CTA Events Newsletter - March 2018
Upcoming events organised by CTA

This newsletter provides information on ongoing 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

Cooperative Leadership Training

Kigali, Rwanda

Monday 26 February - Friday 2 March 2018

National training event for the leaders and managers of 100 agricultural cooperatives.

Stakeholder workshop on a proposal for policy/regulatory framework for supporting weather-based index insurance in Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Thursday 1 March - Saturday 3 March 2018

CTA and partners are implementing a project to scale up four major climate-smart agriculture solutions to smallholder farmers in three southern African countries - Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. One of the key results expected from the project is to facilitate policy and regulatory framework for supporting the development of weather-based insurance agreed at the regional level. The process involves plans to engage with regional economic communities on policy and regulatory issues. A background study on current policy constraints on weather insurance and proposals for policy options have been recommended. The event is organized as part of the engagement process to validate the findings of the study, discuss the recommendations and agree with policy makers on the process for the adoption of the policy recommendations

AAIN conference & expo (AAICE): “Youth Engagement in Agribusiness Trade and Investment”

Dakar, Senegal

Wednesday 7 March - Friday 9 March 2018

This event is aligned to strategies for private and public engagement in delivering solutions towards CAADP Malabo Declaration, SDGs and Agenda 2030, the African Union Agenda 2063 and other global business development goals. Incubators, youth, women and farmer networks use the process to build strategies, coalitions, partnerships and explore innovative agribusiness solutions and technologies from across Africa and abroad. The process allows incubators, youth, women, SMEs and development actors to interact with innovators and experts to learn how to manage business challenges, use technologies and enhance access to finance.

Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-RDA Plenary 11 Meeting

Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Monday 19 March - Tuesday 20 March 2018

The IGAD Pre-Meeting P11 focuses on the FAIR principles to all elements of the research process in agricultural sciences and related disciplines.

CTA Executive Board Meeting

Agro Business Park 2, 6708 PW Wageningen, Netherlands

Thursday 22 March - Friday 23 March 2018

The 32nd 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.

Supporting effective engagement with research & open data in the agriculture and nutrition. Lessons from IGAD & GODAN Action.

Berlin, Germany

Thursday 22 March 2018

This is a joint session organised by Research Data Alliance (RDA)/Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) and GODAN (RDA affiliated member) to discuss lessons learnt and share experience from both communities on how to effectively support engagement with research data management and open data.

Although focused on capacity development in the agriculture and nutrition sector, the session also explores the extent to which these lessons might be relevant to those working to enhance the potential of open data in other sectors.

African Youth Agripreneur (AYA) forum and AgriPitch competition

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Monday 9 April - Friday 13 April 2018

The 2018 African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) and AgriPitch Competition will be co-hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the African Development Bank and is expected to attract over 400 participants from across the continent including youth agripreneurs, agribusiness companies, investors, academia and development partners, among others.

The AgriPitch Competition includes a three-day (9–11 April) boot camp where the youth will receive training on business models, market needs assessment, intellectual property rights, innovation development process, business financing, proposal writing and business pitching. They will also be mentored by investors and leaders of established companies. The AYAF (12–13 April) will then provide a platform for the youth to discuss thematic issues with experts, business leaders, investors and policy makers.

10th ICT4D Conference - From Innovation to Impact

8025 Great East Road, Lusaka, Zambia

Tuesday 8 May - Thursday 10 May 2018

The 10th ICT4D Conference brings together public, private and civil society organisations from across the humanitarian and international development community. Participants share how they have used innovations in technology to increase the impact of their work. Highly interactive and hands-on, the conference attracts a diverse audience of technical advisors, executives, and others who offer a range of practical insights on applying technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.
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