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.

Busani Bafana



Contributing Writer for IPS Inter Press Service since 2008 with a focus on development stories told from the ordinary person's perspective. From 2005 to 2010 he was the Information Officer of the National University of Science and Technology, University of Zimbabwe. Busani graduated in 2003 as Bachelor English and Communication Studies Field Of Study English and Communication Studies from the University of Zimbabwe.


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For over 34 years, CTA’s flagship magazine, Spore, has offered guidance to smallholder farmers across the ACP, enabling greater productivity and income generation. As a tool contributing to sustainable agricultural transformation, its influence has been widely felt and is well recognised. In this final Trends article, as Spore comes to an end, we review its legacy and how the magazine has evolved from a short technical bulletin to a comprehensive online and print magazine.