CTA Events Newsletter - November 2018
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 will participate.

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

'Accelerating the uptake of climate-smart agriculture' kickoff

Awassa, Ethiopia

Monday 5 November - Wednesday 7 November 2018

CTA and implementing partners have begun to implement a project 'Accelerating the uptake of climate-smart agriculture', in Ethiopia, aimed at improving resilience, agricultural productivity, food security and the income of 20,000 smallholder farmers in Ethiopia through the promotion of widespread adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices. The project identifies proven CSA approaches and uses innovative ICT tools to increase farmer adoption of the approaches. The kickoff event is used to engage high-level government and policy makers in Ethiopia regarding the project, discuss project implementation and deliverables with all the implementing partners and, follow up on the potential of nationally determined contributions to facilitate the promotion of CSA in the country.

International data week 2018 : 'Data collection in Africa: State of the art, challenges and solutions'

Gaborone, Botswana

Monday 5 November - Friday 9 November 2018

The Research data alliance (RDA) holds its plenary meetings every six months at different locations around the world. Built around the RDA working and interest group meetings, the sessions are designed to consolidate the RDA’s work and that of its interest groups in building social and technological bridges towards open data sharing. This plenary meeting is held during the International data week 2018 in Botswana. Each day of the meeting features inspiring and engaging range of activities.

Catalysing actionable knowledge to facilitate next-generation ACP agriculture through youth entrepreneurship and job creation

Tuesday 6 November - Friday 9 November 2018

After a successful first series of experience capitalisation on digitalisation, CTA holds the second series of the workshops focusing on youth and entrepreneurship. The workshop focuses on how digital applications combined with suitable business models, incubators, accelerators and other support offer opportunities for youth entrepreneurship, and agribusiness development to transform next-generation agriculture, and ultimately create more jobs.

Building the next generation of farmers: Supporting capacity development of African farmers' organisations through improved policies, technologies and capabilities

Brussels, Belgium

Tuesday 6 November - Wednesday 7 November 2018

The partnership between the Panafrican farmer's organization (PAFO), CTA and AgriCord together with other partners aims at contributing to the expansion and upscaling of successes in inclusive business models led by farmers' organisations in collaboration with other value chain actors and SMEs. It looks also at promoting the use of various forms of data as well as information and communication technologies (ICT) by farmers' organisations.

4th Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Conference & Exhibition

8001, Cape Town, South Africa

Thursday 8 November - Friday 9 November 2018

In its 4th edition, the annual AWIEF Conference, Exhibition and Awards - Africa's #1 female entrepreneurship event - has become a highly anticipated two-day event that brings together the best and most relevant minds, the major and minor players in the African entrepreneurship ecosystem with the aim of addressing Africa's economic development challenges with women as catalysts.

Brussels Briefing 53 - 'The next generation of farmers: successes and new opportunities'

Georges Henrilaan 451, 1200 Brussel, Belgium

Tuesday 20 November 2018

The Brussels Briefing 53 discusses the policies and actions required to support the next generation of farmers to increase productivity, better access to remunerative markets and increased use of technology. It will also share lessons learned from successes in farming across ACP and EU regions.

Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting agritourism

Victoria, Seychelles

Thursday 29 November - Friday 30 November 2018

CTA and partners are starting work in the Indian ocean on agritourism as part of the support to small islands developing states (SIDS) at the request of Seychelles government, a workshop is organised on 29-30 November, in Victoria, on Policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture and tourism: Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting agritourism.

Transforming nutrition-sensitive value chain development in the Pacific islands

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Monday 3 December - Thursday 6 December 2018

In the framework of the project ‘Promoting nutritious food systems in the Pacific islands’, CTA in collaboration with IFAD and the Pacific islands private sector organisation (PIPSO), organises a 4-day event with three workshops:

  • 'Pacific AgriHack lab – ICTs from farm to table' (3–5 December) 
  • ‘Tonga national roundtable - Developing local food crops and fisheries value chains: a national action plan’ (3-4 December)
  • ‘Innov4AgPacific learning journey - Accelerating transformative change in nutrition sensitive value chains in Pacific island states’ (3-5 December) in the Kingdom of Tonga on the main island Tongatapu. 

The three workshops kick-off with a plenary official opening ceremony and catalyst speeches in digital financial services, noncommunicable diseases (NCD) policy, women in ICT and climate change resilience, that aim to tackle the most pressing question: “How can we effectively transform nutrition-sensitive local food crops and fisheries value chains for increased incomes and improved health outcomes of Pacific island communities?”

