Strategic Goals, Vision, Mission and Values

The ATA’s mandate is articulated in the Ethiopian Council of Ministers Regulations No. 198/2010 and 380/2016, which specify four distinct Strategic Goals for the agency:

  • To identify systemic constraints of agricultural development, through conducting studies, and recommend solutions in order to ensure sustainability and structural transformation
  • To support implementation of recommended solutions
  • To support the establishment of strong linkages among agricultural and related institutions and projects in order to ensure the effectiveness of agricultural development activities
  • To manage and lead the implementation of specific solutions as projects.

In order to effectively operationalize these Strategic Goals, the ATA has defined the following organizational vision and mission, and organizational values which guide our day-to-day operations and how we aim to work.

Vision: By 2025, the ATA supports the transformation of Ethiopia’s smallholder farmers into commercialized actors with greater incomes, inclusiveness, resilience, and sustainability, contributing to Ethiopia’s achievement of middle-income country status.

Mission: To catalyse the transformation of the agriculture sector by addressing system constraints and   developing sustainable value chains.


  • Innovative: We search for and generate transformational ideas and technologies that catalyse change
  • Evidence-Based: Our decisions and actions are driven by data, analysis, evaluation and learning
  • Focused: We work on a limited set of priorities that best use resources, reduce complexity, and maximize impact
  • Collaborative: We closely engage diverse colleagues and partners to decide, act and learn together
  • Impact-driven: We strive to transform the lives of smallholder farmers by understanding and addressing their evolving priorities

Programmatic and Geographic Focus

The ATA’s founding regulations also highlight two primary national approaches the agency is expected to support in order to catalyze overall agricultural transformation. First, the ATA supports partners to identify and address systemic bottlenecks within an Agricultural Transformation Agenda, owned largely by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (MoALR) and its affiliate institutions. Second, the ATA supports integration of solutions to systemic bottlenecks in high-priority commodity value chains and geographies through the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) Initiative, owned mainly by Regional Governments and the Regional Bureaus of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (RBoALRs) in particular.

Since the organization’s establishment, our specific programmatic and geographic areas of focus have continuously evolved based on the strategic priorities of the government. The ATA’s focus areas during final two years of the Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) period are detailed in the ‘Our Approach’ and ‘Our Projects’ sections of our website.