Afficher les éléments par tag: CTA The purpose of ARDYIS is to raise youth awareness and capacity on agricultural and rural development issues in ACP countries through ICTs. Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:07:51 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management fr-fr Enquête sur les TIC et les jeunes agriculteurs/agro-entrepreneurs dans les pays ACP

Le CTA a lancé une enquête qui vise à appréhender l'utilisation actuelle des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (TIC) par les jeunes agriculteurs/agro-entrepreneurs d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP). Les résultats permettront au CTA (et aux organisations intéressées) de mieux affiner leurs stratégies d’appui à la jeunesse impliquée dans l’agriculture.

Les observations principales seront également intégrées dans une publication sur laquelle le CTA travaille avec l'Alliance pour une révolution verte en Afrique (AGRA) sur la situation des jeunes dans l'agriculture africaine (AASR).

Le questionnaire est destiné, et doit être uniquement rempli par:

  • les jeunes agriculteurs ou jeunes agro-entrepreneurs/exploitants agricoles (âgés entre 15 et 35 ans) pouvant remplir le questionnaire en ligne;
  • les représentants d'organisations paysannes;
  • les représentants d'institutions qui soutiennent les jeunes agriculteurs et les jeunes agro-entrepreneurs.

Les personnes ayant ces profils peuvent remplir le questionnaire à cette adresse :

Il vous faudra environ 12 minutes pour le remplir. 

Veuillez répondre au plus tard le 15 mai 2015. 

La liste des organisations paysannes, des institutions de soutien aux jeunes agriculteurs / agro-entrepreneurs, ainsi que celle des jeunes entreprises agricoles qui répondront au questionnaire sera publiée dans un rapport de l'enquête (format imprimé ou électronique), si elles fournissent leurs coordonnées.

Merci de bien vouloir partager ce message à toute personne pouvant être intéressée ou ayant le profil adéquat.

]]> Autres activités Wed, 06 May 2015 09:42:14 +0000 CTA collaborates with AGRA to produce youth in agriculture report

CTA is collaborating with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on the production the AGRA Africa Agriculture Status Report 2015, which will focus on “Youth in Agriculture”. In this regard, CTA attended a write-shop organised by AGRA in Nairobi, Kenya from 26-27 March 2015.

More specifically, CTA will produce the chapters on "Inclusive innovative finance for Youth" and on "ICT and Youth in agriculture", with inputs articulated notably around the framework for youth and ICT activities developed by the CTA ARDYIS Project (See photo above). 

Any insights on how to deal with these issues or on the framework are most welcomed at

]]> Nouvelles du projet Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:34:58 +0000 Some articles on the ARDYIS project
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]]> Nouvelles du projet Sat, 14 Mar 2015 05:56:32 +0000 CTA’s Youth Strategy 2013 – 2017’s-youth-strategy-2013-–-2017’s-youth-strategy-2013-–-2017

CTA has been supporting and promoting youth engagement in agriculture for more than 15 years. However, this Strategy is the first attempt to bring CTA’s efforts into a comprehensive policy aligned with the three goals of the Centre’s Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

Supporting the youth as key agricultural stakeholders since 1997.

With its mission to advance food and nutritional security in ACP regions through the empowerment of agricultural and rural development organisations and networks, CTA has targeted youth as key stakeholders who can benefit from, and contribute to the increased performance of the agricultural sector. Youth have been a cross-cutting issue for the organisation going as far back as 1997. In its Strategic Plan 2011–2015, CTA seeks to ensure that young people:

  • are encouraged, through various means, to get involved in agriculture;
  • are involved in CTA's programmes and partnership agreements.

A common objective: engaging youth in agriculture.

The development of the Youth Strategy represents an important attempt by CTA to take a more holistic and systematic approach to engaging young people in various activities which support and promote the development of the agricultural sector in ACP countries. Supporting youth engagement in agriculture has been called for by young people themselves, national governments and international institutions.

The Strategy allows CTA to define clearly the priority areas of concern and focus its activities accordingly. It will also send a strong message to partners in ACP and EU countries, as well as to the international community, on the need for coordinated action in order to enhance efforts to support young people.

CTA's Youth Strategy: a participative process.

In developing this document, CTA consulted with its staff and Executive Board, key partners – including representatives of various youth groups – and national and international development agencies. A strategic youth stakeholder workshop was organised in the Netherlands, which gathered 25 external participants, 80% being youth under 35 years old. Participants included young professionals, youth champions, young farmers, and representatives of organisations involved in ICT for development and knowledge management with an interest in agriculture and rural development. The Strategy represents a synthesis of perspectives gathered in these interactions. CTA would like to thank all the young people, staff and partners who contributed in the process.

