This project is run by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, CTA, as part of its Knowledge Management portfolio of activities, together with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, IICA.
CTA is an organization set up jointly by the European Union and the 79 member states of the ACP Secretariat. Its work follows the Cotonou Agreement, and it reports through the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat to a joint Committee of Ambassadors. CTA has an annual budget of around 17 million euros and has, so far, received funds principally from the EU. Its five-year Strategic Plan (for 2010-2015) identifies three strategic goals which contribute to its mission of food security, prosperity and sound natural resources management: (a) Support well informed, inclusive agricultural policies and strategies in ACP regions; (b) Promote smallholder agricultural value chains; and (c) Strengthen the information, communication and knowledge management capacities of ACP institutions and networks.
FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, present in over 130 countries, with activities that comprise five main areas: (i) Putting information within reach and supporting the transition to sustainable agriculture, (ii) Strengthening political will and sharing policy expertise, (iii) Bolstering public-private collaboration to improve smallholder agriculture, (iv) Bringing knowledge to the field, and (v) supporting countries to prevent and mitigate risks. FAO promotes the learning of lessons and the identification of good practices across its Strategic Objectives (such as the elimination of hunger or the reduction of rural poverty); its knowledge management efforts fall under the Office of Partnership, Advocacy and Capacity Development (OPC). During the past ten years, FAO has been facilitating and hosting the IMARK platform for e-learning materials. In addition, FAO operates its own e-learning platform for capacity development on Food and Nutrition security and other issues related to agricultural development.
IICA has been working towards a competitive, inclusive and sustainable agriculture for more than 70 years, while at the same time generating opportunities to reduce hunger and poverty among farmers and rural dwellers. Four strategic objectives orient the work of IICA: to improve productivity and competitiveness of agriculture; to strengthen agriculture’s contribution to the development of rural areas and the well-being of the rural population; to improve agriculture’s capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change and make better use of natural resources; and to improve agriculture’s contribution to food security. In order to achieve these objectives IICA has a series of outputs and services related to capacity development, creation of synergies, use of information, promotion of networks, and research. IICA is part of global or multinational initiatives like IMARK, produces around 50 publications yearly, and leads different information initiatives like the SIDALC Alliance and Agriprofiles.
This project is supported financially by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD.