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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 12:15

e-Debate: Youth sustaining family farming through ICTs

Written by ardyis-project

Background

2014 has been proclaimed as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development.

Since the beginning of agriculture, family farming has been contributing significantly to food and nutrition security globally. Indeed, 70% of global food supply comes from more than 500 million family farms, which are supporting rural employment in many countries (FAO, 2014).

The 9 winners of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) have been announced this evening (17 July 2014)  during the cocktail dinner organised at the International Fin4Ag Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:33

New technologies and young talent

Written by ardyis-project



Young people in ACP countries are seldom attracted into agriculture. In organising its first ‘hackathon’, CTA offered young graduate computer programming development enthusiasts an opportunity to flaunt their talents and discover potential openings in the agricultural sector.

Background

In 2011, the International Communication Union (ITU) launched the “Girls and ICT Day” to celebrate girls’ interests and strengths in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and to encourage them to choose a career in this area. Since then, it is being celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April, through different events organised globally. In this context and in the framework of its ARDYIS project, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the African Youth Foundation (AYF) is organising an e-debate on Enhancing Young Women engagement in ICT and Agriculture.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA), is organising its 2014 International Conference on Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains, “Fin4Ag” from 14-18 July 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) is organising its ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) conference in Kigali, Rwanda from 4-8 November 2013. This conference will examine ways that ICTs are truly empowering producers and consumers along entire value chains. It will showcase the exciting possibilities and incredible developments taking place in this area.  The conference will have an international focus and will attract a broad range of stakeholders. About 400 delegates are expected to attend the event: farmers and community organizations, development practitioners and academia, entrepreneurs, developers, telecom operators, technology hubs, information specialists, policy makers, researchers, etc.

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) announced the call for entries for the 2014 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). The prestigious Prize aims at encouraging innovations that contribute to sustainable development in Africa. The winning submission will be awarded a prize of USD 100,000, with two additional USD 25,000, one for the runner up with an innovation with the best business potential and the other one for the runner up with the innovation with the best social impact.

The CTA/UNITAR/FAO online tutored course entitled: "Innovative Collaboration for Development" on the use of Web. 2.0 tools for development will take place from 4 March to 3 May 2013  (in English and French).

A course to empower development professionals to use social media tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their work.

CTA Youth strategy workshop About 25 young professionals, youth champions from ACP countries and partners from international organizations working on Youth in Agriculture and Rural Development were brought together by the CTA from 14th to 16th November 2012 in Wageningen, The Netherlands, to participate in its Strategic Youth Stakeholder Workshop.

The first part of the workshop consisted of different panels, whereby the objective was to learn from the partners.  To open the day, CTA presented key elements of its 2011-2015 Strategic Plan.

From 14 - 16 November 2012, CTA welcomes some 25 youth champions and experts from around the ACP region to a Strategic Youth Stakeholder Workshop held in the Netherlands.

Youth has been an important area of focus for CTA. Aware of the key role young people should play, CTA has undertaken many activities over the years to ensure that youth are more involved in agriculture. In its 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, CTA reaffirmed its commitment to young people once more by ensuring that they are fully included in programmes, partnership agreements, agriculture value chain, rural development and policy decisions.

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Focus

ICT and Youth in Agriculture in Africa (Report)