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Coping with climate change in Southern Africa

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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in A year in review 2018 Impact story

“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.

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Imagine a small women-led organisation in a remote Pacific island nation supplying products sold in more than 3,000 shops in 66 countries. Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI), a non-profit organisation working with 1,000 farming families in Samoa is doing just that, and much more.

Blog articles

Delivering ‘bundles’ of services offers boost to women agripreneurs

Busani Bafana
by Busani Bafana

Women are major players in Africa’s agriculture sector, but have to overcome a number of hurdles in developing and running successful farming businesses. Providing packages of services, including access to land and finance, business skills, extension advisory services and effective markets will support more women entrepreneurs in carving a place in agribusiness, a thriving sector touted to unlock new jobs, higher incomes and more robust livelihoods.

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Africa’s dairy industry is faced with a number of challenges, including low productivity per cow, fluctuating milk production, inconsistent milk quality, the high cost of production, inefficiencies along the value chain and a large informal sector. Nevertheless, the dairy value chain is one of the most dynamic sectors in East Africa and critical to the country’s rural economy. Driven by population growth, urbanisation and improved purchasing power, the regional demand for dairy is growing by at least 2.2% each year.

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Hunger is on the rise again even though there is enough food to feed the world. According to the UN, over 800 million are currently going hungry as a result of conflict, drought and disasters linked to climate change. Eliminating hunger and all forms of malnutrition is about more than just increasing food production; it encompasses the need to improve the quality and nutritional value of food, raise incomes and strengthen food systems to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food.

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Agriculture is the backbone of Ethiopia and Mali and provides a living for most people in both countries. But climate change is already having an impact on food security as a result of increased extreme events and unpredictable weather patterns. Agrometeorological advisory services are helping some farmers to increase production despite the challenges.

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It is widely recognised that access to finance is one of the biggest barriers to more young people becoming engaged in agriculture. Here, Varun Baker, a young Jamaican entrepreneur and winner of the CTA Pitch AgriHack 2018 contest, explains why he is convinced that blockchain technology can help to change this – and how his own start-up Farm Credibly is using the technology to improve access to finance for unbanked farmers.

Opinion articles

Background articles

Job creation: Agriculture’s potential to mitigate youth migration

Stephanie Lynch
by Stephanie Lynch

As waves of young people leave their rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa in search of better work, can the agricultural sector provide the employment opportunities that they’re looking for?

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Feeding the world's growing population – two-thirds of whom will live in urban areas by 2050 – calls for agricultural innovation to facilitate food production in ever smaller spaces, especially in cities.

News articles

The Solomon Islands rediscover the taste of honey

Vincent Defait
by Vincent Defait

Following destruction of the entire bee population by parasites in the 2000s, the Solomon Islands has now restarted its honey production, and has its sights set on the export market.

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Interviews

Digitalisation to transform farmers’ productivity and profits

Busani Bafana
by Busani Bafana

Partnerships and multi-sectoral investment are key in scaling out successful technologies for smallholder farmers and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, says CTA director, Michael Hailu.

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Data Reports

Reality TV shapes up young farming in Eastern Africa

Pius Sawa Murefu
by Pius Sawa Murefu

Agricultural TV shows that provide information on how to start an agribusiness are encouraging youths in Kenya and Tanzania to consider farming as a lucrative career choice.

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For less than €1, women farmers in Uganda are accessing legal advice via their mobile phones. The SMS service, driven by an all-female team under the leadership of Hellen Mukasa, helps women to realise and defend their rights, particularly in regards to land ownership.

Scientific Articles

Agricultural marketing platforms must demonstrate value to end users

Samwel Rutto
by Samwel Rutto

For online agricultural trading platforms to be scaled and sustained, they need to overcome an array of challenges relating to system design, revenue traction and uptake. Here, Samwel Rutto, regional manager for Structured Trading Systems at the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), highlights the common pitfalls and key considerations for agribusiness when trying to grow their online client base.

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Organic agriculture in ACP regions is improving the livelihoods of women farmers, who are selling high value products to global niche markets. Two examples, from Jamaica and Samoa, illustrate the scope for organic agriculture to empower women agripreneurs to change local practices to benefit livelihoods and the environment.

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Experience with climate-smart agriculture (CSA) initiatives increasingly shows that delivering green services in isolation is an ineffective approach that produces disappointing outcomes. The provision of ‘bundled’ of products which are suited to farmers requirements is far more likely to promote CSA uptake, increasing sustainability and resilience to climate change as a result. Examples from different CTA projects show this approach in action.

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...