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A year in review 2017

A year in review

Moving to next-generation farming

Message from the director

Michael Hailu

We have stepped up our efforts to encourage youth entrepreneurship, support climate-smart agriculture, and promote digitalisation to improve the productivity and resilience of agricultural value chains.

At CTA, we leverage the power of knowledge, innovation and technology, particularly information and communication technologies (ICTs), to make a difference to the lives of rural people across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

We have stepped up our efforts to encourage youth entrepreneurship, support climate-smart agriculture, and promote digitalisation to improve the productivity and resilience of agricultural value chains. CTA’s renowned publishing programme now has a far stronger online presence than in the past, providing ready access to much needed technical knowledge for millions of readers.

I am especially proud of the work we have done to inspire youth entrepreneurship. Through well-known talent competitions – such as regional Hackathons and Pitch AgriHack, held in West Africa this year – CTA encourages young innovators to showcase their skills and develop new products. Many have gone on to develop successful businesses. These are not only creating employment but providing a range of services that help hundreds of thousands of farmers to increase their productivity. This is vitally important, especially in Africa, where 60% of the population is under the age of 35.

Digitalisation has the power to transform agriculture and we see this clearly in our projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. The Market-led User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) provides small-scale farmers in Uganda with agronomic tips, weather alerts and index-based insurance, all delivered via mobile phone. Within three years, the project aims to increase the yields and incomes of 150,000 farmers. Another climate-smart project in Southern Africa also provides ‘bundled solutions,’ including weather information, crop insurance and drought-tolerant maize, to a similar number of farmers.

These projects give you a flavour of what we have achieved this year with our renewed focus on the priority issues of advancing youth entrepreneurship and employment; leveraging digitalisation for productivity and resilience and promoting climate-smart farming practices.

Michael Hailu, Director

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Key figures for 2017

100,000

cassava smallholders and processors will benefit from four projects established in Central Africa.

crops

150

families received funds to support home gardens through the Diversified Home Gardens for Improved Nutrition and Income in Haiti project.

350

students of which

160

were women received training on organic farming at the CTA supported Organic Warriors Academy in Samoa.

500

delegates attended three side events co-organised by CTA during the UN’s key climate change event - CoP23.

18,500

individuals in total have now subscribed to the e-version of Spore.

100,000

pastoralists will benefit from the CLIMARK project that builds resilience to climate change in the livestock value chain.

farm

180

agricultural cooperatives representing over

260,000

farmers were trained to strengthen their managerial capacity and improve their business performance.

85%

of

1,300

respondents to an ACP-wide survey supported the use of drones for agriculture. This led to recognition by the African Union of drones as a critical component in agricultural development.

484

CEOs, government agricultural officials and village farm suppliers were trained on climate-smart agricultural solutions in Zambia.

study

115

people of which

50%

were women participated in three national workshops on promoting nutritious food systems in the Pacific.

660

individuals of which

33%

were youth attended climate-change related events co-organised by CTA.

230,000

farmers were targeted by the MUIIS project to receive tailored crop husbandry recommendations and opportunities to insure their crops.

farm

390,512

individuals follow CTA accounts on Facebook

117,337

on Twitter.

576,489

PDFs of publications were downloaded from the CTA Publishing website, of which:

276,007

from ACP countries

300,382

from non-ACP countries

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Making the most of digitalisation

promoting_agribusiness
Inspiring young entrepreneurs
Exploring the future
Profiling tea farmers in Uganda
Leading the data revolution
Apps improve value chain efficiency
Grow more, sell more
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Focus on agribusiness

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Boosting Caribbean food exports
Making the most of cassava
Strengthening Africa’s cooperatives
Supporting Africa's rising entrepreneurs
Model gardens for Haiti
Creating profitable value chains
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Promoting enabling policies

knowledge_illustration
The transformative power of drones
Improving nutrition in the Pacific
Opportunities for Pacific agri-tourism
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Promoting climate-smart solutions

policy_illustration
Climate-smart strategies for pastoralists
Influencing global climate policy
Coping with climate change
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Knowledge management

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How mapping changed behaviour
Experience capitalization
Changing the way we communicate

LIST OF STAFF MEMBERS IN 2017

Director's office

  • Michael Hailu

    Director

  • Deborah Kleinbussink

    Executive Assistant/Board Secretary

  • Mona Regad

    administrative & research assistant

Brussels office

  • Isolina Boto


    Manager of Brussels Office

  • Angeles Salvador


    Project Assistant (based in Wageningen)

