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Sowing innovation, harvesting prosperity: CTA's Strategic Plan 2016-2020


The world does not stand still, and neither does CTA. CTA's Strategic Plan 2016-2020 is a way-station on a road of continuous change that has seen CTA become a results-based organisation closely aligned with the priorities of the ACP countries it serves.

The strategy has been developed with a close eye on the Sustainable Development Goals, many of which it addresses directly. Zero hunger, food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture (Goal 2), poverty (Goal 1) and gender (Goal 5) are at the heart of CTA's activities, which will also create employment, particularly for young people and women (Goal 8), resulting in reduced inequality (Goal 10). With our partners, CTA will help to reduce food waste (Goal 12), build greater climate resilience (Goal 13) and promote sustainable fisheries (Goal 14). Ultimately, CTA through its emphasis on partnership (Goal 17), will contribute to greater sustainability (Goal 15).

Three strategic goals

CTA has set three interrelated strategic goals to contribute to greater food and nutrition security and achieve the greatest impact for its work:

  • Profitable smallholder value chains
  • Conducive agricultural policies
  • Enhanced capacity for knowledge management

Smallholders need profitable value chains; the development of profitable value chains requires supportive agricultural policies, and both are boosted by improved knowledge management.

Key themes

In addition to these strategic goals, CTA has a number of key themes that cut across our work. These include an overarching organising theme of agribusiness development; climate-smart agriculture; nutrition; women and youth.

CTA's Gender, Partnership and Youth Strategies complement CTA's Strategic Plan 2016-2020. The Strategic Plan should therefore be read in conjunction with these.

Regional focus for impact

Key to implementing this Strategy are the regional business plans CTA and its partners formulated on the basis of each of the six ACP regions' agricultural-sector priorities and making best use of the Centre's comparative advantages. Put in place in 2015, each plan identifies key priority areas for CTA interventions that address challenges and realise opportunities specific to that region. These business plans are operationalised through regional flagship projects that further focus CTA's efforts to better identify target clients and opportunities for making an impact. Global flagship projects address cross-cutting topics such as ICTs and knowledge management.

The flagship projects help to improve coordination and team work among various programmes, allowing CTA to fully leverage the power of key stakeholders, including the private sector, and catalyse complementary actions along agricultural value chains, such as those that improve nutritional outcomes. This focus on business development is crucial, giving smallholder farmers the opportunity to escape poverty by becoming the foundation of improved, inclusive value chains.

A milestone on the road to a better future

Building on more than 30 years of experience, this strategy is a milestone on the path to CTA's vision of a future in which smallholder agriculture in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries is a vibrant, modern and sustainable business that creates value for smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs, youth and women, and produces affordable, nutritious and healthy food for all.


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