The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) confirms closure by end of 2020.
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A more agribusiness approach

In this issue

Interview

Integrating farmer groups into structured trade

Kristen Schach Moller describes the progress farmer-based organisations have achieved with support from the Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ACE) and explains the challenges which still need to be overcome.

Dossier
Technical scientific article

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Precision agriculture promises better returns to investment and improved livelihoods for farmers around the world. One of the biggest changes in agriculture in our lifetimes, it is spreading to developing countries, where smart farming technologies, including data collected from satellites and drones, are set to fine tune the way farmers grow their crops.

Analysis

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Development of the cold chain in ACP countries is necessary if they are to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of reducing food waste. Poor access to cold chains impacts food and nutrition security, while also hampering agricultural development and the emergence of an efficient agri-food sector.

Field report

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Exporting cocoa – long the preserve of large commercial cocoa producers – is now within the reach of smallholders in Madagascar via agricultural cooperatives. A cooperative union in northern Madagascar brings together some 400 cocoa growers who sell high quality ‘fine’ cocoa through the organic food market. Motivation, unity and quality are the keys to their success.

News

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Researchers in Eastern Africa have identified insect species suitable for use in fish and poultry feed which are nutritionally superior to fishmeal. Using accessible techniques, insects can be sustainably mass reared, providing a unique opportunity for the economic empowerment of youth and women.

Analysis

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Bamboo is being used as a sustainable alternative for building affordable greenhouses in Nigeria. With the construction of an initial 80 greenhouses underway, the Nigerian company behind the project has already committed to expanding installation to meet rising demands.

News

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Benin is harnessing one of the world’s most invasive plant species as a viable resource. Just ten water hyacinth plants can multiply to up to 800,000 in less than 12 months, but since 2014, people have started to view the invasive plant as an economic – and environmental – opportunity.

News

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Jamaica is investing in in vitro propagation of Irish potato seeds in an effort to reduce imports and increase local farming production. The lab cultured seeds prevent spreading of disease and are hoped to boost production enough to not only achieve self-sufficiency, but also increase exports to European markets.

Analysis

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A cassava processing technology is turning peels into nutrient rich animal feed products and creating new markets in Nigeria’s livestock industry. Two local organisations have partnered up and are utilising the technology to reduce animal feed costs and provide long-term employment for women.

News

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Fish aggregating devices along the coast of Somalia are enhancing the incomes of local fishers by attracting off-shore sustainable fish stocks. A broad-based programme is also providing technical training to youths on fisheries management to tackle unemployment levels and piracy in the region.

News

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Satellite mapping technology is being used to identify illicit fishing practices and help enforce tighter regulations to protect global fish stocks. Global Fishing Watch is a free online platform which allows people to track the movements of fishing vessels and detect any suspicious activity.

News

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WHYFARM is using educational entertainment to inspire youth involvement in agriculture and help tackle the global food crisis. The not-for-profit organisation uses hands-on activities to teach children in Africa and the Caribbean about nutrition and sustainable agriculture.

Analysis

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A dairy sector competitiveness programme in Rwanda has instituted a dual-pronged approach to improve smallholder milk production, increase consumer demand and provide regulatory support for safe, high quality products. A recognised certificate of quality is awarded to those farmers meeting the standards.

Analysis

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The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and Republic of Korea are producing Tongil-type, stress-tolerant rice varieties to increase production across Africa. The new cultivars are expected to increase the area and duration over which rice can be grown to meet the pressing needs of farmers and consumers.