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.
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Leveraging CTA’s innovation experiences to inform next generation ACP agriculture


Knowledge management

Drawn from their extensive experience in implementing innovative agricultural approaches across ACP countries, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and their partners possess diverse expertise in agriculture and rural development. In particular, the strengths of the organisation include digitalisation, agribusiness, youth entrepreneurship, climate-smart agriculture and gender equality.


The aim of this project is to document the key insights and lessons from different CTA initiatives geared towards enhancing ACP agriculture for the next generation. Information pinpointing what works, why and for whom in each of the Centre's strategic intervention areas will be recorded. Starting with experiences of the project partners, the project intends to identify and synthesise ‘actionable’ knowledge and recommendations that can be widely applied.


The main activity of the project is a series of focused workshops in which participants discuss and assess the project lessons, document their insights and produce materials that can be refined for circulation and wider use. The information produced from these workshops are purposed into policy and technical briefs, impact stories, articles or video reports and shared widely on social and mainstream channels.


The workshops are organised around four strategic intervention areas critical for ACP agriculture and rural development:

  1. Enhancing next-generation ACP agribusiness through digitalisation, 16-19 October 2018
  2. Facilitating next-generation ACP agriculture through youth entrepreneurship and job creation, 6-9 November 2018
  3. Making next-generation ACP agriculture work for women, 4-7 December 2018
  4. Implementing climate-smart solutions for next-generation ACP agriculture, 22-25 January 2019

Each workshop is designed to deliver insights from across the various projects and organisations involved in order to stimulate significant lessons and replicable recommendations. This approach builds on the current CTA experience capitalisation model that has been developed and tested with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and other partners.


The project delivers and disseminates a series of practice-based knowledge products that informs and guides development practitioners on how CTA projects are designed and implemented.

Featured event

Jan 22

Catalysing actionable knowledge to implement climate-smart solutions for next-generation ACP agriculture

To culminate the "experience capitalisation" activity, the final series of experience capitalisation workshop focuses on delivering proven climate-smart agriculture solutions through market-led delivery mechanisms and ICT services that build the resilience of smallholder farmers to climate change.

Wageningen, Netherlands

Project outputs

Overcoming challenges to deliver agricultural weather-index insurance

Challenges and opportunities in agriculture for African youth

Breaking barriers of access to land for women

Making agriculture attractive to young people