CTA Events Newsletter - June 2017
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

Suva, Fiji: National Roundtable on Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands

Suva, Fiji

Wednesday 28 June - Friday 30 June 2017

CTA and PIPSO in collaboration with IFAD Regional Office is organising a workshop with inter-connected round tables to present the project, share evidence generated to date, engage with key stakeholders including the private sector and financial institutions, learn lessons, build synergies and gain buy-in for follow-up priority actions that strengthen public-private-producer partnerships to upgrade and or develop priority local value chains that are nutrition and culturally sensitive and contribute to improving incomes and nutrition outcomes.

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 is meeting at CTA's headquarters in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The meeting is being attended by board members Professor Baba Y. Abubakar, Professor Augusto Manuel Correia, Dr Helena Johansson, Professor Faustin R. Kamuzora, Professor Clement K. Sankat and Professor Frederike Praasterink.

The MUIIS Cooperative Platform

Kawanda, Uganda

Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July 2017

The “MUIIS Cooperative Platform” aims to gather about 150 leaders and managers of agricultural cooperatives (coops) and farmer organisations (FOs) targeted by the MUIIS project, for a 5 day event at NARO-Kawanda.

The Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) is a 3 years project striving to promote smallholder agribusiness innovation in Uganda. The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) through the G4AW Facility of Netherlands Space Office (NSO). It is being implemented by a consortium of partners including EARS (Earth Environment Monitoring), eLEAF Competence Center, The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), and Mercy Corps, with the leadership of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). In addition, the consortium partners work closely with five other implementing agencies: the Ugandan Cooperative Alliance (UCA), the Ugandan National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Agricultural Insurance Consortium (AIC) and Ensibuuko Technologies.

Inclusiveness and Connectivity Dimensions of EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation

Rue de Lausanne 154, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

Tuesday 11 July - Wednesday 12 July 2017

This roundtable is a side event of the WTO Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 and is co-organised by EC, ACP Secretariat, Trace.Com, CTA and Coleacp, in Geneva, on 11th July 2017 from 13.00-14.30.

It will discuss the development and trade opportunities for ACP countries to pursue Greater and Inclusive ACP-EU Trade and Economic Cooperation; the policy and support interventions required for ACP countries to exploit Intra-ACP Connectivity and Inclusive Trade; the EU priorities in pursuit of Agenda 2030 — Updating the 2007 Joint EU and member States' Aid for Trade Strategy; and how the European External Investment Plan provides new prospects for an enhanced EU-ACP cooperation.

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 utilises 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

Agribusiness Investors Forum for Africa

Rome, Italy

Saturday 1 July 2017

The European Commission is organising a high-level Investors Forum, bringing together key players in agriculture investment decisions in Africa. The Forum is part of the effort to promote private investment in African agriculture. The role of agriculture as a lever for development and poverty alleviation is widely acknowledged and reflected in many development programmes. Greater investment by the private sector is equally essential for sustainable agricultural growth in Africa over the coming years.

Making Sustainable Agriculture a Future for Youth in Africa

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma, Italy

Sunday 2 July 2017

Ministers of Agriculture from the African Union and the European Union are invited to participate at the Ministerial Conference Making Sustainable Agriculture a Future for Youth in Africa. Considering the key role of agricultural development for structural transformation in Africa, the aim of the conference is to build up political engagement ahead of the Africa-EU Summit on a common vision on how to generate sustainable, inclusive jobs for African youth in the agri-food sector and rural economy.

Open Data for Sustainable Development in Africa

Castle Rd, Accra, Ghana

Sunday 16 July - Friday 21 July 2017

The 2017 Africa Open Data Conference in Accra, Ghana is set to attract over 600 delegates drawn from all over Africa and the world at large. This auspicious event will push the leadership role of the private sector in supplying, using, and demanding open data; bring together brilliant innovators and visionaries to grow their networks, hone their success, and connect with sources of support; and introduce investors and donors to an expanding sector that seeks and supplies open data to achieve development goals in Africa and across the globe: Gender, Health, Energy, Extractives, Education, Economic Growth, Agriculture & Nutrition, SDGs.
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