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Impact Stories

For farming fortune, dial mAgri

A Botswanan start-up is breaking the barriers to digital technologies for rural smallholder farmers. Brastorne Enterprises, a winner of CTA’s 2016 Pitch AgriHack competition, operates a mobile platform called mAgri to improve farmers’ access to information, markets and finance.

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The road to climate-resilient cereal and livestock farming

Since the release of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Report, Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options, the livestock industry drew intense scrutiny worldwide for its contribution to the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Yet, there is hardly any sector of human and economic activity without a distinct contribution to climate change, and many institutions, including CTA, are working tirelessly to create innovative climate-resilient solutions.

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Agri-Food Forum looks to the future

The 2015 Caribbean Pacific Agri-Food Forum, held in Barbados, focused on many of CTA’s priority interventions for the regions. There was a strong emphasis on impact. In Africa, CTA has been encouraging greater intra-regional trade, and we played a prominent role in two important conferences in Equatorial Guinea and Rwanda.

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Strengthening resilience, greening the desert

An African alliance to combat desertification is improving food security, through tree planting and farmer-managed natural regeneration. Across Africa, the threats of desertification and land degradation are always present, especially in the Sahel and the southern edge of the Sahara. Poverty and hunger are a constant prospect. In response, farmers and communities in dryland areas are developing ways to sustainably manage.

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Building better markets to increase farmers’ resilience

Dairy farmers in Eastern Africa are growing their income, thanks to a program that helps develop skills, strengthens links to markets, and improves access to financial services. Productivity and incomes have increased; monthly milk intake at the dairy enterprises increased from 529,000 litres to 8 million litres between 2008 and 2013. Milk aggregation at the dairy enterprises has empowered farmers to negotiate for better prices.

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Blog articles

Climate-proofing communities in Mozambique and Rwanda

In drought and flood-prone communities in Mozambique and Rwanda, low carbon initiatives are introducing renewable solar-powered irrigation systems to reduce the use of fossil fuels and increase climate resilience.

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Peer-learning in climate-smart agriculture

Climate change and its impacts on smallholder farmers in developing countries is a topical issue. As such, peer-learning in climate-smart agriculture (CSA) gives stakeholders an equal chance to address this challenge in their contexts and at their pace.

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Succeeding through local partnerships in climate-resilient agriculture

Acknowledging this strategic role of meetings in agricultural and rural development, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) convened a 3-day project review meeting during 23-25 November in Johannesburg, South Africa under the theme “Scaling-Up Climate Smart Agricultural Solutions for Cereals and Livestock Farmers in Southern Africa”, and on the back of the 4th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), 28-30 November.

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Desenvolvimento é uma essência preciosa, normalmente semeada com dedicação e adubada pela troca de vivências, conhecimentos, técnicas e descobertas. Seus frutos podem ser tão mais diversos, coloridos e saborosos quanto mais generosa e sincera tenha sido a distribuição de suas mudas e sementes e o compartilhamento dos segredos de sua lavoura. Foi com esse espírito e conceito que germinou a presente publicação.

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in Spore

Professional management for agricultural cooperatives

Side-selling – when individuals opt for short-term benefits at the expense of long-term collective goals – is a major obstacle to the efficient performance of agricultural cooperatives in Africa. An initiative led by CTA and partners is seeking to address the challenge by improving cooperative governance, aiming to increase farmers’ revenues and the sustainability of rural communities.

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African women adopt smart solutions for climate change

Climate-smart agriculture practices are helping to counter the devastating conditions faced by farmers in Africa in recent years. Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba is Programme Manager for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), a longstanding CTA partner. She explains how women are at the forefront of farmers’ efforts to build resilience to climate change.

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EU helping smallholder farmers become climate smart

Agriculture is a source of and solution to climate change. Convinced that agriculture can help achieve global goals of adaptation and mitigation to climate change, the European Union (EU) is supporting CTA to help smallholder farmers in Southern Africa become climate smart.

