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Monday, 04 June 2018

Join CTA this week at the European Development Days, June 5-6

CTA to co-host three events this week at the European Development Days 2018, on June 5-6.

CTA joins forces with key partners to enhance women empowerment and best ACP practices in digitalisation and agribusiness.
Meet us at stand 23!


  • Going Digital: Sustainable development in agriculture for women (Lab Debate) This Tuesday, June 5, 18:00 to 19:15

Supporting women’s access to ICTs for agriculture and promoting participation

The need to embrace digital innovations and the opportunities they offer is real. Agriculture is not immune to these changes as they have the ability to transform every link in the agriculture value chain. However, despite the advancements in digitalisation, the gender gaps in access to ICTs continue to widen. Women are 14% less likely than men to own a mobile phone and 25 % fewer women and girls use the internet. This means female farmers, particularly in rural areas, often experience difficulties accessing relevant information, financial products and services and markets. They also often do not participate in relevant policy-making. This lab will share digitalisation opportunities for women and by women in agriculture and discuss how they can be leveraged for improved livelihoods.

Organisers: European Union, ACP, CTA, TradeCom II Programme,  PAFO, WIBDI
Date: June 5, 18:00 to 19:15
Location: D3
More information: https://bit.ly/2KxoCfn


  • Investing in ACP Women’s Graduation from the Informal Economy (Lab Debate)  This Wednesday, June 6, 10:45 to 12:00

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs to Effectively Push Back the Frontiers of Poverty, Informal Economy, Unemployment, Inclusiveness through EPAs

Sustained trade expansion and economic growth in the ACP countries provides the needed hope that the sought success in pushing back the frontiers of poverty, informal economy, youth unemployment and trade inclusiveness is within reach. IMF’s latest statistics confirms that the majority of the fastest-growing economies in the world through 2020 will be in Africa. Intra-ACP trade is growing. Caribbean and Pacific countries are strengthening their frontier status in the sector of trade in services. That positive performance notwithstanding, the numbers of women still operating within the informal economies is staggering. The ACP Group, hosting the majority of LDCs and women entrepreneurs in the informal sector, is the battleground on which the 2030 Agenda will be won or lost.

Organisers:  ACP, CTA, TradeCom II Programme
Date: June 6, 10:45 to 12:00
Location: D2
More information: https://bit.ly/2IGuvu4


  • Leading the change: Empowering women and girls for a thriving rural economy (High-Level Panel, Auditorium)  - This Wednesday, June 6, 14:30 to 16:00

Enhancing policy dialogue and cooperation on strengthening the role of women and girls in agriculture and rural areas

Public and private responsible investments to mobilise, incentivise and empower women and girls in the rural economy in Africa. The objective is to better coordinate African Union and European Union initiatives to increase investments in African sustainable agriculture, agribusiness and agroindustrial development. Enhance policy dialogue and cooperation and how to provide the right framework to create decent jobs and bring sustainable growth in the African rural economy. We will examine women's access to finance, land and decision making, training, advice and information.Share knowledge and know-how on best policies and mechanisms to empower women and girls in rural areas; develop employment opportunities and revenue-generating activities in regions of origin and transit of migrants

Organisers: African Union, CTA, European Commission, UNIDO
Date: June 6, 14:30 to 16:00
Location: A2 
More information: https://bit.ly/2Icy8qt


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