Three decades ago, in the build up to the signing of the Second Lom 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, CTAs 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 Lom Convention).