CTA Events Newsletter - Sept 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

CTA Pitch AgriHack 2018

Kigali, Rwanda

Tuesday 4 September - Saturday 8 September 2018

This e-agriculture start-up competition, with a special emphasis on young women entrepreneurs for the 2018 edition,  will hold its final during AGRF. It welcomes co-founders of e-agri start-ups owners of early stage or advanced ICT platforms that are already operational. The theme this year is "Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in ACP countries". A total of nine prizes will be awarded. 50% of finalists are women-led start-ups.

Emerging Models Disrupting Agribusiness in Africa?

Kigali, Rwanda

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Agriculture is Africa’s largest economic sector, representing 15% of the continent’s total GDP and accounting for more than 20% of its annual economic growth. This session will consider how to develop agribusiness activities, both downstream (processing) and upstream (input provision), and sustainably link smallholders and small enterprises to structured value chains.

Entrepreneurial Youth in Agriculture: New Skills and Technologies for Growth

Kigali, Rwanda

Wednesday 5 September 2018

To effectively harness the emerging opportunities for economic transformation and associated work opportunities for youth, policymakers need to anticipate how these trends will affect African agriculture and proactively formulate and implement pragmatic strategies to respond to them. The session will focus on the salient transformational changes influencing agriculture and employment patterns with particular attention to the youth population, and provide context-specific approaches to respond to them.

Tuvalu Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2018

Funafuti, Tuvalu

Friday 7 September - Tuesday 11 September 2018

A two-day workshop under the theme of " Policy Setting for Improved Linkages Between Agriculture, Trade and Tourism: Strengthening the Local Agrifood sector and Promoting Healthy Food in Tuvalu" will take place in Funafuti, Tuvalu  7 and 11 September 2018.

Contribution to the Policy Symposium: New Opportunities for Regional Food Markets and Food Trade in Africa

Kigali, Rwanda

Friday 7 September 2018

Digital and analytics in agriculture present an opportunity to provide goods and services at-scale to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and inform improved decision-making for the public and private sectors. We are currently seeing multiple start-ups across sub-Saharan Africa innovating this approach in different ways. This symposium will consider what ecosystems, Partnerships, and infrastructures need to be in place for this to reach scale.

Brussels Briefing 52: Food Safety and the Food System in Africa

Georges Henrilaan 451, 1200 Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Belgium

Wednesday 19 September 2018

The Brussels Briefing 52 discusses food safety and the food system in Africa, including the impact and lessons from the Global Food Safety Partnership, and the successes and challenges in advancing policy and practice in relation to food safety and sanitation.

Kickoff of the project "Upscaling CSA for Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia"

Awassa, Ethiopia

Thursday 20 September - Friday 21 September 2018

CTA and implementing partners have recently begun a project “Accelerating the Uptake of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Ethiopia” aimed to improve resilience, agricultural productivity, food security and income of 20,000 smallholder farmers in Ethiopia through the promotion of widespread adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices. The project will identify proven CSA approaches and use innovative ICT tools to increase farmer adoption of the approaches. The kickoff event will be used to engage high-level government and policy makers in Ethiopia regarding the project, discuss project implementation and deliverables with all the implementing partners and, follow up on the potential of NDC to facilitate the promotion of CSA in the country.

Cook Islands Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2018

Avarua District, Cook Islands

Tuesday 25 September - Wednesday 26 September 2018

A two-day workshop under the theme of " Policy Setting for Improved Linkages Between Agriculture, Trade and Tourism: Strengthening the Local Agrifood sector and Promoting Healthy Food in The Cook Islands" will take place in Avarua, Cook Islands from 25-26 September 2018

GODAN Action MOOC: Open Data Management in Agriculture, Nutrition and Land

Wageningen, Netherlands

Monday 1 October - Friday 19 October 2018

This fourth MOOC in the GODAN Action online learning series focusses on open data management for land, agriculture and nutrition.

The GODAN Action team invites anyone handling data in their studies or work, in the areas of land, agriculture and nutrition, to apply for the course.

GODAN Action is a three year project to enable data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data in the agriculture and nutrition sectors. This e-learning course is being developed as part of the capacity development activities of the project, which aims to contribute to increased farmers’ yields, improved nutrition for consumers and better evidence-based policy making. Achieving such impacts requires that individuals, organisations, and communities feel confident in engaging with open data.

Papua New Guinea Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2018

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Tuesday 2 October - Wednesday 3 October 2018

A two-day workshop under the theme of " Policy Setting for Improved Linkages Between Agriculture, Trade and Tourism: Strengthening the Local Agrifood sector and Promoting Healthy Food in Papua New Guinea" will take place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from 2-3 October 2018

Caribbean week of agriculture 2018: Strengthening agriculture for a healthier future in the region


Monday 8 October - Friday 12 October 2018

The Government of Barbados hosts the 15th Caribbean week of agriculture (CWA) under the theme: “Caribbean week of agriculture 2018: Strengthening agriculture for a healthier future in the region”. This regional event provides a forum for Ministers of Agriculture, planners, regional organisations and other key agricultural stakeholders in the public and private sectors of the Region, to meet to discuss major issues affecting the agricultural sector in the region.

Events attended by CTA staff

African Green Revolution Forum 2018

Kigali, Rwanda

Monday 3 September - Friday 7 September 2018

Lead. Measure. Grow. Pathways to turn smallholder farmers into sustainable agribusiness. Africa is on the move, with signs of prosperity and progress seen in entire economies and in the lives of millions of its people. These signs are giving rise to even greater aspirations for the years ahead. We see many nations pushing to achieve middle-income status, and a few others gunning for high-income status by 2050.

(Re) Think Agri: How Data and Innovation Ecosystems are Unlocking Agribusiness for African Smallholders

Kigali, Rwanda

Thursday 6 September 2018

Keynote remarks by Mr Michael Hailu, Director CTA
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