1. We increasingly hear about innovation taking place in Africa and other countries in the South. ICTs appears to be in the driving seat. Do these testimonies reflect localised initiatives or are there any significant trends at national and continental level? Are we at the edge of a second agricultural revolution?

    Let's see what the numbers are telling us ....

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  2. Albert Einstein is quoted having said: “I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.” How true he was!

    There is no doubt that the transformative power of ICTs makes us live in exponential times !

    Let’s give it a try, and jump to year 2025 of the @gricultural revolution.

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  3. In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA, West Africa, tells us more about the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security and the 10 percent national budget allocation to agriculture development.
    Sylla gives an update about the implementation and progress of Maputo commitments. He says we witness a clear change in West African agriculture, but we are still waiting to see the impact on the ground. He states that while the commitment to allocate at least 10 percent of national budgetary resources to agriculture and rural development policy implementation is actually met by several country, in many cases the major part of the funding comes from external donors.
    On the 2nd October 2013, Kalilou Sylla held a presentation on “the progress of Maputo commitments towards agriculture in West Africa” as part of the Brussels Briefing on the ‘Drivers of success for agricultural transformation in Africa’ organized by CTA Brussels at the Borschette Congress Center in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: brusselsbriefings.net/past-briefings/agricultural-transformation-in-africa/

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  4. In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Fernando Dos Santos, Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) tells us more about the the development of a geographical indications system in the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) countries.
    Dos Santos said that the majority of ARIPO member states are Least Developed Countries and their economies are mainly based on small-scale agriculture. The main issue for small farmers is the access to the markets. The Geographical Indication tool will contribute to add more value to their products. They will gain more attention and the access to market will be facilitated.
    On 15th May 2013, Fernando Dos Santos chaired a panel on ‘The way forward to protect value by marketing tradition and origin’ as part of the Brussels Briefing ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’ organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: brusselsbriefings.net/tag/traditional-products/

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  5. In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, John Malcolm Spence Senior Coordinator, Intellectual Property Issues, CARICOM Secretariat, tells us more about the concept of Geographic Indication (GI) and the opportunities it represents for the states of CARICOM.
    Spence states that GIs are key for protecting the additional value that some of the goods produced in the Caribbean have. He also says that GIs will bring investment capital in the regions where they are located and will consequently help to develop rural areas. He is convinced that more and more Caribbean products using GIs will soon arrive on the international markets and that they will be identified and valued by the consumers.
    On 15th May 2013, John Malcolm Spence held a presentation on “The Caribbean experience in protecting agricultural and agrifood products” as part of the Brussels Briefing ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’ organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: brusselsbriefings.net/tag/traditional-products/

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