The training complements the Pacific Youth in Agriculture strategy which was launched at the Fourth Regional Meeting of Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS) in 2010. The ultimate goal would be to increase the participation of youth in agriculture as a means of improving food security, youth livelihoods and employment in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).
During past competitions organised by the ARDYIS project, low participation has been noted from some ACP regions including the Pacific. The workshop is thus organized as a response to this observation and following recommendations from youths, in order to encourage participation from these regions.
The workshop is organized in partnership with the Web2ForDev project of CTA. It falls in CTA’s mandate to facilitate access to and dissemination of information in the fields of agriculture and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). It will last 5 days and includes exchange sessions on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in agriculture which will take place the last day. Participants will get hands-on experience on blogging for agriculture and rural development, during intensive practical sessions. Participants will also learn how to use ICTs to assist in collecting further examples of successful case studies of youth and agriculture activities with good potential for replication.
The event is open to nationals of the ACP Pacific countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu).
It targets students in agricultural or ICT training courses, young farmers, young farmers’ organizations, young members of farmers’ organizations and other young people or youth organizations interested in ICT or agriculture. 20 youths will be selected to attend it.
Special attention will be given to female candidates and youths affiliated to organizations involved in agricultural and rural development.
Programme of the event
- Web 2.0 Concepts and Principles
- Selective Access to Information, online mapping and Social Networking
- Creating and animating agricultural blogs (creation, customization, etc.)
- Integrating social media tools into Blogs (RSS, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, online Maps, etc.)
- Exchange sessions
The exchange sessions will cover the following themes:
- Use of social media to promote agriculture and its opportunities for youths
- Use of ICTs as marketing tools in youth-led agricultural businesses
- Development of ICT products or services by youths for the agricultural sector
Opportunities and challenges for Pacific youths as well as case studies will be discussed.
- be a National of the Pacific
- be aged between 18 and 35 years
- be computer literate and conversant with browsing the Internet
- have regular access to a computer/laptop (ownership of a computer/laptop is an advantage)
- be competent in the use of the English language
- have an active e-mail account, preferably gmail
- have strong interest in agriculture and ICT issues
- must possess proven skills in the area of agriculture and rural development
Applicants who are in position to take along a WIFI-enabled laptop to the training will be a plus.
CTA and SPC will cover the cost of travel, accommodation, food and daily subsistence allowances for the accepted participants.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying, please complete this online form: ARDYIS Web 2.0 Training and Exchange Workshop
Deadline for application: 15 August, 2013
The organisers will inform successful applicants about the status of their application by 19 August 2013. Successful applicants will receive confirmation letters; others will be duly informed about the outcome of their application.
ICT4D Programme Coordinator
Tel: +31 (0) 317 467100
Information and Knowledge Management Specialist
Tel: +679 3370733
For administrative and workshop logistics, contact:
Tel: +679 3370733
About the YoBloCo Awards and ARDYIS
The Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) falls in the framework of the ARDYIS project. The purpose of the ARDYIS (Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society) project is to raise youth awareness and improve their capacity on agricultural and rural development issues in ACP countries using ICTs. ARDYIS activities will contribute to the promotion of opportunities for youth in ACP countries in the agricultural, rural development and ICT sectors.