Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 10 October 2018 at 08:03


CTA: The objective of this call is to support the implementation of blockchain use cases addressing the agri-food sector in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries, in order to contribute to its transformation.

A maximum of six grants will be awarded. The maximum amount that will be allocated to a winning proposal is Euro 60,000.

Applications must be submitted by email address by Monday 12 November 2018 @ 23:59 Netherlands time.

The subject heading of the email must bear the title “Blockchain use cases in Agriculture in African, the Caribbean and Pacific countries - Call for Proposals". Projects can be submitted in English or French.

Applicants may send questions by email no later than 21 days before the deadline for receipt of applications to: Ken Lohento, Senior ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator, CTA: lohento@cta.int. Only inquiries (and NOT proposals) will be sent to that address. The email to which proposals will be sent is i

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 9 October 2018 at 08:38

Internship Opportunity at Technical Centre of Agriculture (CTA)

(Deadline for applications: 21 October 2018)

CTA is looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented intern to support the ICT4Ag team.

Internship background

CTA has an opening for an intern within the Policies, Markets and ICTs (PMI) Programme. The successful candidate will support Youth Entrepreneurship and ICT for agriculture initiatives within the ICT4Ag team.

Duties & responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the ICT4Ag team leader, the intern will assist in the following activities:

Support the implementation of activities relating to youth, entrepreneurship, ICTs and agriculture including the following projects:

-AgriHack Talent initiative which supports ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Agriculture;

-The “Youth Economic Empowerment in Agribusiness in Kenya (VijaBiz) project;

-The Ideal Burkina project which enables delivery of digital services to young farmers and agripreneurs in -Burkina Faso;


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Sylvie UWIHEREKEJE I would like to apply in this internship

2 months 3 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Sylvie, this is a what we call one chance in a life!I would encourage to try your best and apply this opportunity!

2 months 1 day ago

Sylvie UWIHEREKEJE Dear Thacien, Firstly, thanks for your encouragement ,i'm  going to try my best to apply and i think you will help me to get it because All request we need, I have it.

2 months 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 3 October 2018 at 07:00

Appel à propositions pour une subvention de 250 000 euros

Ceci est un rappel! Le Centre Technique de Coopération Agricole et Rural (CTA) lance un appel à propositions pour soutenir la mise en œuvre de services de mécanisation basés sur les TIC en Afrique. Le montant indicatif global mis à disposition au titre de cet appel à propositions est de 250 000 euros maximum. 

Les candidatures doivent être envoyées par e-mail avant le jeudi 11 octobre 2018 @ 18h00. Heure des Pays-Bas.

Le Centre Technique de Coopération Agricole et Rurale (CTA) est une institution internationale commune du Groupe des États d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP) et de l'Union européenne (UE). Sa mission est de faire progresser la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle, d'accroître la prospérité et d'encourager une gestion rationnelle des ressources naturelles dans les pays ACP.

Plus d'informations sont disponibles ici:goo.gl/GwGyFZ

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 28 August 2018 at 07:52

Le project value4her apelle les entrepreneuses d'Afrique à développer le premier réseau interrégional sur l'agribusiness

VALUE4HER est un nouveau projet du CTA qui entend autonomiser les femmes entrepreneuses du secteur agricole, ou « agripreneuses », en leur fournissant les compétences, les connaissances et l’accès aux marchés, aux financements et aux services dont elles ont besoin pour développer leur entreprise. Le projet appelle les agroentreprises, dirigées par des femmes, à rejoindre le premier réseau de renseignements sur l’agribusiness d’Afrique qui leur est spécialement dédié.

Les principaux défis auxquels les femmes sont confrontées incluent l’accès aux marchés, aux connaissances sur ces marchés, aux financements et aux autres services économiques, ainsi que le manque de compétences techniques, en gestion et en leadership nécessaires pour qu’une entreprise aille de l’avant.

VALUE4HER appelle les agroentreprises, dirigées par des femmes, en Afrique

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 23 August 2018 at 11:51


This is a call for digital registration of women-owned agribusinesses in Eastern and Southern Africa. This registration will facilitate the development of a digital database for women-owned agribusinesses in Africa, the first agribusiness intelligence network targeting women agri-entrepreneurs.


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

CTA in collaboration with its regional partners, African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAN East Africa) and the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), has recently launched a programme initiative named VALUE4HER. VALUE4HER is a continental initiative aimed at increasing incomes for women from agribusinesses through a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 August 2018 at 10:52

Dear AgriProFocus Members,

I am documenting best practices of smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chain finance in Africa. Precisely, I am documenting impact stories on successful financing of smallholder farmers. 

