Afficher les éléments par tag: essay 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 12:06:47 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management fr-fr Emerging voices in ICT and agriculture in the ACP (New publication)

book cover ardyis The new booklet published by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA ACP-EU) features 20 young people and three organizations, that have been involved in the CTA youth project called ARDYIS (Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society).

In addition to portraying authors and highlighting their perspectives on youth involvement in agriculture using ICTs, the document presents summaries of best essays submitted for the contest «Youth finding solutions to challenges in agriculture and rural development using ICTs!», organised in 2010; it also presents the results of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) completed in 2012.

Submissions received demonstrated that many young people are ready to strengthen their involvement in agriculture and are using ICTs to contribute to enhance it.
Agriculture in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries faces many challenges. While youth unemployment is critical in most countries, many young people perceive agriculture as an unattractive career option. It is therefore evident that a well supported agricultural sector, strengthened by the use of new information technologies, would present an ideal solution. Agriculture has to become more attractive, viable and offer the youth improved opportunities for income. It is this that CTA supported youth related initiatives aim to bring about.

CTA’s own experience tells that among the young people whose contributions are highlighted in this booklet are the future leaders of ACP agricultural and rural development. Some of them are already making a difference in their communities and they will certainly achieve more in the future. They are the ones to watch!

The publication is available for download in pdf format (2,9 Mo) from here and a print version will be available shortly.

The "Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society" (ARDYIS) project is a CTA initiative which aims to improve opportunities for youth in agriculture and rural development through the use of ICTs. It is implemented in collaboration with an Advisory Committee composed of several ACP organisations: FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa); AYF (African Youth Foundation); ANAFE (African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education); Yam Pukri Association; PAFPNet (Pacific Agriculture and Forestry Policy Network); CAFAN (Caribbean Farmers' Network).

For updates on the ARDYIS project activities, follow us on Facebook.

(CTA/Ardyis project, October 2012)

]]> Publications Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:28:43 +0000 Concours du meilleur essai - CTA/NEPAD: Profils des gagnants et résumés des meilleurs essais

Dans le cadre de la remise des prix  du concours du CTA et du NEPAD destiné aux jeunes sur les TIC et l’entreprenariat dans l’agriculture, qui a eu lieu à Addis-Abeba le 28 mars 2012, le projet ARDYIS a produit une brochure pour présenter les gagnants et leurs essais.

Vous pouvez télécharger la brochure ici (en version PDF).

Pour plus d'informations sur le concours, veuillez cliquer ici.

]]> Prix Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:39:23 +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


]]> Autres nouvelles Fri, 21 Oct 2011 07:38:08 +0000 Photos de la finale du concours de rédaction

Quelques images des présentations orales des rédactions par les finalistes, de la cérémonie de remise des prix, du dîner de gala et de la participation des finalistes aux séminaires de la Semaine CTA/NPCA en Afrique du Sud.


]]> Multimédia Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:56:15 +0000 Concours de rédaction: documents clés

Meilleures rédactions soumises et autres ressources du concours de rédaction du projet ARDYIS 2010 du CTA

Winners of  Ardyis essay contest

Photo des gagntants

1. Rédactions soumises par les finalistes (NB: Les finalistes ont été sélectionnés par régions ACP (Afrique de l'Ouest, Afrique Australe, Pacific, Caraïbes, etc.)

NB : AVERTISSEMENT: Les rédactions ont été évaluées et les meilleures ont été sélectionnées par un jury indépendant du CTA. Les points de vue exprimés dans ces documents sont ceux de leurs auteurs.

2. Autres informations sur le concours: annonces diverses, remise des prix, etc.

]]> Publications Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:27:59 +0000 Tackling Jamaica’s Two Main Agricultural Plagues with ICT’s-two-main-agricultural-plagues-with-ict’s-two-main-agricultural-plagues-with-ict Tackling Jamaica’s Two Main Agricultural Plagues with ICT

Tackling Jamaica’s Two Main Agricultural Plagues with ICT: Praedial Larceny and Information Asymmetries/Poor Marketing

By Tyrone Christopher Hall, from Jamaica : Caribbean Regional Winner and overall all ACP Winner of the CTA ARDYIS Essay contest.

