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Your newsletter on agricultural and rural development 
in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific
3 September 2019
Grow digital

Grow digital

Transforming African agriculture into a modern, profitable and sustainable business that creates decent jobs for millions of young people cannot be achieved without harnessing the power of digitalisation.

In 2019, CTA’s Digitalisation of African Agriculture 2018-2019 Report will act as is the key knowledge product for the event guiding this year’s theme of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF): Grow Digital: Leveraging Digital Transformation to Drive Sustainable Food Systems in Africa.

CTA is a partner of the AGRF, the most important global event focussing on the continent’s agricultural transformation.

Between 2-6 September, CTA will also lead a number of events including an opening plenary panel discussion and the Pitch AgriHack Competition which will award the most innovative youth agricultural start-up.

Meet CTA at the AGRF in Accra, Ghana, and follow us on social media #AGRF2019.

When young Africans hack the farming sector

When young Africans hack the farming sector

The AgriHack Talent initiative is one of the CTA’s best-known projects, particularly through its AgriHack Pitch start-up support programme. We take a look back on this initiative, which, over the course of just a few years, has succeeded in bringing together agriculture, entrepreneurship and new technologies.

Read the success story

The potential of digital agriculture in Africa

The potential of digital agriculture in Africa

In this interview, Ben Addom, Team Leader, ICT for Agriculture at CTA and one of the authors of the recent CTA/Dalberg report on D4Ag in Africa, gives insight on digital solution use cases in Africa that address: increased productivity, access to finance and market linkages. He also hints on the key role of governments, private sector and donors in driving the digitalisation of African agriculture agenda.

Read the interview in ICT Update

“We need a strategy that focuses on the transformation of food systems”

“We need a strategy that focuses on the transformation of food systems”

With a rapidly expanding population and climate change, food systems need to adapt new strategies that focus on transformation towards a sustainable and resilient state. Professor Frederike Praasterink, a lecturer in sustainability and future food systems in the Netherlands, discusses various transition paths which include: redesigning agricultural production, food consumption and food business models.

Read the interview in Spore

The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report, 2018-2019 - Executive summary

The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report, 2018-2019 - Executive summary

Agricultural transformation is a priority in the policy agenda of African governments in their quest to meet the challenges of food and nutrition insecurity, climate change, youth unemployment and overall economic growth. With the right policies, innovation and investment, the continent’s agriculture could be transformed into a powerhouse not only to feed a growing population but to create decent employment for millions of young people.

Download and read the executive summary

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