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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.

Did you know or remember that the two best bloggers of the 2014 Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) were women? We also had a Special Prize for the Best Female Blogger. (Re)Discover them and their blogs that they are still updating!

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: http://bit.ly/1ENaNRo

Monday, 08 December 2014 08:24

Apply now: CTA Youth Call for Proposals

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation is a joint international institution of the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It provides access to information and knowledge, facilitates policy dialogue and strengthens the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities.

1. Problématique

Pour nourrir une population mondiale croissante, qui devrait atteindre 9 milliards en 2050, la production alimentaire devra augmenter d'au moins 70% (FAO, 2013). Augmenter la production alimentaire et prendre en compte le vieillissement de la population agricole exigent l’engagement accru de jeunes dans le secteur agricole. Ceci  est nécessaire, non seulement pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire, mais également pour soutenir le développement économique des pays dépendant fortement de l’agriculture.



And the winner is… Node420, from Jamaica. The team’s application, also called Node420, offers real-time weather analysis and automatic yield forecasts for farmers. The AgriHack Talent Caribbean contest, organised by CTA and partners, came to a close during the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture, held this week in Paramaribo, Suriname. The winning teams designed agricultural apps that can forecast crop yields, improve pest management and put farmers in touch with market outlets.

Eight Caribbean Technology and Innovation Hubs have been selected to participate in the Agrihack Talent Caribbean competition, which seeks to support the development of ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by young tech talent. The event is being staged by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with institutions including the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and ConnectiMass Hub (cHub).

(Post written by Outbox Hub in Uganda)

Ensibuuko is a web and mobile application that enables savings and credit cooperative societies (SACCOs) of smallholder  rural farmers mobilise savings, receive and disburse loans easily and quickly using SMS and Mobile money.

Monday, 01 September 2014 17:08

Hackathon launches apps for agriculture



Poor access to credit and savings, uncertainty about which fertiliser to use, difficulties in attracting capital and ensuring efficient farm management – these are some of the most intractable problems facing small-scale farmers in ACP countries, so addressing them can make all the difference between success and failure.

Monday, 01 September 2014 16:32

Agrihack Talent Caribbean! launched

The AgriHack Talent Caribbean initiative has been launched with the planning meeting that was held in Jamaïca. A Call for Expression of Interest will be launched on 2 August 2014 to the attention of Caribbean labs and hubs interested to partner on the programme.

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