CTA Publishing

CTA’s regular update on its agricultural publications portfolio

August 2019 - No. 93

A new page dedicated to CTA publications

The CTA website now includes a page dedicated to publications. It highlights a CTA flagship publication, reviews the newest CTA publications which are sorted according to CTA's priority themes (youth, digitalisation, climate and gender), links one publication to a specific blog and includes a section dedicated to both magazines Spore and ICT Update. We invite you to visit it now and discover the recent publications showcased on the page. Do not hesitate to download them and share them with your friends, family and networks!

The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report 2018–2019

An inclusive, digitally-enabled agricultural transformation could help achieve meaningful livelihood improvements for Africa’s smallholder farmers and pastoralists. It could drive greater engagement in agriculture from women and youth and create employment opportunities along the value chain. At CTA we staked a claim on this power of digitalisation to more systematically transform agriculture early on.

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Promoting climate-smart farming in sub-Saharan Africa: Stories from the field

Climate-smart agricultural innovations and policies are helping farmers to increase their resilience in the face of more frequent and adverse weather variabilities. As this booklet shows, projects supported by CTA in Eastern and Southern Africa are assisting pastoralists and smallholder farmers adapt to climate change by adopting a number of important measures. Access to accurate, geo-referenced weather information and agronomic tips is leading to better decision-making.

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Engaging youth in policy processes on agriculture and agribusiness

The recent CTA workshop on ‘facilitating next-generation ACP agriculture through youth entrepreneurship, job creation and digitalisation’ identified seven critical success factors for successful rural entrepreneurship and job creation: access by youth to investment and finance, scalable approaches and models that can be taken up, enabling policy environments for youth, agriculture that is attractive to youth, access by youth to markets, business models that work, and access to a pool of appropriate skills, capacities and knowledge and ways to grow these.

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Breaking barriers of access to land for women

This brief looks at the role formal and traditional legal systems in determining women’s access to land and other productive resources and recommends some policy reforms to strengthen the position of women in agriculture and agribusiness.

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Spore 193: Stemming youth migration - Opportunities in agriculture

The dossier explains how agriculture’s potential mitigates youth migration. This Spore issue also includes articles on blended finance funds and fair trade as well as an interview of Michael Hailu who emphasises the role of digitalisation as a game changer in agriculture.

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Latest releases

Experience capitalization: Working towards its institutionalization

The cases captured in this booklet show the steps taken in many of these projects and organisations to support and ensure the adoption of an experience capitalization approach. Working together with their colleagues, those who joined the CTA workshops have become active “champions”: organising their own training sessions, they shared information in different ways, and have shown how others can benefit from the capitalization process. They have helped to create the conditions for experience capitalization to be more widely adopted by their organisations. As a result, there are many new capitalization processes going on, and many more will be taking place in the future – effectively underpinning more accountable and efficient projects in the future and greater progress in rural development.

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A learning journey to the Kingdom of Tonga: Accelerating transformative change in nutrition-sensitive value chains in Pacific islands: Promoting nutritious food systems in the Pacific islands

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. In order to help address this problem, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with MORDI Tonga Trust, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), organised three activities in the Kingdom of Tonga from 3 - 6 December 2018. The integrated four-day event was held under the theme Transforming Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chain Development in the Pacific Islands within the framework of the CTA/IFAD/PIPSO Innov4AgPacific project.

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Best seller

Challenges and opportunities in agriculture for African youth

This brief explores the challenges and opportunities facing young people trying to enter the agricultural and agribusiness sector. It focuses on actions that governments and other development actors can take to make the sector more attractive to young people, with an emphasis on those that can increase productivity, strengthen the value chains and increase the participation of young people in policy dialogue.

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CTA highlights

"Partnerships and multi-sectoral investment are key in scaling out successful technologies for smallholder farmers and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals."
Michael Hailu, Director

ICT Update 91: Next-generation ACP agriculture - innovations that work

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