CTA Events newsletter - May 2017
Upcoming events organised by CTA

The Event Newsletter you received today contained info related to the CTA Flagship projects, not only upcoming CTA events. Please find here the corrected version of the Events Newsletter.  

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

EDD 2017: Boosting Investment for ACP Inclusive Trade and Development

Havenlaan 86C, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Harnessing investment opportunities to empower ACPs as the world’s next emerging economy.

Sustained economic growth in its member states has heightened global interest in the ACP Group, particularly in Africa. Recent IMF data indicate that 11 of the 20 fastest-growing economies in the world through to 2020 will be African. Intra-African trade is growing, Caribbean trade is bolstered by services while the Pacific region exploits ocean-based resources to spur its sustainable development. Accordingly, intra-ACP and foreign investment flows have increased. National fundamentals remain insufficient to sustain the needed investment flows. Regimes for intra-regional investment flows and facilitation need to be enhanced. 

The lab will present intra-ACP initiatives aimed at spurring investment opportunities to support trade expansion and sustainable development.

EDD 2017: Youth in Agribusiness: Promoting Job Creation in Africa

Havenlaan 86C, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Leveraging Investment and innovations for Africa’s youth and sustainable economic growth.

There is an urgent need to create jobs and diversify economic activity in Sub-Sahara Africa. It is projected that the continent’s youth population will double to over 830 million by 2050 and 10-12 million youth enter the workforce each year, though only 3.1 million jobs are created. Youth could be a significant asset for Africa if countries can successfully enable their participation in agriculture and agribusiness, as youth are able to generate business opportunities, new skills, technologies, entrepreneurship, and ultimately, also act as consumers. There is, therefore, an urgent need to create opportunities for youth SME’s, with tremendous potential impact. 

We will discuss solutions and innovative approaches demonstrate that investing in Africa agribusiness is a very profitable option.

EDD 2017: Investing in Women Entrepreneurs

Havenlaan 86C, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Thursday 8 June 2017

Enabling women’s economic participation for sustainable growth and rural development.

Women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and inclusive growth, as described in the UN Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 8. Gender responsive policies, services and business ecosystems are crucial to enable the development and scaling up of female-led enterprises. This, in turn, helps to generate decent work, achieve gender equality, reduce poverty and ensure stronger economies and resilient societies. The number of successful female-led businesses is a testament to women’s contribution to sustainable development and the economy. However, their value remains largely overlooked and their potential untapped. This session will debate winning approaches and best practices to support women’s entrepreneurship in agri-business based on successful cases in entering lucrative markets and business expansion.

EDD 2017: Promoting Inclusive Trade in Africa

Havenlaan 86C, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Thursday 8 June 2017

Boosting cross-border trade through simplified trade regimes: Supporting local businesses to address the informal economy in Africa.

Cross-border trade in Africa includes small traders, many of whom are women and youth. The latter especially face a number of challenges including harassment, corruption, excessive charges, impounding of goods, and difficulties in obtaining passports and visas. Many are not aware of the Simplified Trade Regime (STR), which is designed specifically for small traders who regularly transact in low-value consignments and which exempts small consignments of goods from customs duties and other related taxes. The STR programme is meant to benefit the small-scale cross-border traders in employment creation, food security and promotion of cross-pollination of goods within the regions. Hence, the need to empower traders and encouraging formalisation with information on trade provisions such as the STR.

Accra, Ghana: Capitalisation of Experiences Second Workshop

Accra, Ghana

Monday 12 June - Friday 16 June 2017

A second workshop as part of the “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project will be held from June 12th-16th in Accra, Ghana. This workshop, the final workshop for the anglophone West-African region, will focus on the steps required to share lessons from each case and will build on past capitalisation processes. 

As with the first workshop, also held in Accra in March 2017, this workshop will also be followed by a new round of online contact and support between the project staff and all participants.

Kick-off Meeting for Field Implementation of Southern Africa Flagship Project

Lilongwe, Malawi

Tuesday 13 June - Thursday 15 June 2017

The field implementation of activities of the Southern Africa flagship project "Promoting Climate-Resilient Agrifood Solutions in Southern Africa" is ready to commence after some rounds of programme designs and discussions with partners. A formal field kick-off working session will take place in one of the project sites in Malawi to do some site appraisal, fine-tune details of field implementation with partners including the Monitoring and Evaluation plans and baseline. The kick off will involve about a dozen participants. This number include CTA staff and the head and project focal point of the implementing partners in the project countries respectively.

