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CTA turns 30

April 14, 2014

On Friday 4th April 2014, CTA marked the start of its 30th Anniversary with a High Level Panel to discuss investment in African agriculture, as part of the Brussels Briefing series.

Over 200 guests gathered in the Egmont Palace in Brussels to hear ministers, experts and investors debate how African agriculture can be transformed, in order to make a greater contribution to the continent's economic prospects.


Speakers including Tanzania’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Hon. Abdallah Kigoda, representing President Kikwete, the Africa Union’s Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, and Theo de Jager, President of SACAU, repeated the necessity of transforming African agriculture in order to boost economic growth, job creation and to eradicate poverty.

CTA was delighted to mark its 30th Anniversary at this prestigious event with the launch of a new publication, ‘Stories of Change: Transforming lives through agricultural and rural development’. Highlighting CTA’s achievements and the impact the organisation has had on the prospects of those working in agriculture in ACP countries over the past three decades, the book also celebrates the countless collaborations with local, regional and international partners, without whom CTA’s success would not have been possible.

CTA recognises the importance of sharing success stories so others might be inspired by them or learn from them. The stories also highlight many of the problems faced in agriculture – integration of smallholders into profitable markets, access to finance, linking agriculture to nutrition objectives, making agriculture climate-smart, and learning from successes and failures. And they tell of promising progress that is being made in addressing these problems across the ACP.

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, CTA is also running a campaign under the “Knowledge Is” motto.

  • The ‘Knowledge’ business is CTA’s core competency.
  • Knowledge is the common thread that runs through everything CTA does – create, share and disseminate knowledge.
  • Knowledge is a powerful and positive message – knowledge opens the door for transformation, food & nutrition security, prosperity, resilience, and competitiveness.

Throughout 2014, CTA will share stories, like those in the ‘Stories for Change’ book that demonstrate what knowledge can achieve. These stories come from all around ACP and cover years of CTA’s interventions.

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