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Do mobile apps really add value for smallholder farmers?

James Legg

Principal Scientist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Apps will help to raise farmers out of poverty

Ken Lohento

Senior Programme Coordinator ICT for Agriculture, CTA

How ICT solutions can offer greater value to farmers

Heike Baumüller

PhD, Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

The impacts of apps are yet to be proven

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How can we better support women entrepreneurs in agriculture?

Anta Babacar Ngom

Executive Director, SEDIMA Group

Women entrepreneurs are key to Africa’s economic growth

Agnes Atim Apea

PhD, CEO of Mama Rice

Successful women invest back into the community

Naledi Magowe

Co-founder of Brastorne Enterprises

Supporting women to broaden their skills and work together

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How can policymakers best facilitate stronger links between local agriculture and tourism?

Ezekiel Parairae

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Solomon Islands

Agritourism: Solidifying synergies between the Solomon Islands’ key sectors

Ena C. Harvey

Agrotourism specialist and Representative of the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Delegation in Barbados

Cross-sector collaboration in the Caribbean

Marie Joseph Medzeme Engama

Director of Programs and Cooperation, PROPAC

Tapping into the potential: Connecting Cameroon’s farmers to chefs

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Do Public-Private Partnerships work for small farmers?

Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

PPPs need to make market arrangements fairer

Nico Janssen

Senior value chain specialist, SNV – Netherlands Development Organisation

The 4th P: Experiences from the 4P approach and partnership brokering

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Youth and finance: What is needed to help start-ups access investment?

Wole Odetayo

Co-founder and executive director of Wennovation Hub, Nigeria

Channelling investment into agribusiness

Telly Valerie Onu

Founder of InnovatetheNext Foundation, St Kitts and Nevis

Unlocking access to finance for youth agripreneurs

Gerald Otim

Chief operating officer and co-founder of Ensibuuko, Uganda

Seeking investment: tips for start-ups

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The future farmer: Where are they headed?

Sabdiyo Dido

CTA Senior Technical Advisor Value Chains & Agribusiness

Future farmers: meeting consumers’ changing needs

Ishmael Sunga

CEO of Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

The future farmer: disrupting agriculture

Francis Obirikorang

CEO of AgroCenta LLC

The digital revolution: cultivating Africa’s future farms

Brian Harding

Climate change specialist, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

The future is bright for farms that take a climate-smart approach

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How do drone regulations impact agricultural development in Africa?

Julius B. Adewopo

PhD, Research Fellow & Geospatial Analyst, IITA

Regulations and realities in Nigeria’s UAV airspace

Abdelaziz Lawani

PhD candidate, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky

Benin’s drone regulations lag behind

Worlali Senyo

Director of Growth, Research and Development, Farmerline Ltd.

Smooth ride for drone operators in Ghana

Cale Ettenberg

Product Manager, FarmDrive

Drone regulation in Kenya: about to take-off

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Rural-urban links: Opportunities for farmers?

Isolina Boto

Manager, CTA Brussels Office

Rural areas depend on trade with urban spaces

Petra Jacobi

Project Manager, GIZ

Inclusive rural transformation

Steve Wiggins

Research fellow at ODI

New prospects for rural economies

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Is REDD+ an effective way to tackle poverty?

Amy Duchelle

Senior scientist at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Can REDD+ benefit the poor?

Alain Karsenty

Socio-economist and researcher at the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)

How a virtual economy is bringing (more or less) virtual benefits for the poorest people

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Should we continue to explore new extension models/approaches or find innovative ways by which ICTs can enhance existing models?

Dr Saravanan Raj

Agricultural Extension Director, National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management

Modernising extension: New models or better communication?

Ben Addom

Programme Coordinator, Information and Communication Technologies, CTA

Alternative extension models vs. ICT enabled systems

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Is it the end of agrifood market globalisation?

Ruerd Ruben

Professor at Wageningen University

Radical transformation in African food systems

Gian Nicola Francesconi

Senior Technical Adviser, Cooperative Agribusiness Development, CTA

Rural professionalisation: The solution to globalisation

Judith A. Hermanson

Research Director, US Overseas Cooperative Development Council

Globalisation is inevitable; inequality impacts are not!

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Is data driven farming the future for ACP agriculture?

Muchiri Nyaggah

Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute

The value of intermediaries

Krishan Bheenick

Senior Programme Coordinator, Knowledge Management, CTA

A change in perspective

Chris Addison

Senior Programme Coordinator, Data4Ag, CTA

Multiple uses: opportunities and challenges

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Should we pay to use global genetic diversity?

Jean-Louis Pham

Researcher, ARCAD Resource Center

Let’s support conservation programmes

Paul Neate

Senior Programme Coordinator, Communication, CTA

More complex than it seems

Christine Frison

Researcher, University of Antwerp

A question of value

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Microfinance for farmers: too early to write-off?

Lamon Rutten

CEO of Indonesia’s commodity exchange

Microfinance for farmers: too early to write-off?

Pushkar Maitra

Professor of Economics at Monash University, Australia

Agricultural microfinance: an alternative trail

Mike Warmington

Director – Microfinance Partnerships One Acre Fund, Bungoma, Kenya

Smallholder finance: banking on impact?

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Microfinance, a good idea?

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Low farm gate prices: are processors and retailers the only culprits?

Erinch Sahan

Private sector team leader at Oxfam GB

Fairer prices and wages through more farmer-owned enterprises

Martin Prowse

Researcher on agricultural commercialisation, value chains and climate change

Do smallholders receive a fair price through contract farming?

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Can we feed the world without GMOs?

Marc Ghislain

Biotechnologist at the International Potato Center (CIP)

GM crops: lessons from nature and two decades of cultivation

Peter Wamboga-Mugirya

Director of Communication & Partnerships at SCIFODE

We can’t feed Africa without GMOs

Christophe Noisette

Managing editor of Inf'OGM

GMO and food security: a dangerous illusion

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China-Africa: A win-win cooperation?

Thierry Pairault

Director emeritus for research at the French CNRS

China-Africa: A win-win partnership? A matter of strategy

Ian Scoones

Director of the ESRC STEPS Centre

How is China reshaping African agriculture?

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Palm oil, a driver for development or a cause of ecological disaster?

Jon McNaughton

Member of the Communications and Marketing team, Traidcraft

Moving towards environmentally and producer friendly palm oil

Pablo Pacheco

Principal Scientist at CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia

Standards and commitments in the quest for sustainable palm oil

Eric Servat

Sustainable market development manager for Southern Europe, Rainforest Alliance Palm Oil Program

Palm oil: avoiding the worst, striving for the best?

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Is climate-smart agriculture a smoke screen or is it a real opportunity?

Peter Cooper

Research Fellow, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Looking at agricultural development through the lens of climate-smart agriculture

Manyewu Mutamba

SACAU's Economics and Policy Adviser

Perspectives on climate-smart agriculture

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Agricultural Credits: What about subsidized interest rates?

Christine Westercamp

Partner and senior consultant at HORUS Development Finance

Agricultural finance: should we rehabilitate interest rate subsidies?

Betty Wampfler

Professor of Economics of Development and researcher

Agricultural credits: what are we to think about interest rate subsidies?

Lamon Rutten

CEO of Indonesia’s commodity exchange

The fallacy of subsidizing interest rates for agriculture

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