Download the Youth Strategy 2013 – 2017 in PDF format

]]> Publications Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:37:00 +0000 Engaging youth in family farming will require stronger focus on agribusiness and relevant ICTs (Report)

70% of our global food requirement comes from the 500 million family farms around the world (FAO, 2014). And yet, family farming is often associated with poverty as these farms usually operate on small scales (mainly for subsistence) and generate low revenues. Thus, it is not a surprise that youth are not attracted to family farming.

But looking at the other side of the picture, there are many young people already involved in family farming. By undertaking their daily tasks, they acquire knowledge and skills from their elderly family members and apply these techniques in their farming activities. They also bring agricultural technology and innovation into the family farm and are often involved in management activities that require their educational knowledge (keeping accounts, communication with partners, etc.). There is also another category of youth who are not directly involved in the field, but are developing ICT applications or offering ICT services which are useful to family farmers.

These are some of the key features of youth in family farming, that are highlighted in the report of the e-debate on “
Youth sustaining family farming through ICTs”, organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the African Youth Foundation (AYF) in October 2014. Aiming to discuss the involvement of youth in family farming, opportunities in this area and challenges faced; as well as exploring how ICTs can strengthen their engagement in family farming, this e-debate has generated over 150 contributions from more than 20 countries.

The discussions stressed that enhancing youth engagement in family farming will require further support to rural youth, as well as improving rural conditions.
The debate also recalled that family farming facilitates entry in the agricultural sector. Sustaining family farming will therefore result in an increase in youth involvement in agriculture.

Key recommendations from the report include the following:

On youth and family farming:

  • Encouraging adequate processes for transition of family farm management from elders to youth
  • Promoting role models and success stories of youth in family farming
  • Strengthening policies on family farming and youth

On youth, ICTs and family farming:

  • Developing ICT training and capacity building programmes for youth in family farming
  • Strengthening rural telecentres and rural ICT access points targeting farming
  • Strengthening the role of rural youth as agricultural information brokers via ICTs

Other interesting points raised by participants are the need to develop agribusiness capacity for young family farmers and to ensure that ICT solutions targeting farming and rural stakeholders are more adapted to rural socio-technical contexts. Local content is key and will accelerate adoption of ICTs by family farmers.

The report includes a great number of initiatives shared by youth and organisations supporting youths during the discussion.

Read and download the full report here:

The e-debate was organised in the context of the International Year of Family Farming, and in the framework of the ARDYIS project’s periodic e-debates. These exchanges are organised notably to support knowledge building of young people on ICT for agriculture issues and favour networking. Subject matter experts from IFAD,
Savannah Young Farmers Network, MEDIAPROD, Caribbean Agricultural Extension Provider's Network (CAEPNet), CTA, University of the West Indies and AYF contributed to the facilitation of the discussions.

]]> Publications Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:35:56 +0000 Enhancing knowledge sharing through Laikipia Rural Voices

Laikipia Rural Voices (LRV) emerged as the winner of the best blog for East Africa in the institutional category of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) in 2014. With over 400 articles, the blog has been instrumental in sharing knowledge from the field to the youth, and as a result, many young people have developed an interest in agriculture and are now actively engaged into farming.

Read more on the YoBloCo Website:

]]> Nouvelles du projet Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:12:58 +0000 Event: ICT use to attract Young to a profitable agriculture, 25 September 2014, Rome, Italy

Date: 25 September 2014

15:30 - 17:00 (GMT+2)

Oval Room

by IICD and CTA

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (
IFAD) is organising a meeting on "ICT use to attract Young to a profitable agriculture" on 25th September 2014 in Rome, Italy.

Some of the key questions to be addressed during the meeting are:

How can we use ICTs to attract young people to farming? What impact does the use of ICTs have on young rural people and their communities? How can access to ICTs change the image of farming and improve the social status of young people? What are the different services offered by ICTs to and by young farmers and service providers?

To share their experiences on this subject, the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) have been invited to make a presentation. The presentations will be followed by a technical discussion to improve a concept note drafted by IICD.

You may follow this event via webcast:

Find all the tweets from the event on this Storify Page compiled by IFAD: Tweets from "ICT use to attract Young to a profitable agriculture"

]]> Autres activités Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:07:21 +0000 Nouvelles technologies et jeunes talents

Les jeunes des pays ACP sont rarement attirés par l’agriculture. En organisant son premier “hackathon”, le CTA offre aux jeunes diplômés, passionnés de développement informatique, l’occasion d’exprimer leurs talents et de découvrir les possibilités offertes par le secteur agricole.

