CTA's goal is to contribute to enhanced agricultural and rural development policies and inclusive value chains that promote food and nutrition security, prosperity and sustainable management of natural resources across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).
Although the Centre will continue to focus on its three strategic priorities – policies, value chains and knowledge management, in addition to youth and women's empowerment – how it approaches achieving these goals will change slightly.
From 2015, CTA will adopt a regional focus, with the introduction of regional business plans (RBP) tailored to the particular needs of the six ACP regions: West Africa, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Caribbean and Pacific. These support regional efforts to increase agricultural productivity, build efficient agricultural value chains and markets and promote climate-smart agriculture. While these challenges are common to all ACP regions, they need to be addressed according to each region's particular constraints and opportunities.
"While many of the issues confronting agriculture are similar across regions, and will continue to be the focus of the Centre's all-ACP flagship programmes, there are also significant differences between regions," said CTA Director Michael Hailu. "To address these differences, CTA is organising much of its work programme through three-year revolving RBPs for each of the six ACP regions. This focuses the Centre's operations on region-specific priorities and will help deliver targeted outcomes."
The RBPs have been developed in close consultation with CTA's partners and focus on key priority intervention areas. The regional business plan approach is expected to catalyse complementary actions along agricultural value chains and enable CTA to increase leverage of the private sector, a powerful ally in agricultural and rural development whose full potential has yet to be tapped.
Critical cross-cutting issues such as gender and youth will continue to be mainstreamed in all CTA activities. Each plan will serve as a common framework to build on synergies and facilitate economies of scale among CTA programmes and between implementing partners. And each RBP will be backed by a robust knowledge management and communication plan, making full use of ICTs to drive programme implementation.
Feedback, including results of external reviews and impact studies, has played a central role in guiding CTA as it sets out on its new pathway. The Centre is confident that adopting this approach will help to ensure that its work is even more closely aligned to the needs of its beneficiaries and partners.
To learn more about CTA's new regional business plans, download our booklet Expanding Horizons in English.
The French version of this booklet is also available for download.