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in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific
January 2019
Climate-proofing pastorialism in Eastern Africa

Climate-proofing pastorialism in Eastern Africa 

An increase in the frequency and severity of droughts, coupled with unpredictable weather patterns, is threatening the survival of some 20 million livestock keepers in Eastern Africa. To enhance the resilience of pastoralists communities, CTA's Climate, Livestock and Markets (CLI-MARK) project has been designed to increase their resilience to climatic variability and drought.

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ACP agribusiness digitalisation - Big data analytics a pathway towards sustainability

ACP agribusiness digitalisation - Big data analytics a pathway towards sustainability

In his five years working on ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) at CTA, Benjamin Addom has seen plenty of digital agricultural projects come and go. In this blog, he discusses what it takes to ensure that promising ICT4Ag initiatives have staying power- and how big data analytics can help the critical shift to self-sustaining business models. 

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We want to be role models for successfully running a business

Jane Maigua and Charity Ndegwas: "We want to be role models for successfully running a business"

A winner of CTA's VALUE4HER Women Agripreneurs of the Year award in 2018, Jane Maigua, along with two other Kenyan women, created Exotic EPZ to help foster profitable, sustainable value chains for rural African farmers – with a focus on gender equality. Working directly with growers, the organisation links farmers to processing operations as well as high-value export markets.

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Value addition through digitalisation for Ugandan coffee farmers 

Value addition through digitalisation for Ugandan coffee farmers

A digital farmer profiling initiative supported by CTA and which enables coffee to be traced back to its roots, is paying off for smallholder farmers in Uganda. NUCAFE’s David Muwonge describes how coffee produced under the scheme is fetching far higher prices, revealing the strong potential of geo-referencing as a marketing tool to guarantee authenticity and origin. CTA also supports NUCAFE through the Data4Ag and Eyes in the Sky projects.

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Land LayBy: Using blockchain to improve landownership

Land LayBy: Using blockchain to improve landownership

An emerging area in agriculture, blockchain technology has lots of potential for actors across the value chain. In recognition of this, CTA, as part of its digitalisation focus, has been exploring the scope of its adoption and use across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. In Kenya, the organisation Land LayBy has been using the technology as part of its land acquisition solutions. Raymond Kaniu, chief strategist at Land LayBy and main author of their white paper explains Land LayBy’s journey and their experiences of working with blockchain technology.

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