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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.

ICT UpdateICT Update magazine is looking for articles for our forthcoming issue of March-April on Youth and ICTs.

We would like to hear from anyone working on agricultural or rural development projects involving young people in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, where ICTs (mobile phones, computers, GIS, email, internet, radio, TV, etc) are used to improve employment opportunities or to encourage an interest in traditional agricultural practices.

I first heard about The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) when I joined Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) as an information and Communications officer in 2008, through a project that CTA was funding known as “Enhancing Access to Agricultural Information” in Northern Uganda. I had earlier on read a couple of books published by CTA from NARO-Kawanda but I had never clearly understood what CTA’s mandate was.

Friday, 18 November 2011 13:20

Benin youth drives African innovation

Do you have an idea? Maybe to provide cheap electricity generators to the people in your town? Or have you invented a machine that would test the African soil and point farmers in the right direction on what crops to plant? If the idea is good and you are struggling to get the project off the ground, a group of young people from Benin might have the solution.

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.

21 September 2011, Porto Novo, Benin. Seventy-one youths have completed a month-long training on various aspects of agricultural production at the Songhai Centre in Porto Novo, the political capital of Benin, as part of an ECOWAS capacity building programme to encourage and empower Community youth for self employment.

The training was organized by the Ouagadougou-based ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre, in collaboration with the Songhai Centre, one of the regional centres of excellence recognized by ECOWAS for youth development.

Engaging the youth in future agricultural developments in Africa will take centre stage at Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Annual Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue in Swaziland on 19-23 September 2011 (www.fanrpan.org).

“The time is now to ensure that the youth are part of decisions about the future of agriculture in Africa – they are after all the generation that will have to ensure that the continent’s growing population is fed,” says FANRPAN Chief Executive Officer Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda. ”It is the responsibility of current leaders in agriculture to ensure the involvement of the youth in development– and that is what we plan to do.”

A few days before the meeting of Agriculture Ministers of the G20 countries, ONE * has organized a meeting between some journalists and Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Executive Secretary of the Agency of NEPAD and former Prime Minister of Niger, which analyzes here, the future of the continent. Excerpts follow.



NB : The deadline to submit entries has been extended to 25 September 2011 for North African entrants. For the other African regions, sufficient entries has been received and the contest is closed.

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) have joined forces in celebrating NEPAD’s 10th Anniversary. The two institutions are jointly organising within this framework two competitions:

  • An essay competition on the theme “Looking at ICTs and entrepreneurship in agriculture and rural development through the eyes of women and the youth”. The competition is open to young African people, between 18 and 35 years. Students, journalists, and young entrepreneurs, are particularly encouraged to participate. Each winner will win EUR 1000 and participate in the celebration of NEPAD’s 10th Anniversary! For more information, read the announcement of the essay competition here.
  • A photo competition on the theme: “Looking at ICTs, agriculture and climate change in Africa through the eyes of women and the youth”. This competition is open to amateur and professional African photographers. The winners will receive a prize trophy of EUR 800 and have the opportunity to join the NEPAD’s 10th Anniversary! More information are available on the announcement of the photo competition here.

Entries will be submitted in English or French. The Awards recognize excellence across a number of categories (one targeting particularly women). The competitions aim notably to contribute to reflecting over the advancement of  the African development agenda and to recognize young talents.

NB: Download the announcements in pdf directly here:

Theme: Advocating for the active Engagement of the Youth in the Agricultural Value Chain
Date: 19 - 23 September 2011, Manzini, Swaziland
The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is a regional policy research and advocacy network whose operations are informed by major regional policy frameworks and processes in Southern Africa. FANRPAN is organising a high level policy dialogue.
As part of the event, pre-dialogue meetings will take place such as Journalists Training Workshops and CAADP Non State Actors Workshops. Then, the Dialogue will focus on Youth in Agriculture via CAAPD opportunities for Youth, Youth in Markets for Africa's Green Revolution, Youth and Rural Livelihoods and Social Protection and different case studies in Innovative Youth initiatives.
Note that this activity is implemented in partnership with CTA.

More information see this link.

The international conference on ‘Young People, Farming & Food: The Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa’ will be held on 19-21 March 2012 in Accra Ghana and will be organised by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER).

They invite papers that offer rigorous analysis from various critical perspectives around the topics and questions mentioned in the announcement. They also encourage comparative studies and welcome proposals for thematic panels.

The deadline is on August 31, 2011.

To read the announcement, please follow this link

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