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Goodluck is a 35 year old progressive farmer. He starts his day early checking his smartphone for the latest news on the weather, the crops he grows and on any policy developments that may concern his business and the cooperative he is a member of.

Sunday, 24 February 2013 09:11

The Web2.0 and Social Media big bang

Since CTA held its first Web2.0 training event in Nairobi, Kenya in 2009, demand has simply exploded. Between 2009 and 2012, 1,684 people from around the ACP regions were trained. In 2012 alone, 695 people from 32 countries took part in 31 learning events, branded as “Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunities”, two of which were offered online through a partnership with UNITAR and FAO. This represents a 509% increase in participation on 2009!

CTA’s web2.0 training programme has sparked enormous interest across ACP countries. Organisations and individuals have shown themselves hungry to learn about social tools and platforms which can support their collaborative work, and how social media can be adapted to their particular contexts and needs. But which groups are the most enthusiastic adopters of web2.0 tools, and what impact does that adoption have, in terms of personal development, institutional changes, and new opportunities for beneficiaries in the context of development?

Friday, 11 January 2013 11:04

1st Annual Africa Youth Assembly

Up to 200 people from Africa are being recruited to participate in the first Annual Africa Youth Assembly. The goal is to ensure that at least two young people from every African country are represented at this event, all with direct experience in youth-led development, so their valuable perspectives and realities provide a new paradigm for Africa’s development.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:58

UNDDD launches the Youth4Land media campaign!

Young people around the world have taken on the initiative to speak on behalf of the land and soil. Launching the campaign titled, “going land-degradation neutral,” in Bonn, Germany, at the annual conference of the Bonn International Model United Nations (BIMUN/SINUB) on 13th December. Mr. Julian Nelting, Secretary-General of BIMUN called on his fellow youth to take on the fight against desertification.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

CTA's mission is to advance food and nutrition security, increase prosperity and sound natural resource management. We do this by providing access to information and knowledge, facilitating policy dialogue and strengthening the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities in ACP countries.

CTA now has an exciting opportunity for a young marketing professional!

COP18 for Dummies

COP18 is the 18th edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They meet annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change.

There are now 195 parties to the convention taking part in climate change negotiations. All parties to the UNFCCC are represented at the COP. During the conference, they review the implementation of the convention and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts. They furthermore take decisions to promote the effective implementation of the convention.

FANRPAN, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) and the FANRPAN Tanzania Node Hosting Institution, is convening the 2012 FANRPAN Annual High Level Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania 03 – 07 September 2012. The theme for the policy dialogue is "From Policy to Practice: Advocating for the Active Engagement of Youth in Agriculture Value Chains."

The 3rd edition Africa-Wide Women and Young Professionals in Science Competitions received an overwhelming number of abstracts which covered a cross section of thematic issues. A total of extended 316 abstracts were received for both competitions; 131 for the Women in Science Competition and 185 for the Young professionals in Science Competition respectively.

By Nabil Moolna

Nawsheen Hosenally, 1st prize of the YoBloCo Awards, individual category

Premier prix des « YoBloCo Awards », la jeune blogueuse plaide pour que la jeunesse se réconcilie avec l’agriculture.

«C’est un grand honneur pour moi d’avoir été choisie  parmi les 69 participants au concours individuel. » C’est à Johannesburg que Nawsheen Hosenally a récupéré son prix le mois dernier. Le Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo), organisé par le Centre Technique de coopération agricole et rurale (CTA), récompense les meilleurs blogs traitant de l’engagement des jeunes dans l’agriculture. Oeuvrant dans le cadre des accords de Cotonou entre pays de l’ACP (Afrique-Caraïbes-Pacifi que) et de l’Union européenne, le CTA met un accent particulier sur l’utilisation des technologies de l’information et de la communication pour relever les défis agricoles contemporains.

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