Afficher les éléments par tag: entrepreneurship 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 12:06:28 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management fr-fr Some best start-ups involved in the AgriHack Talent program

Since the launching of the Pitch AgriHack Initiative, that aims at strengthening ICT innovation and entrepreneurship by youth in agriculture, some 700 young innovators and entrepreneurs took part in its hackathons and start-up contests. These beneficiaries had the opportunity to be involved in other CTA activities and those of its partners (Apps4Ag, Plug and Play events, etc.). The best start-ups involved so far have benefited from about USD 1 million (investment and grants from various national and international parties).Here are brief notes on some of the best start-ups involved so far in the competitions of the AgriHack Talent Program of CTA:


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]]> Prix Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:32:48 +0000 Great opportunities for young entrepreneurs – Winners of Pitch AgriHack WA 2017

The final stage of CTA’s Pitch AgriHack West Africa competition took place at the 7th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2017), on 7th September 2017, in Abidjan. The winners of the early stage category, efarms – a Nigerian-based online networking platform and Farmart Limited – a Ghanian online food market, were rewarded grants of €7,500 and €5,000 respectively. For the advanced category winners, Bayseddo – a Senegalese agri-financing platform and AgroCenta – an online marketplace for agricultural produce founded in Ghana, received €15,000 and €12,500 in funding respectively. On top of that, CTA’s partner, the Mali-based Suguba, offered two special prizes of each €2,000.


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]]> Prix Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:02:16 +0000 WSIS 2016 Session: Accelerating ICT for Agriculture Entrepreneurship to Promote Youth Livelihoods

An increasing number of young innovators and entrepreneurs in developing countries now develop ICT for agriculture solutions to strengthen agri-food systems in their respective countries, and to provide employment and livelihood opportunities for themselves and other young people.

However, young entrepreneurs still face several challenges such as insufficient capacity in e-agriculture entrepreneurship, non-existent or weak linkages with investors, weak knowledge of the agriculture sector, etc. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has been supporting a number of initiatives relating to these issues such as the AgriHack Talent program of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) Project which won the 2015 WSIS Forum Prize (e-agriculture category).

Within this framework, tomorrow (5 May, 2016), CTA will be hosting a session on "Accelerating ICT for Agriculture Entrepreneurship to Promote Youth Livelihoods and Sustainable Development", in collaboration with ITU, at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) in Geneva, Switzerland. The session willl involve young agtech entrepreneurs from various countries, international business and government experts. At the session, some young ICT entrepreneurs spotlighted in the CTA's recent Innovate for Agriculture publication (Innovate for Agriculture) will be discussing how this emerging form of entrepreneurship can be further developed and supported, as an avenue to develop youth employment opportunities, innovations in the agri-food sector, and ensure food security. Time is 15 - 16.30 (CET).


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]]> Autres nouvelles Wed, 04 May 2016 10:40:20 +0000 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.

The report introduces 30 innovators, 21 featured with full stories, and nine ‘innovators to watch’. Case studies include innovations from Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. A couple of innovators who come from outside ACP but offer services in these regions are also featured. The publication is a collection of life stories of interest to aspiring agri-tech entrepreneurs from all countries.

Featured innovations include: how the innovation came about; what problems it addresses; how the innovations are implemented; impacts so far; the business model; challenges faced; strategies to address sustainability; and, the future outlook. The report also includes entrepreneurs’ own recommendations and advice to other young people interested in venturing into ICT innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture.

According to Michael Hailu, Director of CTA, “The young innovators featured in this publication are role models who can inspire others and encourage them to innovate for agriculture. Their stories are a testimony of how young people are already contributing to transforming agricultural value chains through their innovations.”

The innovations featured fall into various segments along the agricultural value chain. While the first part of the publication focuses on services helping to improve livestock and crop production (e.g. HelloTractor, Daral Technologies), subsequent parts concentrate on those facilitating access to finance (e.g. Ensibuuko and FarmDrive) and those strengthening trade, markets and consumption (e.g. Foodrings, D'MarketMovers).

As Reem Rahman from Ashoka, one of report writers, observes, "The innovators featured in this report demonstrate the power of opening the door to youth leadership. They confirm that we currently have a powerful generation of changemakers transforming the world -- from agricultural value chains and beyond."