This is an opportunity to improve knowledge areas about some challenges, risks, risk mitigation, enablers, structuring, repayment strategies, opportunities and lessons learnt from financing smallholder agriculture in close value chains. This is also an opportunity to show case your organization's achievement in working with or financing smallholder farmers.

The output from this documentation will be policy briefs or a single online publication with proper referencing of your contributions. I strongly believe that this publication/policy briefs will enable development experts to learn new deployable knowledge/mechanisms for financing smallholder farmers, and to enable smallholder farmers break out of poverty with enhanced sustainable livelihoods.

Some experts have share

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Posted By in Farmer-Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 15 August 2018 at 09:10

Stephanie Lynch writes in SPORE magazine about 

Agriculture’s potential for peacebuilding

Read the full article here.

In recent years, agriculture has become increasingly recognised as an entry point for building peace and resilience in fragile states. With up to two-thirds of employment and one-third of GDP in countries experiencing prolonged crises linked to agriculture, investment in the sector can be transformative for the resilience of vulnerable populations. To prevent fragile situations descending into crises and ensure the sustainable recovery of vulnerable populations, rural communities need the capacity to monitor and predict crisis and disaster risks, as well as to develop strategies to help minimise the impact of such risks on food production.

Connecting farmers to markets

With increased capacity to grow surplus produce, farmers need access to finance and markets to add value to their products and further increase their incomes. However, in fragile states, neither f

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Shadrack Agaki Rolf Schinkel i have read through the whole article by Stephanie Lynch , in deed i believe agriculture is like a center bolt that would holds prosperity of the world. This conversation should be encouraged on this platform with a view of  finding the best way to lead the way in linking and providing critical information that would help in making agriculture work in countries the Network has presence.   

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Rolf Schinkel Thank you Shadrack Agaki for your reply and interst in the article. It is an important issue indeed. I know a bit about it from my own experience, or rather the experience of the AgriProFocus platform in DR Congo. Agriculture fairs were organised by the AgriProFocus team there, at places that knew for longtime only war and insecurity . Only having the fair and meeting other people involved in agribusiness was already something special and re-assuring for many people there. It brought the sense of revival.By the way, did you notice Stephanie has her profile on this platform: https://agriprofocus.com/profile/stephanie.lynch.25346 . 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 10 August 2018 at 09:59

€ 250 000 call for proposals on ICT and Mechanisation (deadline Oct 11, 2018)

CTA calls for proposals for Grant: ICT-ENABLED MECHANISATION IN AFRICA. This is a call to explore and implement initiatives supportive of the effective use of digital technologies for agricultural transformation in Africa.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries.

CTA is launching a Call for proposals to support the implementation of ICT-enabled mechanisation services in Africa. Applications have to be sent by email by Thursday, 11 October 2018 @ 6:00 PM Netherlands time.

The overall indicative amount made available under this Grant / Call for Proposals is a maximum of Euro 250,000.

For more information, click here: 

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 30 July 2018 at 11:35


CTA appelle à l’enregistrement numérique des agroentreprises dirigées par des femmes en Afrique de l’Est et australe. Cet enregistrement facilitera la création d’une base de données en ligne de ces entreprises, qui sera le premier réseau de renseignements sur l’agribusiness dédié aux agroentreprises dirigées par des femmes. L’objectif est de créer un réseau d’agroentreprises de femmes, ainsi que de renforcer le flux d’informations au sein des réseaux d’agroentreprises dirigées par des femmes et avec les marchés, chaînes de valeurs et autres fournisseurs de services, y compris les partenaires financiers. 


Les agroentreprises enregistrées:

 seront  invitées à participer à un salon B2B international organisé par le programme VALUE4HE;

Seront éligibles à une formation en deux phases sur la gestion d’agroentreprises et le le

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 January 2018 at 07:32

A interesting GFAR blog: Learning about data for farmers and how it can help to “cross the donga” 

Read this blog summarizing highlights of a GFAR event, in which participants learnt, but also discussing passionately, about data that are needed by farmers: data that are actually available and data that are not; who is providing or is expected to provide such data; examples of data services and data-driven apps; as well as about the data that are produced by the farmers and what rights they have on these data. 