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Spreading the word: the benefits of effective knowledge management

Krishan Bheenick, Senior Programme Coordinator of Knowledge Management at CTA, explains the value of knowledge management techniques such as experience capitalisation, which are being introduced as part of CTA’s Southern Africa Flagship Project with the aim to build smallholder farmers’ resilience through the adoption of climate smart agriculture.

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Transmitting satellite information to farmers’ mobile phones

Access to timely and precise weather information is critical for smallholder farmers to make informed decisions and improve their resilience to the impacts of climate change, such as droughts, high temperatures, floods and a rise in pests and diseases. This was a key message at the recent review of an on-going project to scale up climate-smart agricultural solutions to smallholder farmers in three countries in southern Arica region.

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A time to reflect on how to scale up climate-smart agriculture

Innovative partnerships and consortiums to scale up climate-smart agriculture (CSA) will be the topic of a presentation to be made by CTA at the 4th Global Science Conference on CSA, being held from 28-30 November in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event will be hosted by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and will focus on catalysing local innovations and action to accelerate the scaling up of CSA.

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Opening Statement by Michael Hailu, Director of CTA

Opening statement delivered by Michael Hailu, Director of CTA, at the Blending4Ag conference, on Monday 7 November. The Blending4Ag conference is taking place in Brussels and is focusing on the strategic use of international and national development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilise private capital flows into agricultural value chains in developing countries.

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Opinion articles

The future farmer: disrupting agriculture

Right now, in Southern Africa, there are a lot of young farmers that are doing great things, they are ambitious with an appetite to grow, and want to achieve this growth through the creation of profitable agribusinesses that will deliver the same quality of life as other professions. They are just not visible. What we see at events like the recent African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which took place in Abidjan between 4th-8th September 2017, is just a microcosm of a larger pool of agripreneurs.

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Improving access to finance by farmers: what can central banks do?

The common feature of African farmers is that most of them practise small-scale subsistence farming. In the last few years, however, various interest groups started focusing on agriculture as one of the key drivers of rural development and the number of commercial farmers increased. Yet, most of them are still smallholders.

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Multilateralism – The way forward for African agriculture

Secretary general for the Inter-African Coffee Organization (IACO) for 13 years, Josefa Sacko was elected as the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture in January 2017.

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in Spore

Noi Paulina Selepe / Lesotho: Strength in numbers in Lesotho

When 29-year-old livestock farmer Noi Paulina Selepe launched her agribusiness, she realised it was too small to supply her country’s fast-growing market for chicken meat. Nothing daunted, this enterprising young woman, decided to call on other poultry farmers to join her – increasing overall output and helping her fellow producers to earn extra income in the process.

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in Spore

Farmers need to organise

For Theo de Jager, president of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization, mechanising agriculture in Africa calls for farmers, especially women, to join together and organise in cooperatives, to be able to access modern equipment.

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Rose’s smart tips for climate change

Rose Kamanga grew up on a farm with her parents, and she now farms a 10-hectare plot in Dika Mhlanga village, northern Malawi. In response to difficulties caused by drought, erratic rainfall and warmer temperatures, she has embarked on a programme to introduce climate-smart practices to her farm, acting on advice from a government agricultural extension worker. In an interview, this mother of two children explains that the results have been well worth the extra effort to her family.

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CTA Handbook: An ICT Agripreneurship Guide

This Handbook provides a step-by-step roadmap designed to equip aspiring ICT entrepreneurs, with the information and knowledge they need to start an ICT-based business in the agricultural sector, outlining key opportunities and challenges that will be encountered along the way. Using real-life examples, it provides strategies and pathways for averting common mistakes faced by early-stage entrepreneurs.

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New directions for targeted outcomes

While reflecting on its 30-year history during its anniversary year in 2014, CTA was also busy making plans for the future. CTA's goal is to contribute to enhanced agricultural and rural development policies and inclusive value chains that promote food and nutrition security, prosperity and sustainable management of natural resources across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

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Syndicated articles

CTA Invests in Smart Agriculture

The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), has invested over €449,000 euros in scaling up climate-smart agricultural solutions for cereals and livestock smallholder farmers in Zambia.

