Flagship summit to support the growth of digital agriculture start-ups in Africa
The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) will take on the AgriHack project of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
Wednesday, March 18, Wageningen, NETHERLANDS – The worldwide spread of the coronavirus is impacting on all our lives, wherever we live. CTA is taking steps to minimise the impact of this on the Centre’s staff and partners, while our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the disease (COVID-19) and its consequences.
Apia, Samoa, 30 October 2019. Pacific stakeholders have called on Ministers for policy action at national and regional levels to improve nutrition and incomes, increase access to finance and insurance, and transform agricultural systems. The calls were made in a communiqué issued at the 2nd Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA), held in Apia, Samoa from 30 September to 4 October.
Accra, Ghana, 6 September 2019. Seven young agricultural entrepreneurs, including four women, were awarded today for digital innovations during the closing plenary at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra.
CABI is to preserve and provide open access to more than 5,000 items of agricultural knowledge bestowed upon it as part of the transfer of CTA’s 35-year legacy of providing information to 79 countries in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP).
In January 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak which started in Wuhan - China was declared by the World Health Organisation as ‘pandemic’. Since that time, the COVID-19 pandemic has speedily spread across the world and caused significant impacts on many sectors of the economy globally. As of early August 2020, more than 800,000 cases and 13,779 deaths have been confirmed across 53 countries in Africa, with South Africa and Egypt being the hardest hit countries.
Theo de Jager is President of the World Farmers’ Organisation, which represents more than 1.5 billion farmers across the globe. Here, he speaks on what he learned from his experiences with CTA over 10 years, and the secret to the organisation’s success.
Lack of traceability is a major issue in the cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire. The French NGO, Nitidae, believes that blockchain could provide a solution that would fight fraud and promote ethical production. With the support of CTA and blockchain specialists, Gaiachain, Nitidae carried out a project, from February 2019 to April 2020, with a cooperative in the Mé region of Côte d’Ivoire to develop and test a blockchain traceability application. Here is an initial assessment of the ‘Cocoblock’ experience.