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Spore newsletter

A global perspective on agribusiness
and agricultural development
18 December 2019

“With the Cotonou agreement coming to an end in February 2020, sadly, this is the last edition. It is the end of an era and I have no doubt that Spore will be missed but, at CTA, we are pleased that we have been part – and even led – critical conversations on key topics on agricultural transformation through this long-lasting publication.” Michael Hailu, CTA Director.

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TRENDS

Spore: A lasting legacy

For over 34 years, Spore has offered insight on agricultural innovations to smallholder farmers across the ACP. As CTA’s flagship magazine comes to a close, we review the publication’s influence and recognition amongst a broad spectrum of readers and we wish them a fond farewell. 

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HIGH LEVEL INTERVIEW

Dr Agnes Kalibata: Advocating alliances for agricultural transformation

President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Dr Agnes Kalibata, highlights CTA’s important work in knowledge sharing and partnership building to fast track Africa’s agricultural development.

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TRADE

Tackling Africa’s regional trade challenges

New policies, free trade areas and digital projects are enhancing Africa’s regional food trade and opening up market linkages for actors across the continent.

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BUSINESS LEADER INTERVIEW

Innovating for investment

Kenneth Obiajulu, Farmcrowdy’s managing director, discusses crowdfunding for small-scale farmers and expanding Nigeria’s portfolio of investors.

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SMART-TECH & INNOVATION

Forecasting market demand with machine learning

A Nigerian start-up, and winner of CTA’s PitchAgrihack competition, is using artificial intelligence to guarantee markets for small-scale farmers and improve procurement efficiencies for large buyers.

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SPORE N° 195 | December 2019 - February 2020

Transforming agriculture
with artificial intelligence


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The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.