30th CTA Executive Board Meeting

Agro Business Park 2, 6708 PW Wageningen, Netherlands

Thursday 29 June - Friday 30 June 2017

The 30th CTA Executive Board will meet at CTA's headquarters in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The meeting will be attended by the board members Professor Baba Y. Abubakar, Professor Augusto Manuel Correia, Dr Helena Johansson, Professor Faustin R. Kamuzora, Professor Clement K. Sankat and Ms Frederike Praasterink.

CTA Webinar: Launch of Apps4Ag Database

Thursday 29 June 2017

This Webinar is aimed at launching the Apps4Ag Database together with an ICTUpdate produced purposely on the Database, and present the potential benefits for the agricultural stakeholders, app developers, international development partners, and investors. 

The database has been developed in response to a call by the participants of the ICT4Ag International Conference, Kigali 2013 for a repository of Apps for Agriculture.

2017 Geo4Africa Summit: Drones for Surveying and Agricultural Advisory Services: New Frontiers for Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa

Hotel Africana, Plot 2-4 Wampewo Ave, Kampala, Uganda

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – drones equipped with sensors – offer exciting opportunities for increasing efficiency in the management of land, agriculture and forestry.In Africa, the on-demand generation of high-resolution geospatial data using UAS could be a game-changer for more effective and efficient urban and rural planning, including land titling. UAS also have a role to play in the farming, which needs to become more productive, sustainable and profitable. Here, UAS services can help bring some of the benefits of precision farming to medium- and large-scale agricultural enterprises and to clusters of smallholders. This exciting new technology will create new employment opportunities for educated youth in rural areas, reducing migration to the cities.

Geo4Africa summit 2017: Decision Support System for Small-scale Farmers – the Case of MUIIS Uganda

Hotel Africana, Plot 2-4 Wampewo Ave, Kampala, Uganda

Wednesday 12 July 2017

MUIIS is an innovative project being implemented by CTA with six other partners in Uganda for a duration of 3 years. It delivers timely bundled service of weather information, agronomic tips and index-based drought insurance to maize, soya bean and sesame farmers across the country to make informed decisions. It utilizes both geodata (satellite) and ground data (local weather stations, farmer profiles, crop calendars, etc.) as the main source of content for the service. It leverages the power of a network of about 200 MUIIS Service Agents (MSAs), a team of agronomists, and a mobile communication platform to reach over 350,000 farmers within the period. 

The session introduces the MUIIS initiative, the principles behind the design of such a system, the progress on the field, the business model, and the potentials for collaboration to ensure sustainability.

Events attended by CTA staff

European Development Days 2017

Havenlaan 86C, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Wednesday 7 June - Thursday 8 June 2017

The EDD overarching theme will be ‘Investing in Development’. Building on the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and on the European Commission's proposal for a new European Consensus for Development, among the key issues that the Forum will address figure: achieving an inclusive and sustainable growth, create decent jobs, the full engagement of the private sector both as an economic and responsible actor in development; women and youth empowerment.

The EDD, Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation, gathers over 6.000 participants from 140 countries representing more than 1.200 organisations. Organised by the European Commission, the EDD bring together political leaders, policy and decision-makers, practitioners and citizens with the aim of discussing the future agenda for development.

EDD 2017: Innovative Agriculture for Next Generation Farms

Havenlaan 86C, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Sparking youth interest in technology-driven agriculture and achieving food security.

This session will seek to stimulate a discussion about the importance of bringing EU and pan-African agriculture into the third millennium and address how 'farming 2.0' innovation can improve food security and boost youth employment in a sector which has recently faced skills shortages and abandonment.

It will look at how technology-driven farming can play a key role in agricultural development over the coming decades to ensure that we can feed the world, given that by 2050 the global population will surpass 9.5 billion and will require 50 % to 70 % more agricultural output to secure food for everyone.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Conference

Hobbemastraat 8, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Wednesday 14 June 2017

RPAS 2017 is an international conference addressing RPAS policy & regulatory matters, operational issues, current & future applications, current bottlenecks, technical and performance requirements for civil RPAS (commercial, non-commercial, including governmental non-military), system & subsystem developments, aerial work customer requirements, novel operations, operational experience & lessons learned.

This 19th annual conference is organised within the framework of the European RPAS Roadmap and related ongoing European policy, regulatory, preparatory & awareness creation activities.

Giacomo Rambaldi presents 'Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Agriculture: New Frontiers for Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa' at RPAS.
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