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Your newsletter on agricultural and rural development 
in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific
April 2019

A Year in Review

CTA's current strategy has three intervention areas, digitalisation, climate and youth - with gender as the cross-cutting theme. In 2018, many of our activities focused on supporting youth and promoting women empowerment. We believe that investments in these areas will help to catalyse development. There are many reasons to be optimistic, and the stories and articles in this month's newsletter illustrate that CTA together with our partners continue to make a difference in next generation farming across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Africa's Eyes in the Sky

Africa's Eyes in the Sky

"Drone technology is really beginning to take off in Africa,” says Giacomo Rambaldi, CTA Senior Programme Coordinator for ICTs. However, there are many challenges when it comes to mainstreaming their use. CTA's project, 'Transforming Africa's agriculture: Eyes in the sky, smart tech on the ground' encouraged the creation of a consortium of drone operators to further develop their operating, business skills and understanding of drone regulations.

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Coping with climate change in Southern Africa

Coping with climate change in Southern Africa

About 75,000 farmers in Southern Africa are benefiting from a bundle of climate-smart agricultural solutions to cope with drought and erratic weather patterns. CTA's project, 'Scaling up Climate Smart Agricultural Solutions for Cereal and Livestock Farmers' is providing them with access to weather information and agricultural advice to help better cope with climatic shocks.

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Promoting Youth Employment in the Rice Value Chain

In many West African countries, the lack of employment opportunities in rural areas has led to an exodus of young people. A two-year project launched by CTA in early 2018, ‘Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in West Africa’s Rice Value Chain', is tackling the problem by encouraging young people in Mali and Senegal to stay in the countryside and help to increase the rice sector’s productivity.

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Empowering Women in Agribusiness

Women play an essential role in a whole range of agricultural activities. However, it tends to be men, rather than women, who undertake and mostly benefit from profitable activities along agricultural value chains. In 2018, CTA launched a new project, VALUE4HER, which is designed to strengthen women’s agribusiness enterprises in Southern and Eastern Africa.

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