For the past eight years, CTA and its partners have implemented various projects and other activities designed to improve and enhance agribusiness and value chain performance in ACP countries through the application of information and communication technologies and digitalisation more generally. To inform future and ongoing investment in this area, CTA is convening an "experience capitalisation" activity as part of a series of processes, working with partners and experts to take stock of the key insights and synthesise lessons from what really works for next-generation ACP agriculture and rural development practice and policies.
Catalysing actionable knowledge to enhance next-generation ACP agribusiness through digitalisation
After an online discussion among participants during the first two weeks of October, a small number of people will get together in Wageningen for a substantive process of experience and insight mapping, followed by an intensive review and the co-generation of key lessons for quick and wide communication. These will help demonstrate that innovative digital solutions improve the performance, competitiveness and profitability of farmer-led businesses and agri-SMEs in ACP countries.
This meeting is planned as a participatory exercise where different people will contribute to, sharing and capturing significant lessons and documenting what works. To "test" the statement that innovative digital solutions have a positive impact in terms of performance, competitiveness and profitability, participants will
• Identify, assess, document and communicate digital agribusiness business cases that work for ACP agriculture.
• Stocktake and assess key elements of CTA’s work in digitalisation and value chains, bringing together key individuals and partners to co-create and document experiences for wider application
• Generate insights, evidence and lessons from across CTA’s portfolio, communicating the products to priority target audiences
• Leverage the innovation and knowledge generated to engage and inform policies and practices, enhancing the delivery of next generation agriculture in ACP countries and enhancing CTA’s own offer.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.