The Problem

It is near dusk here in Glengoffee, a sleepy Jamaican village. Mr. Leslie, a farmer since his teen years, curiously patrols his property.  He patiently counts his cattle, meticulously scans his vegetation and makes a mental note of all his farming assets.  This is his painstaking eventide routine. Yet, he isn’t alone.  He is among the more than 1 in 10 Jamaicans (280,000) directly affected by praedial larceny; more than a million are indirectly affected. Praedial larceny is an organized criminal activity geared at perpetuating the theft of agricultural stocks (Redpath 2010; JIS 2010). It is one of two key problems which are crippling the growth of Jamaica’s agricultural sector. The other challenge is a matter of information asymmetries which hinders the development of a culturally appropriate, efficient and effective marketing system. Having recognized these two key challenges (praedial larceny and information asymmetries/ineffective marketing), I will articulate solutions using Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in a novel and cost-effective manner. First, I will discuss the efficacy of agriculture in Jamaica.

The Context

It is pivotal that Jamaica responds to the problems noted for plaguing its agricultural sector for two primary reasons. First, agriculture accounts for a significant portion of the island’s economy, contributing nearly six percent to its gross domestic product and upwards of 20 percent of its total exports. In fact, the sector employs more than 1 in every 5 (21 percent) working members of the island’s labour force (CARICOM 2009). Second, despite the island’s productive capacity it is not self-sufficient in agricultural products. Upwards of 80 percent of the cereals/cereal products consumed locally are imported, as well as 12 percent of meat and fish. Even more calamitous, a rising proportion of fruits and vegetables consumed by Jamaicans are foreign grown (CARICOM 2009).

The Solution using ICT

Praedial Larceny

Despite the importance of agriculture to the local economy, the two key challenges identified render it highly unattractive. Praedial larceny, for instance, is a vexing issue for farmers and ranks as perhaps the greatest disincentive to the diversification of the islands agricultural sector (George 2001). Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says “every year more than J$5 billion in crops and livestock is stolen”, enough to cripple the ailing sector if left untamed (Redpath 2010; JIS 2010). The problem has bedevilled the island for generations and successive governments have bungled the institution of various measures to combat it. However, the most recent initiative is more cohesive. The Praedial Larceny Prevention Programme seeks to engender awareness about the seriousness of the act, and to ensure that this is reflected in the enforcement measures adopted by law enforcers. The plan also advocates the strengthening of existing laws coupled with stiffer penalties to discourage the practice, as well as the establishment of traceability systems to track the movement of food and animals at all stages. The involvement of various stakeholders in this initiative is also noteworthy (Jamaica-Gleaner 2009; JIS 2010).

However, the plan is more symptomatic rather than preventative as it doesn’t stop a thief from leaving the farmer’s premises with their goods. So, this is very much a matter of security. Farmers across the island have responded by experimenting with costly security options such as contracting a security company, perimeter fencing, and obtaining trained security dogs, which costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain (Thompson 2008; Brown 2007). Given the prevalence and cost effectiveness of various ICT applications locally, I believe a more reliable and efficient preventative system that utilizes this technology exists.

A Mobile Security Innovation

Consequently, I propose what my business partner at Exterbox, Rohan Smith, calls the Electronic Laser Fence Security Alert System-an “out of the box” idea that could curb this costly, ancient problem (2008).  The proposed system is a mobile security innovation to combat praedial larceny. It brings together a mixture of security, electronics and mobile technology to tackle the issue. The system comprises of an invisible laser fence, installed around the area to be secured, which is linked to a mobile communication system. The mobile communication system can send SMS text messages or initiate voice calls to a list of predefined contacts. The integrity of the system is high because the laser fence is not detectable by uninformed intruders. It is also tamper-proof due to its design. There is a remote heartbeat mechanism which monitors the status of the laser fence and reports any operational abnormalities (Smith 2008).

The cost-effective Electronic Laser Fence Security Alert System will trigger an alert via SMS text messaging or by initiating a voice call to the owner’s mobile phone whenever an intruder crosses the laser protected perimeter of his farmland. This will enable the farmer to prevent the theft of his property as he can alert the relevant law enforcement personnel. This is integral as most victims of praedial larceny are not aware of the crime when it is occurring. Their knowledge of the garish act while it is happening will enable them to deter the perpetrators (Smith 2008).

Information Asymmetries/Poor Marketing

Having proposed a mobile security innovation to combat praedial larceny, I believe that the technology can also be used to address another agricultural plague, information asymmetries which inhibit efficient marketing. The economic livelihood of farmers has been hampered by ad hoc marketing systems and information asymmetries for centuries. This is because inadequate communication between producers and buyers results in inadequate planning, and ultimately an unstable market environment.

