For CTA, 2012 has been another exciting and fruitful year. The process of institutional transformation reached a new milestone with the arrival of seven new professional staff. This has bolstered CTAs capacity in the priority areas of policy, value chain development and knowledge management.
We have also strengthened our partnerships with key institutions at the regional and continental levels and launched a range of projects which will contribute to agricultural and rural development in ACP countries.
One of the highlights of the year was a major international conference on value chain development organised in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa and 18 other organisations. Held in Addis Ababa, this attracted over 500 people, many from the private sector. The conference offered an excellent opportunity to share lessons, create awareness and forge new partnerships. In the coming years, CTA will strengthen its collaboration with the private sector and explore opportunities to catalyze linkages with a wider range of stakeholders, to advance the interests of smallholder farmers.
During the course of the year, we signed Memorandums of Understanding with the African Union, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), as well as a number of other organisations and networks. We also began to place a stronger emphasis on collaborating with regional organisations, such as those representing farmers groups.
In 2012, we took measures to improve the accessibility of CTAs vast store of information and knowledge by revamping our corporate website and enhancing our publications portal. With these and other changes, CTA will be able to do more to improve the livelihoods and welfare of smallholder farmers in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Michael Hailu, Director CTA