2014 has been a landmark year for smallholder agriculture and CTA alike. It was the United Nation’s International Year of Family Farming and the African Union’s Year of Agriculture and Food Security. It was also CTA’s 30th anniversary. Read CTA's publication "A year in review" to learn more about CTA's and its partners' achievements throughout 2014.
CTA played a proactive role in focusing global attention on issues related to smallholder farmers, including food and nutritional security, resilience to climate change and the transformation of small-scale farming into a viable business.
The Centre organised a number of activities around the International Year of Family Farming. Our website documented success stories from ACP countries, providing an insight into the impact of our work and that of our partners, on the lives and welfare of small-scale farmers. Two CTA magazines, Spore and ICT4Ag, published special issues on family farming. To coincide with our 30th anniversary, we published Stories of Change, which provides an insight into CTA’s interventions with our many partners over the past decade and the difference this is making for our beneficiaries.
We also co-organised one of the most successful annual conferences in recent years. Held in Nairobi, Kenya, the conference – Fin4Ag: Revolutionising Finance for Agri-Value Chains – was the largest ever held on the subject, attracting 807 participants from 81 countries. The conference brought together a distinguished cross-section of agriculture and finance ministers, central bank governors, agricultural experts, farmers and representatives from the private sector. It stimulated debates that continue to resonate on the international public policy agenda.
CTA worked closely with the European Commission, FAO and the World Bank Group to develop a Framework for Joint Action on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture. This was launched at a side event during the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in November in Rome.
During 2014, we prepared Regional Business Plans for each of the six African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions where we work to shape our activities over the coming years. The plans, which will be implemented in tandem with our new partnership strategy, identify region-specific issues for CTA’s intervention. They will help us to realign our work to match the priorities of our regional partners, mobilise additional resources and ensure that we have an even greater impact on the ground.
Michael Hailu, CTA Director