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


is the median age of the ACP population


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

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Youth entrepreneurship View all in Youth entrepreneurship

CTA at the 2018 AYA forum

Under the theme “Technologies and Innovations for Youth in Agribusiness”, the 2018 African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) and AgriPitch Competition will be held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on 9–13 April 2018. The events, organised by the African Development (AfDB), the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and with CTA’s collaboration, are expected to attract over 400 participants from across the continent, including young agripreneurs, agribusiness leaders, investors and development partners.

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Gender View all in Gender

CTA launches VALUE4HER, to bring women together

Women are key actors in agricultural activities, but hardly benefit from high value businesses in agriculture. Supporting women to get into agribusinesses and to derive more incomes from agri-food markets is a sure way of increasing prosperity for Rural communities.

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An empowered woman means an empowered community

African women adopt smart solutions for climate change

Boutique winery bears fruit for Caribbean agripreneur

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

Women entrepreneurs: key players in ACP agribusiness development