They can produce enough food to feed not only themselves, but also burgeoning urban populations and reverse the rising trend of food imports into the ACP countries. To this end, smallholders must be able to apply innovations to increase their productivity, reduce post-harvest losses and become more resilient to climate change. They must also have access to lucrative markets. CTA assists smallholders to become better organised in order to profit from domestic, regional and international markets; by promoting access to key business development services, such as finance and inputs; by leveraging ICTs at various stages of the value chain; and by building resilience through climate-smart farming practices.
While smallholder producers are CTA's ultimate 'clients', it is the Centre's partner organisations and networks in the ACP that serve smallholders directly. Therefore, we are intensifying our partnerships and articulating how to convert global challenges into opportunities for smallholders.
Agribusiness development, ICT for agriculture, youth and women entrepreneurship, climate-smart agriculture and knowledge management – these are the key areas where we are working with partners to transform agriculture for the benefit of ACP smallholder producers and other value chain actors.
I would like to thank the ACP Group and the European Union for their commitment and continued support for the work of CTA. I look forward to working with our key stakeholders to ensure that CTA continues to work for the benefit of rural communities, especially women and youth across the ACP.