Renforcer la productivité agricole et améliorer les conditions de vie des jeunes sont deux objectifs majeurs pour le CTA. Ce furent aussi les principes fondateurs du “hackathon” que nous avons organisé à l’occasion de notre dernière conférence internationale, ICT4Ag, qui s’est déroulée dans la capitale rwandaise en novembre dernier.

Un hackathon est un exercice au cours duquel des programmeurs informatiques (et des acteurs de développement le cas échéant) collaborent sur une courte durée pour développer une application ou une plate-forme TIC afin de résoudre un problème particulier. L’objectif était de mettre en lumière le potentiel des nouvelles technologies appliquées à l’agriculture et de soutenir l’innovation et l’entrepreneuriat, notamment chez les jeunes.

Des logiciels pour renforcer l’accès au crédit et tester la fertilité des sols

Le hackathon a pris la forme d’un championnat régional (avec des compétitions nationales) pour jeunes informaticiens*. Des centres d’innovation TIC ont été impliqués dès le début de l’initiative pour parrainer les jeunes puis soutenir les gagnants de la compétition. 

Les jeunes entrepreneurs lauréats ont pris part aux projets suivants : Ensibuuko (Ouganda), AgriVAS (Ethiopie) et Agrinfo (Tanzanie). Ils ont respectivement développé un logiciel web et mobile pour la gestion innovante de crédits agricoles, une plate-forme pour l’envoi d’information agricole par SMS en langue nationale aux paysans et un système de cartographie de terres agricoles. D’autres ont développé un produit qui teste la fertilité des sols à l’aide d’un capteur pH et qui transmet l’information par SMS aux vulgarisateurs agricoles. Ce hackathon a servi d’inspiration aux autorités rwandaises qui ont décidé d’en organiser un au niveau national.

Promotion et incubation des jeunes entrepreneurs

Les activités de suivi du hackathon viennent de démarrer. Le CTA subventionne les centres d’innovation TIC ayant accompagné la participation des lauréats régionaux. Ceux-ci appuient maintenant les jeunes entrepreneurs dans le lancement de leurs produits. Ils bénéficient, par exemple, de conseils ou de formations, et seront mis en contact avec des investisseurs. Ils participeront à des rencontres internationales durant lesquelles ils pourront renforcer leurs réseaux professionnels et leurs connaissances. Certains se rendront d’ailleurs à la prochaine conférence internationale du CTA sur le financement des chaînes de valeur agricoles. Un atelier national sur l’expérience locale du hackathon au Rwanda aura lieu d’ici juin 2014, grâce au soutien de l’Alliance pour une révolution verte en Afrique (AGRA). En outre, le CTA compte organiser une rencontre régionale de capitalisation de l’ensemble de l’activité d’ici le mois de juillet 2014.

Le succès remporté par cette initiative intéresse d’autres régions ACP qui approchent le CTA pour profiter à la fois de ses conseils et de son soutien. Affaire à suivre…

* Pour plus d’information, voir le blog du hackathon :

Cet article a été originellement publié dans le magazine SPORE du CTA.

]]> Autres activités Wed, 14 May 2014 14:33:47 +0000 Hackathon pitches predict good future of agriculture

Agriculture players who are attending the ICT4ag conference 2013 in Kigali are convinced that ICT-enabled projects being developed by young people can lead to the intended agricultural transformation in due time.


It was on Thursday morning the 7th November, 2013 that agriculture stakeholders from private and public sectors as well as other development partners were all curious at Serena Hotel just to hear from different innovative projects presented by youth from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Rwanda.

In total, nine groups tried to convince a panel of judges and the audience on how their projects have huge potential to help farmers improve their daily activities in a tremendous way. Of the groups, one is of young Rwandans named Fertilizer Logic, a team of four students from University of Rwanda College of Technology (former KIST).

According to the Rwandan young innovators, their device will be used in detecting the soil fertility in order to help farmers determine the nutrients composition in the soil so that they can plan accordingly.

“The device is cheap, user friendly and provides reports that can be read easily by local farmers,” Rwandan team said, adding that they expect their results to be at least 80% accurate.

The device will be used to map soil fertility of the farming land around the country. Once it is put in the soil, it detects the quantity of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium composing the soil.

Apart from the Rwandan team, other groups also had chance to explain how farmers can benefit from their ICT-enabled innovations; the presentations that attracted appreciation from a wide range of agriculture players.

