The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) confirms closure by end of 2020.

New CTA director gets to work

Dr. Ibrahim Khadar, a long-serving senior manager, assumes the directorship of CTA following the departure of Michael Hailu.

TUESDAY, 10 MARCH, Wageningen, NETHERLANDS – The new director of CTA, Dr. Ibrahim Khadar, has begun his tenure after his predecessor Michael Hailu came to the end of his term at the helm.

Dr. Khadar, from Sierra Leone, has served CTA since 1992, beginning his career with the institution as a program coordinator.

His appointment was confirmed at the end of February by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-EU Committee of Ambassadors.

“Under Michael’s directorship, CTA has made significant contributions to smallholder agriculture across the ACP region, and he leaves behind a strong legacy of impressive results,” Dr. Khadar said.

“My task now is to ensure that this legacy is lasting and that the important work of CTA can be a catalyst for further development. I also have the very critical challenge of ensuring that staff remain highly motivated during the orderly closure of the centre over the next ten months”

Dr. Khadar, who earned his PhD at the University of Montpellier, has an academic background in economics, agricultural economics and development practice. During his time with CTA, he has undertaken executive training in strategic thinking and leadership with Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and Harvard Kennedy School.

CTA will formally come to an end in December 2020 after the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and ACP group of states, which provided the legal and financial framework for CTA, expires.

“CTA and all its staff are proud to have driven the agenda on a number of topics related to rural and agricultural development and have facilitated exchange and learning,” Dr. Khadar added.

“Our priority for the remaining months is to ensure an orderly closure and support our partners to ensure their work can continue. We will be working closely with the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat.”


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About CTA

CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU. CTA works to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture.

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