For CTA, 2011 was a year of renewal. Following the approval of the 20112015 strategic plan at the beginning of the year, we undertook important steps to realign our programmes and operations to our strategic objectives.
We reduced the number of programmes from twelve to two, established a new monitoring and evaluation unit, and began recruiting staff to put our results-oriented strategy into action.
We are now placing a much stronger emphasis on creating strategic partnerships with regional policymaking organisations, farmers groups and others who work for the benefit of rural communities in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries. To give just one example, we have sought to align our operations more closely with those of the New Partnership for Africas Development (NEPAD) and the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme that NEPAD coordinates.
We have also become more proactive at leveraging our limited resources. For example, we organised the largest-ever conference on agricultural extension, held in Nairobi in November in collaboration with almost 20 other organisations.
By establishing partnerships such as these both globally and locally we are now in a better position to achieve our strategic objectives of advancing agricultural policies and strategies, strengthening smallholder value chains and building the knowledge management capacities of ACP institutions and networks.
Michael Hailu, CTA Director