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What is ARDYIS?

ARDYIS is a framework of actions which aims to raise the capacity and opportunities of youth in agriculture through ICTs in ACP countries (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific).

Its key activities include the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) and the AgriHack Talent initiative.

Le Sommet international de l’Innovation des jeunes sur l’Agrobusiness, l’Entrepreneuriat et le Leadership (YALESI) se déroule à Dakar au cours de cette semaine. L’événement, qui promeut le débat sur les stratégies les plus efficaces favorisant l’emploi des jeunes dans l’entreprenariat agricole, est également une vitrine pour les jeunes entrepreneurs ayant lancé des produits et services novateurs au bénéfice du secteur agricole. C’est dans cet esprit que le CTA a organisé un certain nombre d’ateliers, a lancé une nouvelle publication (« Innovate for Agriculture ») et vous propose aujourd’hui un article sur le parcours réalisé par Yacouba Alfari, un jeune ingénieur agronome nigérien ayant inventé un séchoir à charbon minéral pour faire de la poudre de tomate.

 

Il suffisait d’y penser… Lorsqu’en pleine saison, les tomates fraîches inondent les marchés du Niger, pourquoi ne pas transformer la tomate en poudre ? Pour cela, Yacouba Alfari a inventé le séchoir à charbon minéral. Une invention qui l’a déjà amené loin, puisqu’il a participé à la COP 21 à Paris où il l’a présentée parmi une centaine de « solutions climat » triées sur le volet. Actuellement, il présente son invention au Sommet international de l’Innovation des jeunes sur l’Agrobusiness, l’Entrepreneuriat et le Leadership (YALESI).

Pour en savoir plus, lisez bit.ly/1ROBW0M

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:45

Innovate for Agriculture (Report)

Increasing agricultural productivity in developing countries and promoting youth employment and entrepreneurship are important recommendations of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play an important role. Young entrepreneurs using ICT innovations are particularly suited to contribute to increased agricultural productivity and sustainability given their inventiveness, energy and capacity to take risks.

An increasing number of young innovative entrepreneurs in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are developing ICTs for agriculture solutions to support agricultural value chains, providing employment and livelihood opportunities.

To highlight ACP entrepreneurs’ important contribution and to emphasise the need for strengthening their endeavours, CTA, in collaboration with Ashoka's Youth Venture, has produced the publication Innovate for Agriculture.

Agribusiness and entrepreneurship are two critical areas which have a strong potential to increase employment opportunities for youth and to boost economies in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Similarly, the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is modernising the agricultural sector and providing more opportunities for youth. In particular, young farmers who apply ICT tools and skills to their farming businesses generally have higher yields, incomes and social status.

How can these trends be sustained? What inclusive employment strategies can effectively be put in place? How can we bring more youth into agricultural entrepreneurship? These and other questions prioritising young people's needs will be debated at the upcoming Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI), set to take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 29 until 31 March 2016.

In the framework of the International Women’s Day, the CTA ARDYIS project is celebrating young women in agriculture and ICT who have been successfully involved in its activities. More on these ladies and activities they have been involved in sections below. We would like to seize the opportunity to wish all women involved in our activities a very beautiful Women's Day!

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