For CTA, 2015 was a year of renewal. We undertook important steps to realign our programmes and operations to newly defined strategic objectives which will guide our work until 2020. Read CTA's publication "A year in review" to learn more about CTA's and its partners' achievements throughout 2015.
2014 has been a landmark year for smallholder agriculture and CTA alike. It was the United Nation’s International Year of Family Farming and the African Union’s Year of Agriculture and Food Security. It was also CTA’s 30th anniversary. Read CTA's publication "A year in review" to learn more about CTA's and its partners' achievements throughout 2014.
With CTA's 2011–2015 Strategic Plan now fully operational, and our activities closely aligned with those of our partners, we were able to build on our previous achievements and launch a range of new initiatives.
For CTA, 2012 has been another exciting and fruitful year. The process of institutional transformation reached a new milestone with the arrival of seven new professional staff. This has bolstered CTAs capacity in the priority areas of policy, value chain development and knowledge management.
For CTA, 2011 was a year of renewal. Following the approval of the 20112015 strategic plan at the beginning of the year, we undertook important steps to realign our programmes and operations to our strategic objectives.
During my first year as CTAs Director, I have appreciated the enormous opportunities to enhance networking and strengthen partnerships among the institutions tackling food security and sustainable development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
In 2009, we celebrated 25 years of dedication to improving agricultural productivity and rural livelihoods in ACP countries. For the past quarter century agriculture has suffered from underfunding from international organisations - a situation which persists today.
As 2004 drew to a close we could look back on a year of celebration and consolidation. It was a year of celebration because 2004 marked 20 years since CTA became operational, and consolidation because we were able to put in place the last set of pillars upon which the Strategic Plan 2001-2005, drawn up in the context of the Centres revised mandate under the ACP-EC Cotonou Agreement 2000, rests.
With the dawning of 2003, CTA found itself better equipped than it had been for many years to handle the tasks that lay ahead. We had garnered the necessary human resources - filling both skills gaps among staff and subject-matter gaps in some departments - to move forward on a variety of fronts and to accelerate the rate at which we were introducing new approaches to our programmes and projects.