CTA workshop on perspectives for ICT and Agribusiness in ACP countries: Start-up financing, 3D printing and blockchain
This workshop, which will take place from 9 to 11 October 2017 in Rhenen, Netherlands, will discuss and identify key issues to improve access to capital for youth-led e-agriculture businesses and develop a better understanding of the perspectives of 3D printing and blockchain technology for the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) agricultural development sector.
Three specific topics have been selected for this workshop. On the one hand, e-agriculture entrepreneurship has emerged as an important area of social entrepreneurship and agribusiness. Access to finance for innovators engaged in that segment is critical for their growth, for youth employment and agricultural transformation.
On the other hand, 3D printing and blockchain constitute emerging technologies and issues at the global level. They will generate significant socio-economic implications for developing countries; they have the potential to improve business performance and also to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for young innovators.
The specific objectives of the workshop are thus to:
- Identify key issues and avenues relating to improving access to capital and profitability for ICT4Ag businesses owned by young entrepreneurs;
- Develop a better understanding of the relevance and perspectives of 3D Printing and blockchain technologies for the ACP agricultural sector;
- Develop recommendations which favour the design of strategic actions to address issues discussed.
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