CTA Events Newsletter - April 2018
Upcoming events organised by CTA

This newsletter provides information on forthcoming events that CTA is involved in, either as an organiser or co-organiser, or in which CTA staff will participate.

Please note that the dates and locations of the events are provided to the best of our knowledge as at the date of the newsletter, but may change.

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Events organised or
co-organised by CTA

African Youth Agripreneur (AYA) forum and AgriPitch competition

Avenue Christiani, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Monday 9 April - Friday 13 April 2018

The 2018 African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) and AgriPitch Competition will be co-hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the African Development Bank and is expected to attract over 400 participants from across the continent including youth agripreneurs, agribusiness companies, investors, academia and development partners, among others.

The AgriPitch Competition includes a three-day (9–11 April) boot camp where the youth will receive training on business models, market needs assessment, intellectual property rights, innovation development process, business financing, proposal writing and business pitching. They will also be mentored by investors and leaders of established companies. The AYAF (12–13 April) will then provide a platform for the youth to discuss thematic issues with experts, business leaders, investors and policy makers.

Brussels Briefing no. 50 : “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities”

Brussels, Belgium

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Rapid urbanisation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific is leading to dramatic growth in the demand for food. This demographic trend puts significant pressures on urban food systems, but also presents new opportunities for communities and agribusinesses to grow more food locally.

10th ICT4D Conference - From Innovation to Impact

8025 Great East Road, Lusaka, Zambia

Tuesday 8 May - Thursday 10 May 2018

The 10th ICT4D Conference brings together public, private and civil society organisations from across the humanitarian and international development community. Participants share how they have used innovations in technology to increase the impact of their work. Highly interactive and hands-on, the conference attracts a diverse audience of technical advisors, executives, and others who offer a range of practical insights on applying technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.

Events attended by CTA staff

14th CAADP Partnership Platform - Accelerating Implementation of National Agricultural Investment plan to achieve the Malabo goals and targets

Libreville, Gabon

Tuesday 24 April - Friday 27 April 2018

The 14th CAADP Partnership Platform will be organised by the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency under the theme “Accelerating Implementation of National Agricultural Investment plan to achieve the Malabo goals and targets”.

The platform will attract high level African leadership, regional economic communities, senior policy makers from government ministries, farmers organizations, private sector, civil society, research community and development partners.

Adaptation Futures 2018 - 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference

Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Monday 18 June - Thursday 21 June 2018

Adaptation Futures is the world’s premier conference on climate change adaptation. 

Over 1000 scientists, practitioners, business leaders and policymakers from around the world will join to connect, learn and inspire. Adaptation Futures 2018 aims to facilitate dialogues for solutions between key actors from diverse perspectives and regions. This is the first time the conference is held on the African continent.

GFIA Europe

Jaarbeursplein 6, 3521 AL Utrecht, Netherlands

Wednesday 20 June - Thursday 21 June 2018

Born with the belief that continuous innovation in agriculture is the only way to sustainably feed nine billion people by 2050, the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the world. Since 2014, GFIA events have welcomed over 25,000 visitors and worked with over 50 globally significant partners committed to using the Forum as a catalyst for change.

Showcasing the latest game-changing innovations and technology, each GFIA exhibition and conference offers stakeholders a pioneering forum and marketplace to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and year-round action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policymakers and investors.

GFIA Europe will present the latest innovations and technologies for smart food production across four key areas: indoor farming and hydroponics; aquatech; livestock and animal health; and sustainable crops.
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