About us


Agriculture is key to meeting many of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. It is critical not only to ensure food and nutrition security for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, but also to create jobs for millions of young people joining the labour market each year and to contribute to economic growth and prosperity. To achieve this effectively, agriculture must be treated as a business and smallholder producers must be placed at the centre to earn a greater share of the agricultural value chain.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU).

Mission: To advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture.

Vision: Smallholder agriculture as a vibrant, modern and sustainable business that creates value for farmers, entrepreneurs, youth and women, and produces affordable, nutritious and healthy food for all.

Read CTA's Annual reports to learn more about CTA's and its partners' achievements since 2003.

CTA staff

Meet our staff per department

CTA employs around 60 people from different ACP and EU countries, including Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Malawi, Portugal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. 

Knowledge has the power to change lives. Discover the impact some of CTA’s activities and publications have had on rural communities, business and individuals in the selection of testimonials below.

Executive Board of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), as per the decision no 4/2013 of the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors of 7 November 2013.