Catalysing actionable knowledge to make next-generation ACP agriculture work for women

Wageningen, Netherlands

Tuesday 4 December - Friday 7 December 2018

As a continuation of the “experience capitalisation” activity, the third series of experience capitalisation workshop focuses on how selected ICT, digital and business linkage interventions can directly benefit women in agri-food value chains, give them voice and connections, and make their activities more profitable, productive and resilient. This constitutes contributions from partners and experts on key insights and synthesise lessons from what really works for next-generation ACP agriculture and rural development practice and policies.

Agriculture advantage 2.0 - Policy advantage: Enablers for food systems transformation - COP24 side event

Katowice, Poland

Wednesday 5 December 2018

Building on the success of the Agriculture advantage event series at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, which brought together over 400 diverse stakeholders to put forward a vision and action agenda for transforming agriculture under climate change, CTA in collaboration with CCAFS, IFAD, World bank, the government of New Zealand and the CGIAR is planning to host another event series at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, with the  theme Stepping up food systems  transformation”

Agriculture advantage 2.0 - Climate-smart agriculture: Identifying the best bets - COP24 side event

Katowice, Poland

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Agriculture is likely to be the sector mostly affected by the impacts of climate change. Many developing countries included agriculture and land use change as an adaptation priority and also a mitigation opportunity in their nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement. Positive climate outcomes from the agriculture sector in both areas require the identification of climate-smart, context specific and investment-ready, opportunities for farmers, investors and policy makers.

Promising climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices exist and lessons have been learned in recent years that can support decision-making to foster the agricultural transformation needed to address climate change. However, many decision-makers still struggle to identify the best bet CSA interventions in their own context.

The objective of this side event is to demystify CSA by presenting practical and cutting edge CSA prioritisation processes that have proven successful in over 30 countries and have been used by government officials, development organisations, researchers, the private sector and civil society, in order to open up opportunities for scaling them up.

Agriculture advantage 2.0 - Closing session: Stepping up food systems transformation under a changing climate - COP 24 side event

Katowice, Poland

Thursday 13 December 2018

The different sessions of Agriculture advantage 2.0 highlight opportunities and emerging examples of transformative actions in food systems, in response to climate change.

Catalysing actionable knowledge to implement climate-smart solutions for next-generation ACP agriculture

Wageningen, Netherlands

Tuesday 22 January - Friday 25 January 2019

To culminate the "experience capitalisation" activity, the final series of experience capitalisation workshop focuses on delivering proven climate-smart agriculture solutions through market-led delivery mechanisms and ICT services that build the resilience of smallholder farmers to climate change.

Events attended by CTA staff

Advisory committee of the climate research for development in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya

Thursday 15 November - Friday 16 November 2018

The Climate research for development (CR4D) is a multi-institutional initiative supported by the UN economic commission for Africa (UNECA), African climate policy centre (ACPC), World meteorological organization (WMO), World climate research programme (WCRP), Global framework for climate services (GFCS) and the African ministerial conference on meteorology (AMCOMET). The overarching mission of CR4D is to improve knowledge, access, quality, usability and mainstreaming of climate information into development planning and programmes in Africa. The Scientific advisory committee (SAC) is a governance entity of CR4D responsible for providing guidance for the CR4D research priorities and scientific assessment of the CR4D climate related research activities as established, supported, and implemented by the CR4D initiative.

SIDS Knowledge day: "Mobilisation of knowledge systems for sustainable development: new challenges for local knowledge of the SIDS"

7 Place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris, France

Monday 19 November 2018

The event, organised by UNESCO Natural sciences sector, division of Science policy and capacity-building small islands and indigenous knowledge (SII),  is designed to inform UNESCO's five sectors and permanent delegations of the small island developing states (SIDS) about the application of information communications technologies and participatory geographic information systems to the challenges of biodiversity conservation, climate resilience and sustainable development in SIDS. The Knowledge day has been developed with local universities, SIDS specialists and citizen science experts.

FAO International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the SDGs

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Wednesday 21 November - Friday 23 November 2018

The world is facing unprecedented global challenges that affect the sustainability of food and agriculture systems, and thus the livelihoods of millions of family farmers worldwide. These challenges pose serious threats to achieving the right to adequate food and the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger. More food will be needed to feed a growing population and, in order to meet sustainability goals, the bulk of this increase must come from family farming.

High-level forum Africa-Europe: “Taking cooperation to the digital age”

Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Wien, Austria

Tuesday 18 December 2018

The President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, as the current chairperson of the African Union, and the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, as Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, cordially invite African and European heads of state or government, CEOs of major global companies as well as innovative entrepreneurs and stakeholders to the high‑level forum Africa‑Europe.
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