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CTA Flash

Your newsletter on agricultural and rural development 
in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific
2 October 2019

New technology and business skills create rural jobs

CTA’s PEJERIZ project is applying technology in the field, encouraging mechanisation and coaching young entrepreneurs to create jobs in the rice value chain in Mali and Senegal. Launched in March 2018, the project is already making a difference.

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The enduring power of radio for agricultural extension in Africa

Charles Wandera is a farmer in Masindi district, Uganda. The area was recently hit with an infestation of the invasive Fall Armyworm; recently arrived in Africa, Armyworm caught farmers off guard in Masindi, leaving them unaware of how to defend their crops against the pest. Wandera turned to radio for a solution. He has been listening to a programme on Radio Kitara, supported by Farm Radio International (FRI), a Canadian NGO that works with radio broadcasters to deliver programmes aimed at small-scale farmers and their communities.

Read the full story on ICT Update website

Restoring quality for Zimbabwe's coffee-farming communities

Restoring quality for Zimbabwe’s coffee-farming communities

Terracing and tree management are being adopted by Zimbabwean farmers, amongst other environmentally-friendly land management techniques, to revive coffee production and sustainable livelihoods.

Read the full story on Spore website

Farm data management, sharing and services for agriculture development

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

There is an exponential growth in data accompanying the digitalisation of agriculture through the proliferation of mobile technology, remote sensing technologies and distributed computing capabilities among others.

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of farmers’ organisations, data producers and data consumers to manage, use and share data in agriculture.

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A learning journey to the Kingdom of Tonga

Pacific Island countries suffer from alarming rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and are consistently ranked as the most obese and diabetic in the world. At the centre of this NCD crisis is the underlying problem of consumption of processed imported foods; high in fat, salt and sugar, displacing nutritious local produce; crops and fish from the daily meals of Pacific people.

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