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COP23: Long overdue UN agreement clears path for talks on transforming agriculture

BONN, November 22 - Innovations to transform agriculture in the face of climate change are ready and waiting to be deployed now that UN negotiators have finally committed to discussing them. After six years of talks, negotiators agreed to request SBSTA and SBI, the two divisions of the UN's climate framework (UNFCCC), to jointly review issues associated with agriculture.

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in Case study Mozambique

Receitas para o Desenvolvimento

Com as feiras e demonstrações simulou-se o que é possível executar em casa, com os alimentos disponíveis e/ou fáceis de serem produzidos no próprio quintal ou na machamba. Com efeito, depois das aulas se nota uma mudança de atitude, tanto na diversificação do cardápio como no número crescente de hortas caseiras. E estes são só dois exemplos.

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Insurance: incentive for climate resilience

Frequent extreme weather and climate shifts pose a challenge to already vulnerable groups such as smallholder farmers in the developing world. Between 2004 and 2014, farmers are said to have endured the brunt of the 100-billion-dollar cost of climate-related disasters.

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Background articles

Gelo e poupança

Início do século 21: A falta de registo não significa necessariamente incapacidade de escrever por parte de membros das comunidades de pesca e de comercialização do pescado. Em muitos casos, não percebem a necessidade de o fazer. Similarmente, a resistência em relação à evisceração e ao uso correcto do gelo pode ser por questões de cultura e de hábitos de consumo. Talvez porque nos anos passados, sem corrente eléctrica, não houvesse condições de conservação…

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in Meta-capitalizações

Iniciativa Piloto do Governo e Parceiros acelera desempenho de projectos em Moçambique

O estabelecimento da unidade de coordenação do Subprograma FIDA na Diretoria Nacional do Tesouro a fim de apoiar os projectos do FIDA no âmbito do programa ODM1c teve um impacto positivo na melhoria do desempenho financeiro dos projectos. ‘’O trabalho da unidade é muito positivo. A causa da nossa ineficiência tem a ver com outros factores, como as licitações...’’

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in Sustentabilidade ambiental

Resilientes mulheres de Sihane

O distrito de Sihane, na província Moçambicana de Inhambane foi selecionado para este projecto devido a uma série de mudanças climáticas. Dentre estas, os níveis das águas do mar estão a subir restringindo o acesso às praias e, portanto, as actividades de pesca e turística. Os moradores vêem a erosão ameaçando suas habitações. Para completar este quadro catastrófico, a invasão das terras pelas águas do mar também enfraquece as zonas aráveis dificultando a agricultura familiar nelas praticada.

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in Gestão financeira e infraestrutura

A encurtar o caminho para o desenvolvimento regional

O envolvimento directo da comunidade e das autoridades locais na seleção da estrada a ser reabilitada levou à apropriação do projecto pela comunidade. Depois de finalizadas as obras, a estrada passou a ser mantida por ela sob coordenação do Governo local. Visando assim a circulação de pessoas e bens e o escoamento de excedentes agrícolas, impulsionando assim a economia. Apesar de tanto benefício, a reabilitação trouxe novos desafios, em particular para a sustentabilidade ambiental e a segurança no trânsito.

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in Cadeias alimentares

A Importância dos Furos Multiúso para a Cadeia de Carnes Vermelhas no Distrito de Massingir

Duas foram as consequências inesperadas da vinda dos furos. A primeira foi redução do roubo dos animais, garantindo deste modo seu controle e sua segurança. A segunda, a redução de conflitos entre famílias por devastação de culturas causada pelo gado nas machambas. Os impactos a curto e longo prazo deverão ser reforçados com o estabelecimento de bancos forrageiros e de hortas sob sombrites.

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  • Oct 2

    3rd PACA Partnership Platform Meeting

    The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) is holding its third partnership platform meeting (PPM) on 2-4 October in Dakar, Senegal. 

    Dakar, Senegal


Scaling-Up Climate-smart Agricultural Solutions for Cereals and Livestock Farmers in Southern Africa

Weather patterns highly influence agricultural activities in southern Africa and, in turn, the food security, nutrition and income of rural households. The high vulnerability to climatic change causes recurrent swings between food scarcity and surplus, which results in food insecurity for up to 6 mi...