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

Boosting food security
by the book

In 2018, CTA donated approximately 80,000 books to Book Aid International (BAI). The books have supported libraries in Zimbabwe and helped to boost literacy, particularly in rural communities with limited access to reading material.

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“We need to put food systems high on the political agenda”

Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, highlights the critical role of integrated action and collaboration in order to address the challenges raised by the latest global report on food crises.

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How blockchain technology helps young Caribbean farmers access finance

How blockchain technology helps young Caribbean farmers access finance

It is widely recognised that access to finance is one of the biggest barriers to more young people becoming engaged in agriculture. Here, Varun Baker, a young Jamaican entrepreneur and winner of the CTA Pitch AgriHack 2018 contest, explains why he is convinced that blockchain technology can help to change this – and how his own start-up Farm Credibly is using the technology to improve access to finance for unbanked farmers.

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Recognising the successes of Africa’s dairy sector

Recognising the successes of Africa’s dairy sector

Africa’s dairy industry is faced with a number of challenges, including low productivity per cow, fluctuating milk production, inconsistent milk quality, the high cost of production, inefficiencies along the value chain and a large informal sector. Nevertheless, the dairy value chain is one of the most dynamic sectors in East Africa and critical to the country’s rural economy. Driven by population growth, urbanisation and improved purchasing power, the regional demand for dairy is growing by at least 2.2% each year.

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Whole-family approach to agricultural market success

Whole-family approach to agricultural market success

This brief describes how Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI), a non-profit organisation in Samoa, works with farming families to produce high-value products for local and global markets.

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