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

Enhancing Development through Cooperatives




Enhancing Development through Cooperatives (EDC) is a network of young African consultants led by CTA, which strives to build the "managerial capital" of agricultural cooperatives throughout Africa.


Enhancing Development through Cooperatives (EDC) offers training events and consulting services to the leaders and managers of these cooperatives, in order to promote and facilitate the integration of African farmers in (inter)national value chains.

By doing so, EDC aims to contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Goal 1. No poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  • Goal 2. Zero hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Goal 8. Decent work and economic growth: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
  • Goal 10. Reduced inequalities.
  • Goal 12. Responsible consumption and production.


The EDC network is supported by OCDC, Oxfam, CIAT, IFC, GIZ, FAO, NCBA-CLUSA, and Land O'Lakes International, and accredited by the AMEA global alliance, in order to enable:

  • Organisational change for transforming traditional and community-based cooperatives into a new generation of cooperative enterprises.
  • Business development through the creation of long-term value for cooperatives, from buyers, investors, donors and governments.
  • Digitalisation through the collection and analysis of data on cooperatives' membership, services, management and finance.


The EDC initiative offers support to international organisations, governments, donors, NGOs, farmer organisations, investors and service providers in promoting the development of commercially viable, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable cooperative agribusiness, through:

  • Outreach – training events and consulting services cooperative leaders and managers.
  • Research – to design, evaluate and keep improving training and consulting tools.
  • Networking – to foster employment and entrepreneurship among young African consultants. 


  • Since 2013, 600 leaders and managers of agricultural cooperatives have been trained over 6 countries - Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda. In 2018, CLEs will also be held in in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Malawi.
  • Management consulting services have been provided to 23 agricultural cooperatives in Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Malawi, Senegal and Tanzania.
  • Data on 1,200 agricultural cooperatives has been collected from 10 African counties and used to produce impact evaluations to guide and support cooperative development efforts in Africa.