The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.
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Ensuring an orderly closure

CTA 1983-2020

For more than 35 years CTA has promoted agricultural innovation to improve incomes, productivity and food security for smallholder farmers and their communities – across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. By the end of 2020 CTA will cease its operations, but the momentum of our work will continue and we are proud of the legacy we leave behind. On this page you will find all relevant information about CTA’s closure.

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CTA Press releases

CTA and coronavirus

Wednesday, March 18, Wageningen, NETHERLANDS – The worldwide spread of the coronavirus is impacting on all our lives, wherever we live. CTA is taking steps to minimise the impact of this on the Centre’s staff and partners, while our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the disease (COVID-19) and its consequences.

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.

EU-funded agricultural development institution CTA confirms closure by end of 2020

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has provided information, capacity building and practical support to almost 80 countries over the past 35 years.

CTA blogs and impact stories

“CTA have been scanning the horizon and introducing the future to the farmers of today”

Theo de Jager is President of the World Farmers’ Organisation, which represents more than 1.5 billion farmers across the globe. Here, he speaks on what he learned from his experiences with CTA over 10 years, and the secret to the organisation’s success.

“CTA is like a good farmer who knows they cannot cultivate yield from a big field alone”

Wellington Ekaya, head of capacity development at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), has engaged with CTA throughout his academic and professional career. In this article, he outlines the instrumental role of the Centre in linking him with networks, mentors and development opportunities over the last 15 years.

Building partnerships for agricultural transformation

After nearly 10 years as CTA Director, Michael Hailu’s mandate at the Centre will conclude at the end of February 2020. We spoke with him about how CTA has contributed to the advancement of agricultural transformation in ACP countries over the last decade, and how this important work will be continued in the future.

Download our open letter to all our partners and stakeholders

As you are no doubt aware, the Cotonou Agreement between the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), which provided the legal and financial framework under which CTA operates, comes to an end at the end of this year. Consequently, CTA will be closing on 31st December 2020.

Download the open letter to our partners and stakeholders


Over 35 years, CTA has been at the forefront of providing agricultural information and capacity strengthening to a diverse range of ACP individuals and organisations. Promoting innovation, empowering women and youth and driving digitalisation in agriculture have also been a key part of the Centre’s focus.

Our staff preparing the closing of CTA

CTA’s organisation chart as per 1 May 2020