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Michael Hailu highlights the catalytic role of CTA in raising awareness of digital technologies, sharing lessons, publishing information around these innovations, and supporting young entrepreneurs.

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Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), discusses the importance of gender responsiveness and building women’s confidence across the agricultural sector.

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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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.