The problem is more acute today because of the omnipresence of corporate agro-industrial marketing strategies (Hall 2010). Thus, an integrated marketing system for local farming products is needed. This will aid the average farmer to overcome the structural and comparative disadvantages they endure. I envision that ICT may be used to link all the relevant players in the agricultural sector, so as to structure and strengthen the sector.


I propose a SMS Information Database (SMS ID) where farmers may post the cost of their products via SMS text messages or voice calls and retailers, middle-men, and consumers are able to request the lowest costs for a range of agricultural items via SMS text messages or voice calls. This central database for agricultural products cost information, SMS ID, enable farmers of all sorts to advertise their products and gain a better understanding of market trends and their competitors. SMS ID would therefore expose farmers to a larger market and ensure that they get the best price for their products. The rapid spread of mobile phones in Jamaica and the simplicity of the project make this a viable and realistic use of the technology to improve marketing/information asymmetries in the agricultural sector. For instance, Farmer Leslie can text in his prices for his produce - say "yam $100" or "carrot $50"- all these are placed in a database of products and their costs for that week/month. As a consumer/middleman/retailer you can find the ‘going price’ for products by simply texting in the name of the product and the price range you prefer - say "carrot minimum$?", "yam average$?" or "potato highest$?"- and you will receive a text with the associated dollar value (e.g. "the average cost for carrots this week is $50"). One could also text "who has min carrot$?" this could return a text that says "Farmer Leslie [978-5687] has the lowest priced carrots @ $10"… the possibilities are endless with SMS ID.


The possibilities are boundless primarily because of the rapid expansion of ICTs on the island. Nearly two-thirds of the population has access to mobile phones, a decade after the telecoms sector was liberalized and internet access has more than tripled over the same period.  These technologies offer grand opportunities to tackle various problems, not least among them are the two challenges that I argued are Jamaica’s chief agricultural plagues. The challenges identified are praedial larceny and information asymmetries which cause poor marketing of agricultural goods. To combat the first challenge, praedial larceny, I have proposed a mobile security innovation called Electronic Laser Fence Security Alert System which works by triggering an alert via SMS text messaging or by initiating a voice call to the owner’s mobile phone whenever an intruder crosses the laser protected perimeter of his farmland. Similarly, I proposed a SMS Information Database (SMS ID) to eliminate information asymmetries which hinder the proper marketing of agricultural goods in Jamaica. With SMS ID farmers can post the cost for their products via SMS text messages or voice calls and retailers, middle-men, and consumers are able to request the lowest costs for their goods via SMS text messages or voice calls. This central database enables farmers to advertise their products and gain a better understanding of market trends and their competitors. I believe that embracing these novel means of using ICT to make agriculture more tenable and productive in Jamaica is a step towards fully embracing the potential of ICT for the improvement of the local economy.

Works Cited

  • Brown, Ingrid.  “Cattle farmers lose $60 million to praedial thieves in 2005.” January 28, 2007:      Jamaica-Gleaner. July 16, 2010. <            farmers-lose--60-million-to-praedial-thieves-in-2005>
  • CARICOM. “Agriculture Development Profile – Jamaica.” 2009: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. July 31, 2010.      <>
  • George, Claxixte. “Minister of Agriculture Outlines Four-Pronged Strategy to Combat Praedial Larceny.”  December 19, 2001: Press Release.  August 2, 2010. <>
  • JIS. “Tufton says Praedial Larceny Costs up to $5 Billion, yearly.” May 21, 2010: Ministry of Information, Jamaica. July 28, 2010.     < FTON_SAYS_PRAEDIAL_LARCENY_COSTS_UP_TO__5_BILLION__YEARLY_.asp.>.
  • Redpath, Laura. “Anti-Praedial Larceny Initiative Launched.” May 21, 2010: Jamaica-  Gleaner. August 2, 2010. <>
  • Smith, Rohan. Business Conversation. March 23, 2008.
  • The Gleaner. “Government to introduce new measures for praedial larceny” July 16, 2009: Jamaica-Gleaner. July 26, 2010.     <>
  • Thompson, Shelly-Ann. “ATTACKING PRAEDIAL LARCENY - Security costs adding to     increasing food bill.” June 4, 2008: Jamaica-Gleaner. July 26, 2010. <>

Author: Tyrone Christopher Hall, 2010

More information:
- Essay contest announcement document
- Information on finalists
- Announcement of winners following oral presentations in South Africa
- Other best essays and documents


Best essays of the CTA ARDYIS essay contest have been selected by an independent panel of judges. The views expressed in this information product are those of the authors.

