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The ATA and the Transformation Agenda concept grew out of a two-year extensive diagnostic study of Ethiopia’s agriculture sector, led by the Ministry of Agriculture and facilitated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The study examined how Ethiopia could replicate the agricultural transformation seen in many Asian countries during their first phase of development.
The ATA was not created to replace existing agricultural actors and interventions, but rather to enhance the capacity of key stakeholders to achieve agricultural transformation. In particular, the Agency strives to: Introduce new technologies and approaches that can address systemic bottlenecks & catalyze transformation of the sector as well as play a catalytic role to support partners to effectively execute agreed upon solutions (many of which may not be new) in a coordinated manner
By consulting international case studies and leveraging best practices, the study proposed a prioritization process (such as the Transformation Agenda) to identify and resolve systemic bottlenecks in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector. It also identified the need to establish a dedicated organization (the ATA) to help catalyze and drive the process forward by supporting all key stakeholders in the sector. During the past four years, the ATA has continued to refine and contextualize the Asian approach of developing and implementing a “Transformation Agenda” to the practical realities of Ethiopia’s current agricultural system.