The ATA is a strategy and delivery oriented government agency created to help accelerate the growth and transformation of Ethiopia’s agriculture sector. The Agency’s mandate is focused solely on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers across the country.

Origin & History      Mandate      Governance

The ATA’s Lifespan

The Agricultural Transformation Agenda is a mechanism created by the Government of Ethiopia to address a prioritized set of systemic bottlenecks constraining the achievement of national agricultural targets.

Intro & Overview      GTP II TA      Governance 

Performance during GTP I
Performance during GTP I


Crop &

Natural Resource

Improving the performance in high-priority crops, livestock and commodities with potential to impact food security and increase smallholder incomes. Read more

Agribusiness &


Strengthening links between smallholder farmer production and high-value domestic and international markets, with a focus on processing and value addition. Read more



Enhancing the resilience of the agriculture sector to ensure that all Ethiopian smallholders benefit from transformation. Read more


The Livestock pillar is new to the Transformation Agenda, and encompasses the four areas believed to be critical for the sector’s development at this stage. These are: Livestock Genetic Improvement, Livestock Feed & Feeding, Livestock Health, and Livestock Markets. Read more

The Agriculture Component of GTP I

With the twin goals of poverty reduction and eliminating the country’s dependence on food aid in mind, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has designed and implemented a number of development strategies over the last few decades. Among these are the Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction Program (2000/01 – 2004/05), and the Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to End Poverty (2005/06 – 2009/10). Building on the experiences of these strategies, the first Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) was formulated for the years 2010/11 to 2014/15, with a set of clear agricultural objectives and targets.

Background & Targets     Outcomes & Progress

The Agriculture Component in GTP II

GTP I focused on accelerating growth in production of traditional crops. It has done so by promoting the adoption of improved technologies by smallholder farmers, and by increasing investment in rural infrastructure, particularly for irrigation and improved watershed management. It also emphasized the need to ensure food security across all sections of Ethiopian society. During GTP II, while accelerated growth in agricultural productivity continues to be an important area of focus, a gradual shift in emphasis towards high-value crops and livestock production with enhanced focus on market access is being envisaged.

Overview      Area of Focus

Agricultural Commercialization Clusters

Geographically focused approaches (also known as economic corridors or clusters) have been successfully used in Asian, Latin American, and African countries to drive agricultural transformation and rural industrialization. The approach calls for a strengthened value-chain method consisting of localized, adjoining groups of districts (known as Woredas) grouped (or clustered) to focus on agricultural production and commercialization. Based on this, in the past, Ethiopia had already launched geographically based initiatives that aimed to integrate and link interventions within the agriculture sector to broader economic plans. Such initiatives, for example the Economic Growth Corridor program, had strong conceptual groundings, but faced challenges in implementation.

Overview      Focus Areas

Performance Management of the Transformation Agenda in GTP II

Performance monitoring and management of Transformation Agenda deliverables during GTP II will build on systems and processes established during GTP I.Robust weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reporting and evidence based status tracking at the activity and output levels will provide strong forward visibility to proactively identify and remedy issues. These reports will often require data collection from local and federal level administrative bodies.