GFAR organized the event in collaboration with the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).  

https://blog.gfar.net/2017/12/20/learning-about-data-for-farmers-and-how-it-can-help-to-cross-the-donga/ via @wordpressdotcom

Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 29 June 2017 at 12:57

Comment rendre votre coopérative rentable en six étapes

Six étapes suffisent pour permettre aux associations et organisations de producteurs africains de devenir des entreprises modernes et compétitives tout en restant fidèles à leurs principes coopératifs. Il est ainsi possible d’établir des organisations autonomes, démocratiques, dont les producteurs restent maîtres, capables de stimuler fortement l’emploi rural et à l’agro-industrie en Afrique, comme l’indique une étude récente.

Bien que très répandues en Afrique rurale, les coopératives n'ont pas encore été en mesure de promouvoir l'entrepreneuriat rural et l'agro-industrie à grande échelle. Cette situation s'explique, entre autres, par le fait que les coopératives agricoles d'Afrique ont du mal à mobiliser et à conserver une commercialisation collective pendant toute leur existence. Ceci est dû à des ventes parallèles par des producteurs membres de ces coopératives et qui faussent donc leur schéma

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 13 June 2017 at 01:12

Gagnez un investissement pour votre start-up e-agricole !

Lancement Pitch AgriHack Afrique de l'Ouest 2017

Le Centre technique de coopération agricole et rurale ACP-UE (CTA), en collaboration avec l’African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Agribusiness TV et les espaces d’innovations tels que Orange Fab Côte d'Ivoire, Wennovation Hub (Nigeria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Bénin), Suguba (Mali), CTIC Dakar (Sénégal), lance Pitch AgriHack Afrique de l’Ouest 2017, dans le cadre du Programme AgriHack Talent. Cette édition régionale fait suite à l’organisation réussie de la première édition internationale Pitch AgriHack 2016.

Pitch AgriHack Afrique de l'Ouest 2017 est ouverte aux jeunes pousses (startups) TIC des pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest qui offrent des services au secteur agricole. Les entrepreneurs doivent être propriétaires d'une application ou plateforme e-agricole déjà développée et si possible déjà en service et générant des revenus.

Pitch AgriHack compren

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Akibodé Djodji Mon cher Didier, Merci pour le partage. L’agriculture  est le  secteur offrant le plus de perspectives de croissance et de profitabilité en Afrique. L’industrie agricole pourra s’appuyer sur les NTIC pour accompagner sa croissance et surtout éviter le gaspillage alimentaire.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 28 April 2017 at 11:12


Ce Guide pour l’agripreneuriat TIC a été conçu pour aider les jeunes entrepreneurs à exploiter au mieux les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC). Basé sur l’expérience acquise par le CTA lors de nombreuses activités menées avec les jeunes dans le secteur des nouvelles technologies, ce guide vise à fournir aux agripreneurs débutants les connaissances techniques et les compétences commerciales nécessaires pour se lancer avec succès dans une aventure e-agricole. Le manuel est aussi destiné aux incubateurs et aux institutions qui soutiennent ces jeunes entrepreneurs.

Posted By in Resources & Publications
Posted 5 February 2017 at 04:18

Innovative and Inclusive Finance for Youth in Agriculture

Authors Lamon Rutten, Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) Sehomi Landry Fanou, Wageningen University, Netherlands. Africa Agriculture Status Report 2015

Rural and urban youth have the potential to contribute to food security, economic development, social inclusion and stability. But sadly, three of every four youths in Africa live on less than USD 2/day (African Economic Outlook 2013). Securing youth access to credit, savings, and insurance will unveil their talent for entrepreneurship, boost their self-esteem and allow them to have a positive transformative role in their society. Financing youth in agriculture is already happening, and where African youth have had this opportunity, they have found innovative and creative strategies to secure a future for themselves while contributing to the development of the private sector and social stability in their countries. 

Key Messages 

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Invitation to Attend Pitch AgriHack on 23rd November

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  23 November 2016, All Day Event

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA www.cta.int), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, would like to invite you to the Pitching Day of the Pitch AgriHack Finals.

Pitch AgriHack aims at accelerating e-agriculture entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods and food security. It targets startups founded by young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 35 years, from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. There will be 25 Startups offering ICT services to the agri-food sector, which will be involved in capacity building activities and will be pitching eventually. They come from 16 countries (including Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Botswana, St Kitts and Nevis, Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast) and have been selected out of 152 agtech startups. For more informations, click HERE


Blending4Ag: Innovative Partnerships for Agri-Finance

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 November 2016 to 08 November 2016 - All Day Event

The focus of this international conference is on the strategic use of international and national development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilise private capital flows into smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chains in developing countries.

