An initiative of CTA, facilitated by the ARDYIS project


CTA’s Plug & Play Event: Call for Innovation

 We are glad to announce that CTA will host a Plug & Play Event during the next conference on Grain Trade in West Africa, in November 2016, in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso.

CTA’s Plug & Play Event is the « Tech-Dating for Agriculture » which allows ICT4Ag innovators to demonstrate their systems in-turns thereby allowing participants to experience as many innovations that is of interest.

Are you an application developer or an ICT service for agriculture provider?

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To be launched soon: Pitch AgriHack to advance e-agriculture entrepreneurship!


Pitch AgriHack! is a new component of the AgriHack Talent program of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA ). It is a bootcamp followed by a pitching competition for existing e-agriculture start-ups, giving them eventually opportunities to consolidate, pilot or upscale their platforms and services. The ultimate objectives are to help develop business services offered by young e-agriculture start-ups as well as to contribute to accelerating the adoption of innovations for stronger productivity by the agrifood sector in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

It complements the AgriHack Talent program of which objective is to promote ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by youth, in view to enabling the transformation of the agri-food sector as well as youth livelihoods in ACP countries. So far, hackathons, incubations and promotional activities have been implemented in four ACP regions: East Africa, where it was piloted in 2013; Caribbean in 2014; South Africa (national edition) in 2015 and West Africa in 2016.

Stay tuned, and if you want to get involved or to partner on this activity, send a mail to


Call for submission of articles

ICT Update magazine is looking for articles for the forthcoming issue, which will focus on ICT entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector (or e-agriculture entrepreneurship), especially by young entrepreneurs.

CTA is interested in articles that explore and present case studies on ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship, especially led by young entrepreneurs (below 40 years of age). More specifically, they are interested in articles dealing with:

  • the opportunities and challenges that occur in e-agriculture entrepreneurship,
  • the nature and market of that kind of entrepreneurship, opportunities for youth employment,
  • the impacts of ICT entrepreneurship on agricultural development, and the implementation of profitable business models.
  • Other relevant topics include funding and investments issues, women entrepreneurs, tips for e-agriculture entrepreneurs for collaboration with telecom operators, etc.

For more information see the link:


Innovate for agriculture (Report)

Increasing agricultural productivity in developing countries and promoting youth employment and entrepreneurship are important recommendations of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play an important role. Young entrepreneurs using ICT innovations are particularly suited to contribute to increased agricultural productivity and sustainability given their inventiveness, energy and capacity to take risks.

An increasing number of young innovative entrepreneurs in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are developing ICTs for agriculture solutions to support agricultural value chains, providing employment and livelihood opportunities.

To highlight ACP entrepreneurs’ important contribution and to emphasise the need for strengthening their endeavours, CTA, in collaboration with Ashoka‘s Youth Venture, has produced the publication Innovate for Agriculture.

The report introduces 30 innovators, 21 featured with full stories, and nine ‘innovators to watch’. Case studies include innovations from Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. Some of thhese applications and products have been developed and are operated by young entrepreneurs from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and USA – some through hackathons and incubations organised by the ARDYIS project

Read more:


AgriHack West Africa now receiving entries: Apply!


The Youth-Enabled Fish Farming ‪#‎AgriHack‬ (YEFFA) also known as AgriHack West Africa is now receiving applications from ICT innovators and developers who are based in one of the 3 focus countries: Nigeria, Benin and Togo, and are interested in working towards solving any of the persistent problems of the fish value chain in these countries.

For more details and to apply, go to

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Launch of the Fish Farming AgriHack in West Africa

New innovations continue to revolutionise the way we carry out fish farming. In an increasingly digital world, mobile solutions are also being called upon to tackle some of the challenges that the sector faces.
In line with this, the Youth-Enabled Fish Farming AgriHack (YEFFA) project was selected last year by CTA following the launch of its Youth call for proposals. The objective of the project is to use information technology to help solve challenges in the fish farming value chains in Nigeria, Benin and Togo. The initiative is led by Wennovation Hub (an ICT innovation centre in Nigeria) in collaboration with e-triLabs and Woelab (ICT innovation centres in Benin and Togo respectively) and the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND).

YEFFA is an adaptation of the AgriHack Talent Initiative that CTA has been championing, which aims to support ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by youth up to 35 years old.

For more information please here


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Meet the winners of the Durban AgriHack Talent Challenge

The winners of the Durban AgriHack Talent Challenge, which took place from 28 November to 02 December 2015 in Durban in South Africa, were announced on 2nd December, at the closing ceremony of the Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture, African Edition (GFIA Africa).

For more information, go to event’s website

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Videos of the Finals of the AgriHack Talent Caribbean activity

Below you will find several videos of the Finals of the AgriHack Talent Caribbean activity.

The first video is a 7 min film on the overall activity. The other videos present teams of finalists, including winners, talking about their product and their experience of the activity. More will be shared in the coming days here. Watch this page! (more…)


The Durban AgriHack Challenge is now open: Win cash prize and develop your career opportunities!

After the successful implementation of two editions of the AgriHack Talent initiative, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is pleased to launch the Durban Agrihack Talent Challenge! This event is organised in the framework of the Global Forum on Innovations in Agriculture in Africa (GFIA Africa) Conference, in collaboration with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).  AgriHack Talent encompasses a series of activities at the heart of which a national or regional hackathon competition is organised, including capacity building, entrepreneurship support in ICT and agriculture, promotion of the products developed and of best young Talents. (more…)

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Pest Contol Mobile Application, and Much More

Troy Weekes and Mortimer Seale shares the possibilities that their mobile application CropGuard can offer to address pest control and help farmers. While initially a pest control prototype, networking and brainstorming with communities have revealed a myriad of other uses that the application can fulfil.

Read more on the ARDYID website