The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) confirms closure by end of 2020.
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Knowledge management


Visit of the Syngenta Foundation, CTA, AfricaRice in the rural community of Katibougou with Mr. SIDIBE Amadou and his team to see the evolution of the products cultivated following the financing of the partners


CTA has accumulated almost four decades’ worth of institutional knowledge on the challenges, context and opportunities that exist for smallholder farmers, which has allowed for the development of training and capacity-building processes.


Over 37 years, CTA has developed its own learning and training processes to capitalize on the knowledge and expertise it has produced, ranging from technical information to surveys and datasets. CTA has delivered workshops and produced facilitators’ guides to ensure knowledge and information is shared as broadly as possible so that the maximum number of people benefit.


CTA has shared knowledge and information with an estimated two million people each year across 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, including 200 universities and research centres. This has included a database subscription service for CD-ROMs, an online community of practice reaching 500 people and 200 publications for farmers and extension workers.


CTA’s knowledge management products, including web-based surveys and training materials, have been handed over to the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). These resources will be used by African institutions to assess the state of institutional knowledge management and design appropriate responses to their needs.

Continuing CTA's legacy

On the announcement of its closure, CTA received requests from several organisations to continue its activities. In accordance with a legacy plan approved by its Executive Board, CTA transferred a number of its assets to its key strategic partners. These organisations showed committed leadership, engaged partners and strong institutional and financial support to build on the legacy assets and continue the programmes.

Assets transferred to Strategic Partners