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Governments must move to harness game-changing potential of drones in Africa

Drones can save lives, provide hi-tech rural jobs, and ensure developing countries take a major step forward towards self-sufficiency in food production – but only if governments come up with enabling national regulations governing their use. That is the joint message from agriculture specialists CTA and agricultural drone pioneers Parrot-Airinov.

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10,000 smallholders to benefit in new Central African cassava project

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), together with the Regional Platform for Central African Producers Organisations (PROPAC) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has launched this week in Kinshasa a new project to unlock the economic potential in cassava value chains in both DRC and Cameroon.

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partnerships

Pitch AgriHack seeks to promote greater engagement of young women

CTA has launched ‘Pitch AgriHack 2018’ a competition to support young agricultural entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) build viable businesses and boost innovation for a more sustainable agricultural sector. Winning innovations will be awarded up to €15,000, as well as mentoring and networking opportunities.

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food security

Innovations in rice value chains offer increased job opportunities for rural youth

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), together with the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, has launched a new project that will foster youth entrepreneurship, strengthen market ties, and enhance livelihoods in the rice sectors of Mali and Senegal.

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climate change

The Pacific Week of Agriculture - building South-South cooperation

The inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) will be held during 16-20 October in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Hosted by the Government of Vanuatu, the event will explore strategies for boosting the agri-food sector, whilst increasing production of healthy food for local consumption and supplying the tourism market.