]]> Publications Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:59:48 +0000 Interview: Oumy Ndiaye, manager, Communications Services Divisions of CTA

About the CTA/NPCA 2010 Week (November 2001, South Africa) and CTA objectives for activities organized, including the Ardyis project

]]> Autres nouvelles Fri, 26 Nov 2010 07:37:56 +0000 Lauréats du concours de rédaction ARDYIS du CTA

La proclamation des résultats et la remise des prix du concours de rédaction du CTA "Quelles solutions aux défis de l’agriculture et du développement rural à l’ère des TIC  ? Parole aux jeunes !" ont été effectuées le 24 novembre 2010 en Afrique du Sud, à l'occasion de la manifestation "Semaine du CTA/NPCA 2010". Cette proclamation a succédé à l'évaluation des présentations orales des rédactions par les finalistes sélectionnés. Les gagnants sont:

- Afrique Centrale

Gabriel DACKO GOUDJO (Cameroun)

- Africa de l'Est : Le jury n'a pas pu départager les deux finalistes. Ils ont tous été déclarés gagnants. Le CTA s'est engagé à préparer un prix supplémentaire pour le deuxième gagnant. Les deux lauréats sont donc:

Maureen AGENA (Ouganda) et Chris Ngige MWANGI (Kenya)

- Afrique australe


- Afrique de l'Ouest

Itodo Samuel ANTHONY (Nigeria)

- Caraïbes

Tyrone Christopher HALL (Jamaïque)

- Pacifique

Riten Gosai CHAND (Fiji)

Le gagnant suprême, choisi parmi les lauréats régionaux, est Tyrone Christopher Hall (Jamaïque)

Les lauréats régionaux recevront chacun 1 000 euros et d'autres récompenses en nature, tandis que le grand gagnant recevra en supplément 500 Euros (soit 1500 euros au total). Les gagnants ont également reçu un trophée. Le gagnant suprême a reçu au total deux trophées.

Deux finalistes n'ont pas pu être présents à Johannesburg, l'un de l'Afrique centrale et l'autre du Pacifique. Dans ces cas, le jury a tenu essentiellement compte des évaluations des textes soumis. En outre, les finalistes présents ont démontré qu'ils avaient une bonne connaissance des questions décrites dans leurs essais.

Tous les lauréats, ainsi que d'autres meilleurs participants, prendront part à un atelier d'échanges et de formation avancée sur le web2.0 en 2011. Les meilleures contributions seront publiées. Les meilleurs participants auront la possibilité de prendre part à des activités futures du CTA et de ses partenaires.

Le jury était composé de:

- Rajkomar Balraj, Senior Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Productions and Systems Faculty of Agriculture University of Mauritius, Ile Maurice

- Helen Hambly Odame, professeur associé,  School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph, Canada (Mme Odame n'a pas pu se rendre en Afrique du Sud pour les présentations orales).

- Annie Chéneau-Loquay, Directrice de recherche, spécialiste des TIC pour le développement, Sciences Po- Bordeaux, CNRS, France

Les trophées ont été remis par d'éminentes personnalités dont le Docteur Mayaki, Chef du Secrétariat Exécutif du NEPAD (il a donné le trophée au vainqueur suprême) et M. Michael Hailu, Directeur du CTA (il a donné les prix pour la région Afrique de l'Est).

Cette cérémonie très joyeuse a été précédée par la remise des prix du concours de photographies "People's Choice" organisé par le CTA dans le cadre du séminaire annuel sur la gestion de l'eau (autre activité du CTA dans le cadre de la Semaine CTA/NPCA). La soirée a été en outre agrémentée de musique et de danse sud-africaines.

Le concours de rédaction constitue l’une des activités organisées par le CTA pour commémorer l’Année Internationale de la Jeunesse instituée par les Nations Unies.

Plus d'informations sur les finalistes et leurs profiles ici

]]> Nouvelles du projet Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:54:33 +0000 Concours de rédaction Ardyis - Profiles des finalistes et textes soumis

A l’occasion de la finale du concours de rédaction ARDYIS qui aura lieu les 22 et 23 novembre 2010 en Afrique du Sud, veuillez trouver ici (document pdf) une compilation des résumés des rédactions soumises par les finalistes. – Dans cette compilation, les neuf premiers textes sont en anglais et les trois autres en français. Le document comporte également une petite note de présentation des finalistes.

Les textes gagnants ainsi que d'autres meilleurs textes soumis seront ultérieurement publiés en intégralité.

Plus d’information sur le concours ici

]]> Nouvelles du projet Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:12:49 +0000