Knowledge Management & Communication (KMC) Programme

  • Thierry Doudet

    Programme Manager

  • Stéphane Gambier

    Sr Programme Coord/Communication

  • Paul Neate

    Sr Programme Coord/Communication

  • Krishan Bheenick

    Sr Programme Coord/Knowledge Management

  • Bertil Videt

    Programme Coord/Marketing & Communication

  • Thierry Lewyllie

    Programme Coord/Web

  • Murielle Vandreck

    Programme Coord/Publications

  • Olivier Hersperger

    Assoc. Programme Coord/Web content

  • Anne Legroscollard

    Asso. Programme Coord/Communication

  • Mirjam Bos

    Administrative Assistant

  • Evelyne Kort-Nerincx

    Administrative Assistant

  • Gabriela Gonçalves Bahre

    Data Assistant

  • Husna Yagoub

    Data Assistant

  • Lia Baruffa

    Project Assistant Experience Capitalization project

Policies, Markets & ICT (PMI) Programme

  • Lamon Rutten

    Programme Manager

  • Chris Addison

    Sr Programme Coord/Data4Ag

  • Oluyede Ajayi

    Sr Programme Coord/ARD Policy

  • Juan Cheaz

    Sr Programme Coord/Ag. Policy & Value Chains

  • Vincent Fautrel

    Sr Programme Coord/Value Chains

  • Judith Ann Francis

    Sr Programme Coord/S&T Policy

  • Giacomo Rambaldi

    Sr Programme Coord/ICT

  • Souleymane Zeba

    Sr Programme Coord/Agric. Policy & Value Chains

  • Benjamin Addom

    Programme Coord/ICT

  • Ken Lohento

    Programme Coord/ICT

  • Armelle Degrave

    Associate Programme Coord/PMI

  • Caroline Andriessen

    Project Assistant

  • Marion van Boven

    Project Assistant

  • Pavlina Ivanova

    Project Assistant

  • Carolina van Loenen

    Project Assistant

  • Merche Rodriguez

    Project Assistant

  • Arnoldine Stals

    Project Assistant

Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation (LME) Unit

  • Ibrahim Khadar

    Unit Manager

  • Tarikua Getachew Woldetsadick

    Associate Programme Coord/LME

  • Raya Dekkers

    Administrative Assistant

  • Annemiek Leuvenink

    Project Assistant (until 30 August)

Financial Control

  • Seema Shahi

    Internal Auditor/Financial Control

  • Kim Swerts

    Financial Control, Business Process Review Advisor

Corporate Services

  • Pascal Deleu

    Human Resources Officer, acting Head Corporate Services

  • Martijn Van der Burgt

    Sr Finance Officer (until 20 September)

  • Christine Webster

    Sr Procurement and Grants Officer

  • Christèle Coutureau

    Associate Human Resources Officer

  • Julia Nijhof

    Human Resources Assistant

  • Aurélie Reynier

    Administrative Assistant

  • Igor Biskupic

    ICT Coordinator

  • Louis Kolkman

    IT Technician

  • Peter Albers

    Account & Budget Officer

  • Serge Adolph

    Accounts Payable Assistant

  • Marco Van Maurik

    Accounts Payable Assistant

  • Ellen van Dijk

    Accounts Payable Assistant

  • Adrianus Biemans

    Caretaker

  • Thomas Mendo-Essiane

    Messenger/Driver

  • Manuela van Betuw

    Receptionist

Project staff managers

  • Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna

    Sr Tech. Adviser Value Chains & Agribusiness

  • Gian Nicola Francesconi

    Sr Tech. Adviser Cooperative Business Development

  • Emil Jejov

    Operations management/M&E officer, Pacific Islands project

  • Isaura Lopes Ramos

    Project coordinator GODAN Action

  • Carol Kakooza

    Project Coord/MUIIS project (Uganda)

  • Chipo Msengezi

    Project Coord/GODAN Action project

  • Jorge Chávez-Tafúr

    Assoc. Programme Coord/KM, Experience Capitalization project

  • Marion Girard Cisneros

    Associate Programme Coord/Web Content Management

  • Samson Vilvil Fare

    Associate Programme Coord/ARD Policy

  • Mariam Kadzamira

    Jr Programme Associate/Climate Change

  • Lebo Mofolo

    Jr Programme Associate/Policy Development Briefings

  • Antonella Piccolella

    Jr Programme Associate/PGIS

  • Oluwabunmi Ajilore

    Jr Programme Associate/ICT4Ag

  • Silvana Summa

    Jr Associate Coord/Intranet

Interns

  • Matthew Adetunji

  • Marc Bappa

  • Jana Dietershagen

  • Serge Kedja

  • Christel Kenou

  • Lars Lubbers

  • Laurianne Ollivier

  • Yvon Saroumi

  • Anna Sellars

  • Ebenezer Toga

Staff members who left CTA in 2017

  • Lamon Rutten

    Programme Manager (mid January)

  • Samson Vilvil Fare

    Associate Programme Coord/ARD Policy (end January)

  • Oluwabunmi Ajilore

    Jr Programme Associate/ICT4Ag (mid February)

  • Antonella Piccolella

    Jr Programme Associate/PGIS (mid March)

  • Isaura Lopes Ramos

    Project coordinator GODAN Action (mid April)

  • Marion Girard Cisneros

    Associate Programme Coord/Web Content Management (end April)

  • Paul Neate

    Sr Programme Coord/Communication (end June)

  • Pavlina Ivanova

    Project Assistant (beginning of July)

  • Silvana Summa

    Jr Associate Coord/Intranet (end July)

  • Kim Swerts

    Financial Control Officer, Business Process Review Advisor (end July)

  • Carolina van Loenen

    Project Assistant (end July)

  • Annemiek Leuvenink

    Project Assistant (end August)

  • Juan Cheaz

    Sr Programme Coord/Ag. Policy & Value Chains (beginning of September)

  • Martijn Van der Burgt

    Sr Finance Officer (mid September)

  • Souleymane Zeba

    Sr Programme Coord/Agric. Policy & Value Chains (end September)

  • Matthew Adetunji

    Intern

  • Serge Kedja

    Intern

  • Lars Lubbers

    Intern

  • Laurianne Ollivier

    Intern

  • Yvon Saroumi

    Intern

  • Anna Sellars

    Intern

  • Ebenezer Toga

    Intern

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