CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.



CTA’s activities contribute directly toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with specific focus on:

  • 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 5 Gender equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • Goal 8 Decent work and economic growth: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
  • Goal 13 Climate action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.


CTA targets three areas of intervention

  • Youth: CTA promotes youth entrepreneurship, job creation and enterprise development through access to business development services and ICT solutions
  • Digitalisation: CTA strives to increase the productivity and profitability of value chains through innovations in information and communications technology
  • Climate : CTA works to strengthen smallholder farmers’ resilience to climate change by promoting climate-smart agricultural practices


CTA’s headquarters are located in Wageningen, the Netherlands. An additional branch is located in Brussels, Belgium. CTA is primarily funded by the European Development Fund but receives additionally funding through a diverse set of international partners. CTA is active in 79 ACP countries.