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Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou, the man tasked with digitising Niger’s economy, explains how the country wants to connect its farmers with other markets in the region.

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We need a much wider array of technologies

Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation, Simon Winter, emphasises the benefits of both public and private sector actors for agricultural growth and development, as well as the need to develop localised solutions.

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The agricultural sector must transform everywhere in the world

In an exclusive interview with Spore, the former French Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition explains the issues at stake at the UN climate change conference (COP24), which will be held in Poland in December 2018, and the central role of agriculture in the context of climate change.

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Women’s empowerment is critical

Following the European Development Days (EDDs), which put a spotlight on women’s empowerment on 5-6 June 2018, Spore spoke with CTA Director, Michael Hailu, to get his take on reducing the gender gap in agriculture, in particular through digitalisation.

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If we want to change agriculture, we can’t ignore women

Dr Maxime Houinato, formerly of Oxfam, is now the Mali representative for UN Women. Here, he outlines the aims of the Women’s Agriculture and Sustainable Development (AgriFed) programme and stresses how women play a vital role in adopting new climate-resilient farming practices.

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My advice for women is just go and try it

With over 22 years of international development experience, Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna – CTA’s Senior Technical Advisor for Value Chains and Agribusiness – describes how opportunities have improved for women in agriculture and the challenges that remain to be addressed.

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Don’t leave technology to the men

Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, CEO and Founder of blueMoon – Ethiopia’s first youth agribusiness incubator – shares her experience as a woman entrepreneur in Africa’s agricultural sector and stresses the importance that agribusinesses ‘think digital’.

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Championing small island states at COP23

Fiji holds the presidency at the 23rd Climate Change Conference (COP23), held in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November. Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, explains his hopes for accelerating climate action in favour of vulnerable small island nations.

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Paul Greener: “Funding ideas for agricultural resilience”

Dr Paul Greener, CEO of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), explains the role of challenge funds in stimulating the market to provide solutions to social problems. By investing in innovative ideas of small and medium enterprises in Africa, AECF is promoting agricultural resilience and transformation.

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Joachim von Braun: “The future of rural innovation”

Professor Joachim von Braun, co-chair of the Malabo Montpellier Panel and co-chair for an international advisory group to the ‘One World – No Hunger’ conference, which is to be held in Berlin from 27-28 April 2017, highlights the importance of rural areas and the youth in combatting world hunger.

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Paul Horrocks: “Defining Blended Finance”

Lead Manager for Private Investment at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), talks about the need to create a common definition for the structure and what blended finance could mean for agriculture.

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