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CTA’s regular update on its agricultural publications portfolio

June 2019 - No. 91

EDD 2019: Building a world which leaves no one behind

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. EDD 2019's overarching title is 'Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind'. CTA, together with partners,, the Organisation internationale de la francophonie and the ACP Secretariat, is co-organising a ‘lab’ session 'Unlocking digital opportunities: Promoting e-commerce for inclusive trade growth'. CTA is participating to a lab 'Are value chains a driver for equality?' organised by Agrinatura. CTA will also be part of the high-level panel on 'Promoting sustainable agriculture and trade for inclusive growth' with GIZ, IFPRI, the ACP Secretariat, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and PAFO. In the ‘EDD Global Village’ CTA’s stand focuses on 'Digitalisation of agriculture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific'. CTA will also be present on the stand led by Agricord 'Next generation coffee: will you still have your daily cup of coffee in future?' and on the stand led by the ACP Secretariat 'Strong together'. Discover below recent publications CTA has published relevant to this years’ theme.

How farmers are making the most of digital technologies in East Africa

The stories told here show that ICTs are enabling farmers to access information about everything from the weather to market prices, from agricultural best practice to controlling pests and diseases. 

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ICT Update 90: Women and digitalisation in agriculture

Research and statistics state that women constitute around 40% of the agricultural labour force in the ACP region and while they make essential contributions to rural economies and the growing advancements in digitalisation - the gender gap in access to information communication technologies (ICTs) continue to widen. This means women farmers, particularly in rural areas, experience difficulties accessing information, financial products and services and markets.

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Spore 192: Digitalising agriculture - Bridging the gender gap

Access to digital innovations – from SMS advice services to digital networks that connect women in agribusiness – is enabling women to participate in formal agricultural value chains and improve their livelihoods.

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Managing the sustainability of digital agriculture projects

This brief argues that the sustainability of digital agribusiness projects can be enhanced through three main steps: 1) plan for sustainability in the initial project design, 2) monitor sustainability readiness throughout the life-cycle of the project, and 3) verify that indicators of sustainability have been achieved during the project close-off process.

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Big data for smallholder farmers: The case of MUIIS Uganda

There is massive scope for linking farmers to valuable knowledge and agricultural services through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as a pathway to driving improved productivity and market access, creating opportunities for higher incomes and better food security as a result. In Uganda, as in many sub-Saharan countries, lack of timely and accurate access to information about weather, financial services, crop management, markets and climate coping mechanisms is a serious obstacle for smallholder farmers, preventing them from achieving higher yields and selling their produce for better prices. 

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Latest releases

Whole-family approach to agricultural market success

This brief describes how Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI), a non-profit organisation in Samoa, works with farming families to produce highvalue products for local and global markets. Shifting away from a women-focused approach, WIBDI now uses an approach that involves the whole family, keeping all family members on board. It has also invested in digital applications and resources to increase the efficiency of operations, profile the producers and their products, and facilitate engagement with markets and customers.

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Experience capitalization from theory to practice: Trying out a new approach

One of the project’s last activities was to organise a meeting with those who took an active role as facilitators, and who helped guide the series of capitalization processes which the project supported in different parts of the world. This was planned to complement the online discussions that had been going on between them – and together discuss the conditions, requirements or the factors underpinning an effective facilitation process. The meeting helpedvalidate many of the issues identified during the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the different capitalization processes in which manypersons were involved.

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Best seller

Economic impacts of climate change on priority value chains in the Caribbean: Implications for private-sector investment and scaling-up of climate-smart agriculture in the region

To support the implementation of CTA’s flagship project for the Caribbean, this report is aimed at developing capacity-building efforts for specific groups of farmers engaging in specific production activities in priority value chains so they may improve their access to key markets. This report focuses on the threats climate change poses to the production of two priority value chains in the Caribbean – fruit and vegetables, and roots and tubers.

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CTA highlights

In 2018, CTA donated approximately 80,000 books to Book Aid International (BAI). The books have supported libraries in Zimbabwe and helped to boost literacy, particularly in rural communities with limited access to reading material. Read this story now!

Boosting food security by the book

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