The conference will contribute to the knowledge base on how best blended finance can be brought to bear on the agricultural sector, and to bring together key stakeholders who, working together, can catalyse the change towards more impactful public sector funding of agriculture.

The conference is organised around four thematic streams:

1. Achieving leverage in unlocking private funding for smallholder agriculture through public resources

2. Facilities for local currency financing in blended finance for agriculture

3. Partnership for effective financing of climate change adaptation and resilience

4. Risk management and other support structures in blended finance for agriculture

The Blending4Ag conference is organised by CTA in colla

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2nd Pan African Agri-Business Incubators Conference & Expo

Event posted by in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
  04 October 2016 to 09 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Accra (Ghana)

The 2nd Pan African Agri-Business Incubators Conference and Expo is an event organized by the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) with the support of CTA, the African Development Bank (AfDB), African Union (AU), the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana (MOFA) amongst others. The three day event will bring about 1000 delegates from around the world converging in Accra, Ghana to create awareness on agribusiness incubation, trade and investment opportunities in Africa.

The conference, “Turning science into business: Inclusive agribusiness incubation for vibrant economies” will showcase opportunities for youth in agribusiness incubation, different public and private sector actors supporting enterprising start-ups, SMEs engaged in value chain transformation, financing agencies supporting the establishment of agribusiness ventures, agencies supporting trade and investment and banks providing financing and de-risking the sector.

CTA is supporting the attendance of ~60 yo

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 29 August 2016 at 11:16

Win investment for your start-up at Pitch AgriHack!

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, is launching the pilot edition of Pitch AgriHack, a new component of its AgriHack Talent Programme.
Pitch AgriHack 2016 is open for young ICT start-ups from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, offering services to the agriculture sector. The entrepreneurs should be owners of an already developed e-agriculture/ICT4Ag application or platform.

Pitch AgriHack will:

1- provide a business training boot camp

2- create a platform for pitching service offered to potential investors

2- facilitate grants, investments and additional incubation/acceleration opportunities.

Two categories are available:

1- Early stage platform

This is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that have

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Guylaine Mwamini Merci pour cette information Mr Guigonou Freddy PADONOU, mais j'ai l'impréssion que le lien que vous avait mis pour plus d'information n'est pas actif, si vous pouvais le revoir, mais aussi bien expliqué ce projet qui semble compliqué, à comprendre. Ces informations permettrons aux jeunes intérressés à mieux se préparer . Cordialement

2 years 3 months ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU http://bit.ly/pitch-agrihack-preLaunch Vous avez raison Mme Mwamini. Ceci est le lien pour en savoir plus

2 years 3 months ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU Il s'agit d'un programme TIC pour l'agriculture que met en œuvre le CTA depuis quelques années. Les jeunes professionnels exerçant dans le domaine et recherchant des solutions TIC pour résoudre les problèmes en agriculture en général peuvent bénéficier de cette opportunité qu'offre le CTA en partenariat avec la BAD. Il s'agit donc pour ces jeunes de soumissionner à cette subvention si la solution TIC qu'ils proposent n'est pas encore finalisée ou pas suffisamment promue pour contribuer au développement de l'agriculture e Afrique.

2 years 3 months ago


Afrique de l'Ouest : moderniser le marché des céréales

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  20 September 2016 to 22 September 2016 - All Day Event
  Lomé (Togo)

Les céréales jouent un rôle crucial en Afrique de l'Ouest, dont elles occupent un cinquième des terres arables. Leur production a progressé significativement dans les cinquante dernières années, avec 16 millions de tonnes en 1980 contre 63 millions de tonnes en 2015. La demande a aussi crû considérablement, du fait de la croissance démographique et de la hausse de la demande du bétail. Elle s'est aussi modifiée, avec l'urbanisation et les changements des modes de consommation. Face aux besoins croissants et à une offre insuffisante, le CTA et ses partenaires ont fait le constat du besoin de renforcer le marché. Pour cela, une conférence de trois jours est organisée qui a pour but d'informer les acteurs, capitaliser les expériences et les bonnes pratiques et convenir d'une feuille de route permettant la mise en œuvre, le suivi et l'évaluation d'un ensemble de recommandations.

Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ICI

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 24 February 2016 at 02:35

Act for Development (Act-Dev ONG) participe à l'atelier de lancement du YEFFA

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Act for Development NGO will take part of this activity

For more information, click here

Freddy PADONOU (Act-Dev ONG)