needs of being reliable, relevant, timely and accessible? Some answers come from the CommonSense project targeting smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.

Communiques

Project assistant

CTA is looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented individual as project assistant. The project assistant’s main duties will be to undertake administrative, financial and operational tasks for various projects.

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Vacancy

CTA is looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented individual as project assistant. The project assistant’s main duties are to undertake administrative, financial and operational tasks for various projects.

Vacancy

CTA seeks to recruit an highly motivated professional to manage the CTA’s financial services and the systems and processes related to the management of the Centre’s financial resources.

Vacancy

CTA seeks to recruit a Financial Controller / Internal Auditor to ensure that the expenditures or revenues are consistent with CTA's Financial Regulations & Budget and that the principles of sound financial management are applied.

Events

Promoting inclusive, sustainable and responsible fisheries value chains in Seychelles and the Indian Ocean region

The fisheries sector in the Indian Ocean is a major contributor to food security and nutrition, employment and income generation. The artisanal fisheries sector, in particular, plays a key role in the supply of fresh fish for the regional domestic market and directly employs more than 130,000 people...

Transforming Africa’s agriculture: Eyes in the sky, smart techs on the ground

Recognising the opportunities offered by the drone-based systems, in 2016 CTA partnered with leading private sector operators, and assisted African ICT start-ups in acquiring the capacity to deliver UAS services in the framework of this project known as 'Transforming Africa’s agriculture: Eyes in th...