The ATA is a time-bound organization that aims to fulfill its mandate within a 15-20 year lifespan.
Within this time frame, the ATA is expected to sufficiently catalyze transformation, help build capacity in critical areas, and handover ownership of the activities that will bring about sustainable change to other partners. The Agency’s four-phase lifespan was formulated to contribute to the agricultural targets set forth in Ethiopia’s national strategic policies.
PHASE I: GTP I – INCEPTION
During the first phase of the ATA’s engagement, the main objective has been to prove the model of the Transformation Agenda and to deliver some initial results in order to create the momentum for accelerated change. In this phase, the ATA is expected to contribute to agricultural targets in the GTP, including: doubling production of staple crops from 2005 E.C. levels, and growth of value addition by 8%.
PHASE II: GTP II – IMPACT
The second phase will focus on translating the learnings of the inception period into highly impactful interventions, implemented at scale, during GTP II. This phase will place significant focus on supporting the transition of Ethiopia’s agriculture sector from a production oriented approach to one that increasingly integrates market issues.
In addition, aggressive capacity building at the Ministry of Agriculture and other public sector partners will be prioritized. Phase II targets include increasing the production of key commodities with improved links to both domestic and international markets.
PHASE III: GTP III – IMPACT
Building on the successes and learnings from GTPs I & II, the GTP III Impact phase (2021-25) is expected to expand ATA’s support across a wide range of production and market focused deliverables. The primary targets are expected to focus on: increasing the productivity and income of smallholder farmers, to help Ethiopia reach middle income status; and expanding exports of selected commodities to broader markets.
PHASE IV: TRANSITION
By the time the ATA reaches its Transition phase (2026-30), the agriculture sector is expected to be far along in the transformation process. The MoA is also envisioned to have assumed many of the functions currently undertaken by the ATA, with the Agency playing a backstopping role. The ATA’s function will be downscaled to focus on sharing tools and approaches with other parts of the public sector. Broad targets during this final phase may include: reaching productivity levels of Asian and Latin American countries for key commodities; and the reduction of the population living in food poverty to 10% or below.