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									The Operational Mandate for the
Technical Centre for Agricultural
 and Rural Cooperation (CTA)




                        André Vugayabagabo
          Senior Programme Coordinator, CTA
       CTA MANDATE
Mission: Cotonou Agreement. (June 2000)
          Article 3 of Annex III

   To strengthen policy and institutional
capacity development and information and
 communication management capacities of
 ACP agricultural and rural development
               organisations
CORE CONCERNS

The core concern of the agreement itself, is the
reduction of poverty in the ACP countries,
particularly through programmes that promote
food security.

Reference is also made to managing natural
resources and improving regional integration.


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The centre has interpreted its mandate
as being to support agricultural and
rural development of ACP countries
through information and
communication programmes.



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OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVES
In this context the centre is pursuing two
  broad objectives, to:
  Improve the availability of and
  accessibility to adequate, accurate, timely
  and well targeted information, and
  Improve information and communication
  management capacity of ACP agricultural
  and rural development organisations

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PROGRAMME AREAS

Information Products and Services

Communication Channels and Services

Information and communication management
skills and systems

Planning and Corporate services


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Information Products and
Services (IPS)
       Specific Objectives
 To increase the availability of different
 types of information
 To improve the awareness of information
 services and products dealing with
 agricultural and rural development



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Strategies

  Greater use of ICTs for publishing and
  dissemination
  Greater involvement of ACP authors
  Publications dealing with policies and
  decision-making
  Strenthening of ACP information services
  Development of additional partnerships with
  local ACP distribution agents
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Programme Components

Print publishing
Electronic publishing and development of ICT
based information products
Distribution of publications in print and
electronic format
Decentralisation of CTA’s information services



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Expected Outputs

 Print format publishing
6 issues of Spore/Esporo (F, E & P)
Institutional publications: CTA Annual
Report publications catalogue, summary
reports and proceedings of seminars
Support to the publication of 50 new titles a
year

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Expected Outputs
 Electronic publishing and development of
 ICT based information products
 Rural radio resource packs (5)
 Activities and projects on ICT based
 information services
 Electronic publication



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Expected Outputs
          Distribution in print and
           electronic formats
 At least 35 000 subscribers
 75 000 publications in print format (PDS,
 DORA)
 Publication of a new catalogue


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Expected Outputs
          Strengthening of ACP
           Information Services
 26 national and 6 regional QAS nodes
 operational

 74 organisations receiving data bases (53
 CD-ROM, 21 Internet Subscriptions)

 About 2000 SDI profiles for 4000 researchers
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Communication Channels and
Services
          Specific objectives

 To support the integrated use of
 communication channels
  To intensify contacts and information
 exchange



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Strategies

  Integrated approach to the support to regional
  organisations networks
  Electronic discussion fora
  Electronic information gateways on trade,
  policy and ICTs
  Support to seminars consistent with CTA’s
  priority information themes


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Programme Components

 Support to regional organisations and
 networks
 ICT based dialogue and information
 exchange
 Location-based seminars and study visits



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Expected Outputs

  Improved exchange of information at regional
  level and between ACP regions
   Better access to and use of information and
  knowledge
  Increased capacity of regional organisations
  and networks to manage information and
  communication

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Expected outputs
 Increased use of electronic networking
 Improved effectiveness of conventional
 communication channels
 More effective integration of conventional
 and electronic media




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ICM Skills and Systems (ISS)
          Specific Objectives
To increase the capacity of ACP countries to
acquire and manage agricultural information
To increase the capacity of ACP countries to
formulate and develop their own ICM strategies
and systems
Strenthening the capacityof ACP countries in the
implementation of S&T strategies that are relevant
to agricultural sector


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Strategies


 New ICM training courses in market
 information systems and information support
 to policy makers
 Increased emphasis on training
 representatives from non-governmental sector
 Establishment of a virtual library of training
 resources


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Strategies cont’d
 Development of follow-up activities with
 past trainees
 Exchange of experience of ICM support
 given to local and national partners
 Integration of the training programme with
 other means of support given by CTA to
 local, national and regional ICM systems


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Expected Outputs

Training in ICM skills and systems: CTA courses
Training in ICM skills and systems: non - CTA
courses
Integrated ICM support to CTA’s local and national
partner organisations
New teaching materials for conventional training
courses
Availability of teaching resource material through
virtual library
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Expected Outputs

 Integrated ICM support to CTA’s local
   and national partner organisations
Increased number of local and national
organisations in ACP countries capable of
generating and managing agricultural
information
Increased number of local and national
organisations in ACP countries able to
develop ICM strategies
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Planning and Corporate Services
(P & CS)
 Specific Objectives
 To improve the quality and volume of information
 used in formulating, implementing and monitoring
 CTA’s projects
 To develop cost-effective methods for assessing
 the performance and impact of information
 products and services


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Strategies
Greater collaboration with specialist
institutions involved in agricultural research
and development
Development of appropriate approaches for
monitoring, evaluation and planning CTA’s
projects and programmes
 Systematic management of external expertise
and services




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Programme Components

 Research on cross-cutting issues: gender
 Development of impact assessment methods
 (ICM)
 CTA programme planning, monitoring and
 evaluation
  Internal IT networks


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Expected Outputs

 CTA Programme Planning,
  Monitoring and Evaluation
 Information on the performance of projects and
 services managed or supported by CTA
 Recommendations and guidelines for improving
 future performance
  Indicators for programme monitoring


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