Innovate for Agriculture presents a multi-dimensional picture of the evolving field of ICT entrepreneurship in agriculture in developing countries. It describes challenges but also successes already achieved. It is hoped that this publication will serve as a key reference for young people and stakeholders seeking to invest in agriculture and ICTs in the ACP region.

The report is produced as part of CTA’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project, which supports youth innovations and entrepreneurship in ICTs and agriculture. Most innovators included in the publication have benefited from CTA support and participated in its activities.

]]> Publications Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:45:49 +0000 The 40 Chances Fellows program

The 40 Chances Fellows program will fund four 40 Chances Fellows with the most innovative social enterprise plans that use strategies built on the principles of 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.  These social enterprises must seek to address issues of hunger, conflict, or poverty and may be established in any one of the following four countries where the Africa Governance Initiative has a strong presence: Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Malawi.

Each strategy must involve local leadership and management into the operations of the social enterprise by integrating local place-based ownership and relying on locally driven design, development, and deployment in its programs or services.  In addition, these enterprises should fill gaps in existing value chains, or otherwise combine a variety of complementary and existing efforts into a comprehensive and integrated approach to solve the intended challenge.

The application timeline for the fellowship runs from October 17, 2013, to May 31, 2014.  Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 39 on the date the application closes (May 31, 2014).  Winners will be selected by a blue ribbon panel of judges and formally announced at the 2014 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa.  Each of four fellows will receive $80,000 in start-up funds and $70,000 for living and transportation expenses (a total of $150,000) for one year.

During their first year of activity, fellows will be required to submit quarterly update reports to the World Food Prize.

More information on the 40 Chances Fellows website:

]]> Autres nouvelles Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:52:02 +0000 Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an exciting new opportunity to develop your innovative ideas and projects to create positive change in your community and the world. With support and feedback from peers around the world, you can turn your passion for a better world into reality.

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an international contest launched by The Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship (Berlin) and UNESCO. The competition provides a global platform for young entrepreneurs who aspire to create positive change in their communities.

By highlighting the best examples of youth entrepreneurship, the competition aims to empower the young generation to take the initiative in social innovation and become pioneers in building a harmonious and sustainable society. With their innovative ideas and leadership, these global citizens will tackle some of the key challenges of today and offer a model of the entrepreneurial potential that will fuel our future.

All participants will receive free training at the online Entrepreneurship Campus. This training provides methods and techniques for developing ideas into solid business models, to turn a budding idea into a fully developed concept, or to improve on an existing business model.

Please find the competition guidelines on this link:


]]> Autres nouvelles Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:12:39 +0000 Supporting youth innovation in ICTs for agriculture

Young people are at the forefront when it comes to ICT innovation for agriculture. With substantial evidence that new ICTs, in particular the mobile communication, empower knowledge exchange and offer new tools that improve trade in the agricultural sector, there would seem to be unlimited opportunities for young entrepreneurs.

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]]> Nouvelles du projet Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:49:00 +0000 CTA-NEPAD Photo and Essay Competitions Winners Announced CTA-NEPAD Photo and Essay Competitions Winners Announced

CTA NEPAD Essay and Photo Contest winnersIt is with great pleasure that the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) announce the winners of the Photo and Essay competitions that have been organized to celebrate NEPAD’s 10th Anniversary. This competition also falls in the framework of CTA activities on youth, women and ICTs.

The winners of the Photo Competition “Looking at ICTs, agriculture and climate change in Africa through the eyes of women and the youth”, who will be awarded with a prize of € 800, are:

For the category “Youth/women, ICTs and entrepreneurship”

  • Mr. Jean-Paul Luesso Amuri, from Congo (Central Africa), with the photo titled "Quartier Nord de Bujumbura"
  • Mr. Herbert Lwanga, from Uganda (East Africa), with the photo titled Rural Women, Renewable Energy and ICTs
  • Ms. Thoko Chikondi, from Malawi (Southern Africa), with the photo titled Mustard leaf vendors
  • Mr. Ikenna Mbakwe, from Nigeria (West Africa), with the photo titled Women, ICTs and entrepreneurship

For the category “Youth/women, ICTs and climate change”

  • Ms. Thoko Chikondi, from Malawi (Southern Africa), with the photo titled Irrigation at Mpiru field

Due to the poor quality of entries, the jury decided not to award the prizes for the other regions in the category “Youth/women, ICTs and climate change”.


