Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 June 2010

Spore, the CTA magazine for agricultural and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gets a new look.





Spore, the CTA magazine for agricultural and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gets a new look.



BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, June 29, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The magazine continues to play a leading role in the area of specialized information.

Agriculture is changing and so is Spore. The magazine — the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA)’s flagship in its mission to support ACP countries — is one of the few information products that still reach readers in places where roads are difficult to pass and there is no newspaper store. The new version has even more variety, and is as rich as ever!


Every 2 months, it brings the reader 28 pages packed with useful information about ACP agriculture and rural development. From issue 148 onwards, an editorial will help to interpret the news. There are several new columns, including « Livestock», «Trade» and «Environment», right down to «Business», which present entrepreneurial success stories and sources of inspiration for tomorrow’s business models.


Spore was already a familiar sight in ministers’ offices, but it sometimes lacked that bold touch. In each issue, CTA’s news team will put a distinguished guest in the hot seat. This searching interview sets the tone. But the magazine does not forget the importance of facts and knowledge sharing. The centre-page dossier explores major current issues, while also taking the reader, in its field reports, to meet some of the people involved in agriculture, and those who shape the rural world. Last but not least, the readers’ opinion is important. Their letters will now be published in each issue. To make the magazine easier on the eye, Spore is increasing the number of images and the space given over to photographs and introducing a lighter, clearer layout.


About the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)


At CTA, our goal is to improve rural livelihoods and advance agricultural knowledge and skills in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. With the help of our extensive network of partners, we reach out to all those in agriculture and rural development. Together we produce, distribute and exchange essential knowledge and information. Whether it is books, magazines and multimedia resources, or the opportunity to build capacity, sharing know-how and experiences in workshops and seminars, CTA provides tools for a more sustainable future.


The Centre was established in 1983 under the Lomé Convention between the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) Group of States and the European Union Member States. Since 2000, it has operated within the framework of the ACP-EC Cotonou Agreement. For more information on the CTA visit,



Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)


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