Support for policy and strategic development, Rwanda


Youth employment is a pressing challenge throughout Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Around 100 million young people will enter the workforce in Africa alone over the next 10 years. The majority will find work in agriculture where capitalising on the potential for sustainable and productive development is critical.

Our approach

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) promotes youth entrepreneurship and employment through access to business development services and Information and communication technologies (ICT) solutions. We do this by targeting young entrepreneurs and the institutions that support them to leverage access to finance and markets; showcase best practices and innovative business models; and create pathways to the creation of job opportunities in established agribusinesses.

Building on a strong track record in youth and ICT and a wide network of partners CTA works directly through incubators and established business development service providers, agricultural organisations, NGOs, business associations, agribusiness and ICT firms.

Impact stories

Green shoots for the future


young ICT entrepreneurs supported in 2017


new jobs to be created by 2020


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euros invested in young ICT start-ups involved in CTA’s AgriHack in 2016

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e-Agribusiness: A vital resource for Togo’s agriculture sector

Back in March 2015, Togolese entrepreneur Edeh Dona Etchri launched the e-Agribusiness platform to connect people and organisations across the country’s agriculture sector. It has proved a vital source of information for otherwise isolated farmers and is helping to grow the sector nationwide. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) worked with the founder to help him expand and market his business. Today, there are around 6,000 farmers across Togo using the platform.

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Lovin Kobusingye, the accidental entrepreneur

Sharing actionable knowledge helps to turn ideas into reality. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has seen powerful returns from bringing together young entrepreneurial thinkers and doers from all over Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Panel highlights pathways to improve women’s access to ICT in agriculture

Engaging women in ICT solutions for agriculture

CTA launches VALUE4HER, to bring women together

Employment View all in Employment

Innovations in rice value chains offer increased job opportunities for rural youth

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), together with the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, has launched a new project that will foster youth entrepreneurship, strengthen market ties, and enhance livelihoods in the rice sectors of Mali and Senegal.

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Growing African agribusiness through peer learning

Investing in job creation for young people in Africa

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