“It’s very energizing to see young people coming up with such solutions,” noted Agnes Kalibata, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources. “There is really a good future of agriculture with these kinds of solutions. It’s a good beginning.”

Michael Hailu, the Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), remarked that the hackathon session has inspired a lot of lessons to learn.

“It’s very refreshing,” Hailu said. “The question is how to replicate these kinds of innovations at national and regional levels.”

The best successful winners of the hackathon competition are set to be awarded with cash prizes on this Thursday the 7th November during the gala night.

Article originally published on the MINAGRI website.

]]> Autres nouvelles Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:17:51 +0000 Migration: a development journey...

My name is Grace Muinga, an agricultural economist by profession. I have a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in Agriculture Economics from Egerton University in Kenya and University of Reading, UK respectively. I hail from Kenya. I have a passion for improving the food security situation in developing countries as well as reducing uncertainty and risk in the agriculture environment so as to increase investments and improve decision making. I am also keen on improving livelihoods in Kenya as well as Africa.

I am currently a Research Assistant with World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. My previous area of research was on Market access and its impact on food security. Presently, I am part of a research team working on decision analysis-focusing on how agricultural stakeholders make key decisions in risky and uncertain environments with an aim of providing guidance in identifying high value information through Applied Information Economics (AIE).

My migration experience is more of a development journey
. After completion of my Bachelor’s degree, I was privileged to find work with an NGO focused on reducing carbon emission in Kenya and Africa in general. Having worked there for a year, I got an urge to pursue my education further at a Masters level. Where to advance my degree was the main headache for a number of months. I initially settled for a local university in pursuit for knowledge not knowing that this was bound to change after a few weeks. Thereafter, I came across an opportunity to study at the University of Reading with only a few weeks left to the application deadline. It was a long shot but I took it anyway.

A month later, I received a letter confirming my acceptance to the University of Reading. This was a big surprise to me. I saw this as a chance to move out of my country in search of “greener pastures” elsewhere. It was time to move out or so I thought! I began my quest to raise enough funds for my departure and advancement of knowledge. I was excited!
My main plan: never to return!

I went from friend to friend asking for support in this great endeavor, no one was spared, from the young to the old, they would all contribute. I had three months to make my move and by the time the second month was over, I still hadn’t raised enough support. All I got were rejection letters from scholarship providers. There were days of  pure discouragement, days when I would consider quitting as an option and days when quitting did not even qualify as a thought! My main goal was to move to the United Kingdom-the land of ‘milk and honey’ as I saw it to be.

A month later, having raised half the amount of my tuition fees and two months living expenditure, I set off for the long awaited journey having discarded the thought of studying in a local university. I knew I had to pull through this; of course all good things do not come easy!
I studied hard to become the best and worked even harder to cater for my living expenses. This gave me a great chance to interact with both career motivated students as well as financially motivated ones. The interaction was immeasurable, far beyond my expectation.  I was enjoying every minute of my stay, my plan was on track, until something happened, an experience that would make me want to return to my home: the place I abandoned in search of better opportunities.

After six months of theory and classwork, it was time for the practical and application of knowledge. I began reading extensively in search of a relevant topic for my thesis. I would have three or four hours of sleep every day until I finally cracked it: ‘Impact of Market Access on Food Security in Ethiopia’, that was research topic and my breaking point! Day and night, I would read more and more about food security in the existing literature.

This would make me yearn to go back home learning that this was a major area necessary for the improvement of livelihoods and the best way to positively contribute to it, was to be on the ground.  I was away; I had not realized the intensity of food insecurity in developing countries until the completion of my thesis.
I knew I had to return to my home, to apply the knowledge gained in the far off land and become a positive contributor to reducing food insecurity in any way possible.

My journey began with selfish ambitions to run away from the ‘not so good’ to the ‘awesome and amazing country’. This was according to my own measurements and standards. My journey however changed and formulated new goals: improving livelihoods through reducing food insecurity while being an implementer on the ground. I completed my studies having passed successfully with a distinction in my overall degree.
I left the ‘land of milk and honey’ back to my home seeking to achieve my new formed goal-improving livelihoods through reduction of food insecurity.

I sought to migrate to one country not knowing I was destined to remain in my own. As a youth, I continue to move development forward and my migration experience was the eye opener I needed!

Blog post by
Grace Muinga (Kenya) for the blog series on youth and migration,organised by YPARD, the CTA ARDYIS projectIFAD and the e-Agriculture platform, on the occasion of the International Youth Day 2013.

Picture: Grace and her good friends at the University of Reading

]]> Nouvelles du projet Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:26:05 +0000