CTA Events Newsletter - October 2019
Upcoming events organised by CTA

This newsletter provides information on forthcoming events that CTA is involved in, either as an organiser or co-organiser, or in which CTA staff participates.

Please note that the dates and locations of the events are provided to the best of our knowledge as at the date of the newsletter, but may change.

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Events organised or
co-organised by CTA

Caribbean regional agritourism policy setting workshop: Improved linkages between agriculture, trade, tourism

Bridgetown, Barbados

Wednesday 9 October - Friday 11 October 2019

The regional agritourism forum will update on the progress of the work from various Caribbean countries, take stock of lessons learned from national agritourism workshops and the implementation of actions after the workshops. It will also explore and discuss successful agritourism framework models in local, regional and tourism-related markets. It will consider the key drivers of change for the development, expansion and profitable exploitation of these links to support sustainable economic and nutritional goals objectives in the region. A review and debate of the necessary inputs for realising better organised, integrated and competitive value chains in the Caribbean agriculture and agribusiness sectors will be considered - notably skill development, finance/investment, data and information services and favourable policies.

Online course: Farm data management, sharing and services for agriculture development

Monday 14 October - Sunday 10 November 2019

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of farmers’ organisations, data producers and data consumers to manage, use and share data in agriculture. It aims to raise awareness of different types of data formats, data rights and applications, and to highlight how important it is for data to be reliable, accessible and transparent for innovation and development of agriculture.

Brussels Briefing 58: "Africa’s agriculture trade in a changing environment"

Brussels, Belgium

Wednesday 23 October 2019

The Brussels Briefing 58 on "Africa’s Agriculture Trade in a changing environment" takes place on 23 October 2018. This Briefing is co-organised by CTA, in collaboration with the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat, Concord, IFPRI and GIZ.

Events attended by CTA staff

Pacific Week of Agriculture

Apia, Samoa

Monday 30 September - Friday 4 October 2019

Samoa hosts the 2nd Biennial Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) from the 30th September to 4th October 2019 in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Two key regional agriculture forums take place within the PWA at the Samoa Conference Center, Apia:

  1. Special Session of the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS), organised by the SPC.
  2. Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting (MOAF), jointly organised by FAO and SPC.

CTA and partners, through its ‘Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands’ project organises a series of side-events during the PWA.

Regional planners’ forum on agriculture

Belmopan, Belize

Monday 30 September - Friday 4 October 2019

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat hosts the 12th Regional Agricultural Planners' Forum in Belize, an integral part of regional agriculture planning and development. The main objective of the Forum is to provide a neutral forum for stakeholders to advance discussion and build cooperation on matters of importance to regional agriculture enhancement. The 2019 Forum is under the theme ''Capitalising on the new frontier in global agriculture''.

8th African Grain Trade Summit

Mombasa, Kenya

Thursday 3 October - Sunday 6 October 2019

The 8th African Grain Trade Summit, scheduled to be hosted in Mombasa, Kenya aims at transforming grain trade value chains for more trade and better trade and a prosperous Africa. Disruption of grain trade has significant implications. The volume and value of grain trade among African countries is greatly impeded and instead Africa has become more dependent on food imports with the continent’s food import bill expected to reach US$ 110 billion by 2025. In addition, some estimates indicate that informal trade is more than half of total grain trade as traders circumvent costly bureaucratic process required to engage in formal trade.

Africa Geospatial Data and Internet Conference (AGDIC)

Castle Rd, Accra, Ghana

Tuesday 22 October - Thursday 24 October 2019

Africa Geospatial Data and Internet Conference (AGDIC) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to geospatial, open data, ICTs and Internet in Africa. AGDIC informs and inspires those with policy-making powers across sectors in Africa to discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other.

5th Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Conference & Exhibition

Cape Town, South Africa

Tuesday 29 October - Wednesday 30 October 2019

AWIEF Conference brings together on an annual basis, business leaders, public decision-makers and investors from Africa and around the world for two days of discussion on innovative and sustainable solutions to challenges in the development and growth of women-owned and women-led businesses needed to transform the African economy.
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