About us


After many years of neglect, agriculture is back on the global agenda as a major vehicle for poverty reduction and economic growth and so this renewed interest bodes well for CTA's work. In our Strategic Plan 2011-2015, we have set out our key priorities for the coming years.

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.

CTA changes people's lives. Below you will find a selection of feedback we have received.

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).

CTA staff

Meet our staff per department

CTA employs around 60 people from different ACP and EU countries, including Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, Lesotho, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom. Led by the Director, they work in the following programmes and departments:

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.

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.

CTA has a new way of doing business. The organisation is introducing six new flagship projects to increase agricultural productivity, contribute to more-efficient and inclusive agricultural value chains and markets, and promote climate-smart agriculture.