The winners of the Essay Competition “Looking at ICTs and agriculture in Africa through the eyes of women and the youth”, who will be awarded with a prize of € 1000, are:

For the category “Women and ICT in agriculture”

  • Mr. Tapfumaneyi Mutenda, from Zimbabwe (Southern Africa).

His essay describes his experience in carrying on his Sunday radio show, which became popular in many rural villages in Zimbabwe. Through the questions posed by the listeners it emerges a colorful picture of both the current use of ICTs in agriculture and the expectations that these means of communication bring.

  • Mr. Paulin Tsafack Nguena, from Cameroon (Central Africa).

His essay tells us the story of Michelle Touré, founder of the Virtual Growth Company, a digital enterprise which supports agricultural projects in rural areas of Cameroon.

  • Mr. Tuyishime Norbert, from Rwanda  (East Africa).

His essay depicts a case study of a woman involved in Irish potato production in Rwanda and how ICT, in the form of a mobile phone is helping improve her business revenues.

  • Mr. Traore Inoussa, from Burkina Faso (West Africa).

This essay tells the story of Lizet, a young 28 years old woman that lives in a village in the South of Burkina Faso. The use of mobile phones applications helped her improving her economic activity and at the same time enhancing her status as woman.

For the category “Youth and ICT in agriculture”

  • Mr. Admire Mare, from Zimbabwe (Southern Africa).

His lively story tells us about a family of farmers in the Mushandike Irrigation Scheme, in Zimbabwe, and how the use of mobile phones is significantly making the difference in improving their livelihoods.

  • Ms. Comfort Moussa, from Cameroon (Central Africa).

Her essay tells us the experience of Tantoh Dieudonne Nforba, a farmer specialized in spring water catchment protection and agro-forestry, founder of a nonprofit organization called "Save Your Future Association" (SYFA). What strikes is his ability in using various kinds of ICTs – from mobile phones to emails – to improve his job.

  • Mr. Robert Koigi Muthoni, from Kenya (East Africa).

His essay is the success story of Zack Matere, who became a vegetable and potatoes farmer after graduating in Business Administration. He suddenly realized the power of ICT in agriculture one day, when, thanks to the Internet, he found the solution to a disease that attacked his potatoes.

  • Mr. Solomon Elorm Allavi, from Ghana (West Africa).

His essay describes his experience as young agricultural entrepreneur and founder of an ICT startup company in Ghana. His company, which is almost two years old, operates to implement market-driven ICT solutions to address the limited access to marketing outlets for smallholder farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural value chain.

In addition, the jury agreed to give a special mention to:

  • Mr. Bertrand Joël Foe Eloundou, from Cameroon (Youth and ICT in agriculture).

For his essay on the integration of ICTs and marketing of horticultural products in Benin, in the difficult context of climate change.

  • Mr. Wasike Noah Wamalwa, from Kenya (Women and ICT in agriculture).

For his essay about MFarm, a Kenyan ICT application that uses mobile phones to connect farmers with suppliers and cooperatives.

The award ceremony will be held during the NEPAD’s 10th Anniversary Symposium (date to be confirmed later). The winners and the two additional participants are invited to take part to the event.

A qualified jury, composed by independent African experts in the field of communication, ICTs and agriculture, had the difficult task to choose the best entries among 85 photos and 124 essays.

The jury was composed by:

Photo competition

  • Ms. Therese Burke (Marketing Officer, CTA)
  • Ms. Nonhlanhla Kambule Makgati (Journalist and Photographer)
  • Ms. Rosalie Lo (Head of Gender Programme, Nepad)
  • Mr. Olaf Hammelburg (Independent consultant)

Essay competition

  • Ms. Dorothy K. Gordon (Director-General, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT)
  • Mr. Balraj Rajkomar (former Senior Lecturer, University of Agriculture, Mauritius)
  • Mr. John Kaninda (Journalist)

The best participants to the competition will have the opportunity to participate to the CTA ARDYIS (Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society) project.

The winning photos and the essays will be made public in due time.


The best participants to the competition will have the opportunity to participate to the CTA ARDYIS (Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society) project.

For more information:

Email: Contact M. Ken Lohento

Web: Announcement of the competitions


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