The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Yihenew Zewdie

Programme Advisor, African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) project, ILRI

Programme Advisor, African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) project, ILRI

Yihenew Zewdie



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There is hardly a document on African climate change issues that does not portray livestock husbandry in a negative light - responsible for emitting substantial quantities of greenhouse gases. While it is true that some livestock play a role in generating greenhouse gases, this is not the case across the entire sector. Chickens are among the few domestic animals that have a low environmental impact and carbon footprint, and research is moving forward to develop climate-smart poultry production for African smallholders.


  1. Overcoming challenges to deliver agricultural weather-index insurance

    This brief identifies and addresses key issues facing weather-index-based agricultural insurance. Drawing on diverse experiences from Africa and Central America, it zooms in on key challenges such as affordability, quality of weather data and models, raising awareness and trust in the benefits of insurance products and policy and regulatory frameworks. Scaling strategies require reliable products, access to the rural areas, increased awareness about insurance and cost-effective delivery channels.


  1. Oct 2

    Youth and Women Engagement with Livestock Value Chains: Insights and Lessons from the IGAD Region

    A workshop to explore how efficient livestock value chains can help East African women and young people improve their livelihoods opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 25. The two-day event, jointly organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Ethiopian Society for Animal Production, will share lessons on inclusive…
  2. Oct 2

    The Sustainable Food Lab’s 2015 Summit

    The Sustainable Food Lab’s 2015 Summit is an opportunity to explore new challenges - emerging issues in the food system as well as the leadership required to engage across organisations, sectors and regions. All business must meet targets for operations and raw materials, and many NGOs are focused on business supply chains. Yet to ensure a reliable supply of raw materials and sustainable livelih…