Who we are

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).

Central to achieving our mission is our valued partnerships with ACP national and regional bodies. We also work with a wide network of ACP-EU public and private sector bodies as well as international organisations around the world.

Our mission, vision and core values are at the heart of our organisation. They inspire our people, underpin our decisions and motivate our actions.

Our Mission

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

Our 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.

Our Core Values


  • CTA is committed to serving as an honest broker by bringing together, and facilitating communication among, different stakeholders to achieve sustainable solutions for ARD challenges in ACP countries.
  • CTA will demonstrate a high level of accountability to its supervisory authorities, partners and beneficiaries.


  • CTA will strive to build strong partnerships with groups and institutions to achieve common objectives.

Fast Facts

CTA was established in 1983
Director: Michael Hailu (2010 - present)
Working in 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries
Funded by the European Union

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

CTA's 2016-2020 Strategic Plan identifies three strategic goals which contribute to greater food and nutrition security and achieve the greatest impact for CTA's work. Our three strategic goals are:

- Profitable smallholder value chains
- Conducive agricultural policies
- Enhanced capacity for knowledge management

Smallholders need profitable value chains; the development of profitable value chains requires supportive agricultural policies; and both are boosted by improved knowledge management.