Three decades ago, in the build up to the signing of the Second Lomé Convention between the EU and ACP, the latter started lobbying for an agriculture fund. It was within this context that CTA, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation was established.
At that time, CTA’s mandate was ‘to be at the disposal of the ACP states to provide them with better access to information, research and training and innovations in the agricultural and rural field.’
Thirty years on, CTA remains dedicated to agricultural and rural development in the 80 member countries of the ACP Group. The Centre is governed by the Cotonou Agreement (successor to the Lomé Convention) and funded by the European Union.
CTA, with its numerous national, regional and international partners, has been working towards achieving a shared vision of strong agriculture contributing to food security, economic growth and sustainability. With a huge surge in global interest in agriculture since the 2007 food price crisis, CTA is well-positioned to expand its important work of sharing knowledge and building capacities in ACP countries.
CTA has supported various programmes, including the wide dissemination of its well-known Spore magazine, technical publications, and Web2.0 Learning Opportunities, Brussels Development Briefings, the International Conference series, Participatory Mapping and knowledge management platforms.
In recent years, CTA has expanded its programmes to address the needs of ACP countries in the areas of agricultural policies, value chain development and ICTs for agriculture.
Knowledge has always been at the heart of what CTA does. Therefore, it is fitting that in recognising its 30th anniversary, CTA highlights the real impact of knowledge on the lives of its beneficiaries and those with whom it works.
The ‘Knowledge is...’ campaign will run throughout 2014 and will celebrate the true power of knowledge in agricultural and rural development.