Project news 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 09:29:35 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Launch of the Fish Farming AgriHack in West Africa

New innovations continue to revolutionise the way we carry out fish farming. In an increasingly digital world, mobile solutions are also being called upon to tackle some of the challenges that the sector faces.

In line with this, the Youth-Enabled Fish Farming AgriHack (YEFFA) project was selected last year by CTA following the launch of its Youth call for proposals. The objective of the project is to use information technology to help solve challenges in the fish farming value chains in Nigeria, Benin and Togo. The initiative is led by Wennovation Hub (an ICT innovation centre in Nigeria) in collaboration with e-triLabs and Woelab (ICT innovation centres in Benin and Togo respectively) and the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND).

YEFFA is an adaptation of the AgriHack Talent Initiative that CTA has been championing, which aims to support ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by youth up to 35 years old.

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]]> Project news Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:12:53 +0000 Meet the winners of the Durban AgriHack Talent Challenge

The winners of the Durban AgriHack Talent Challenge, which took place from 28 November to 02 December 2015 in Durban in South Africa, were announced on 2nd December, at the closing ceremony of the Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture, African Edition (GFIA Africa).

For more information, go to event's website

]]> Project news Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:49:17 +0000 The Durban AgriHack Challenge is now open: Win cash prize and develop your career opportunities!

After the successful implementation of two editions of the AgriHack Talent initiative, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is pleased to launch the Durban Agrihack Talent Challenge!

This event is organised in the framework of the Global Forum on Innovations in Agriculture in Africa (GFIA Africa) Conference, in collaboration with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).  AgriHack Talent encompasses a series of activities at the heart of which a national or regional hackathon competition is organised, including capacity building, entrepreneurship support in ICT and agriculture, promotion of the products developed and of best young Talents.

The hackathon will be held in Durban, South Africa, from 28th November to 2nd December 2015. The event is aimed at promoting Youth ICT Innovations and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture in view to support youth livelihoods and  innovations in the agro-food sector.

Apply by the 8 November 2015!

Students and young professionals residing in South Africa are invited to create multi-disciplinary teams comprising of ICT and Agriculture specialists and register to compete in either: Category 1: Climate change; Category 2: Start-up or Category 3: Agricultural Magazine. The successful teams from the three categories can win up to 14,000 Euros in cash prize, throughout incubation or opportunity for consultancy after the hackathon! Capacity building will also be provided and best products developed will be promoted through various means!

For this new edition, teams involved in categories 1 and 3 will make use of agricultural and climate change open data. During the hackathon, experts will offer valuable advice to the competitors in areas of business management, ICT service development and agricultural challenges.

To take part, you must first read carefully the rules and information on the challenges on this website and then register here.  About 10 teams composed of up to 4 members will be selected and supported to participate!

2015 Global Week of entrepreneurship

As part of the preparations for the Durban AgriHack Challenge and also to celebrate the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week, CTA will be organising online capacity building sessions during the week of 16th November on developing ICT services and products for the agricultural sector. Teams registered in the Durban AgriHack initiative will take part in these sessions.

The event is organised as part of the activities of CTA’s “Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society” (ARDYIS) project. Other partners of the event include the DUT incubator Invotech, the association Geekulcha and mLab South Africa!

A hackathon is an event during which computer programmers (and development stakeholders when required) collaborate intensively to develop an ICT application or platform addressing a specific challenge.

For more information, please visit: and follow updates with @ardyis_cta and #agrihack

Article originally published on the Durban AgriHack Website.

]]> Project news Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:14:16 +0000 Calling Young Social Reporters to apply for the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum! Win a consultancy!

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with various partners is organising the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum from 02 – 06 November 2015 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The purpose of this forum is to bring together diverse actors from the Caribbean and Pacific, who are part of the agri-food system, to engage in collective actions that can contribute to the transformative efforts of agriculture and the rural milieu.

The forum will be implemented over five days. It consists of 12 workshops that will run as parallel sessions during the first three days and an Agri-business Forum during the last two days. In addition, learning journeys, business networking and side events on specific topics will also take place before, during and after the forum.

Social reporting for the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum

To raise awareness on the event, engage on-site participants and reach out to a wider audience remotely, CTA would like to support the participation of some young social reporters for the online coverage of the event.

The social reporting team will be composed of 2 sub-teams; on-site social reporters and online social reporters.

On-site social reporters

13 social reporters will be selected to participate in a two-days’ training on the use of digital media for social reporting. A significant part of the training will be focused on the production of multimedia content to promote the agribusiness case studies presented at the forum. Overall, the training will provide an opportunity for the reporters to get hands-on experience, ask questions and practice.

At the end of the forum, the social reporters will be awarded a certificate. Out of the 13 youths, 10 will be from the Caribbean region, and 3 will be from Barbados, the host country.

From the 13 on-site social reporters, up to 3 might be selected for a consultancy in the framework of which they will fully document some multimedia agribusiness case studies.

Online social reporters

Other interested social media enthusiasts who are not from the Caribbean region, but have an interest in social reporting, will have the opportunity to be part of the larger social reporting team that will participate and contribute remotely (online) to the outreach of the event.

Social reporting for the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum is a voluntary task. However, CTA will be covering the cost of travel, accommodation, food and daily subsistence allowances for the 13 selected on-site social reporters. This opportunity forms part of CTA and the ARDYIS Project’s strategy to support the youth by involving them in its activities and building their capacity.

Selection criteria for social reporters

On-site Reporters:

  • Be a National of *ACP Caribbean country;
  • Be aged between 18 and 30 years;
  • Be involved in agricultural economics, agribusiness, entrepreneurship or related fields;
  • Possess proven basic skills in the use of social media;
  • Be competent in the use of English language;
  • Be a good communicator and commit to contribute actively to the Social Reporting Team before and during the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum;
  • Be in position to take along a WIFI-enabled laptop to the training and the Caribbean-Pacific Agri-Food Forum;
  • Available to attend the social reporting training and the Forum in Bridgetown from 31 October – 06 November 2015;
  • Be in possession of a passport with a validity date at least six months beyond the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum (at least until 08 May 2016). Note: This criterion is not applicable to Nationals of Barbados.

Online Reporters

  • There is no restriction on the age and country for remote social reporters
  • Being part of the team will provide various networking and capacity building opportunities.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying, please complete this online form:

Note: All candidates interested in being part of the social reporting team (both on-site and online) have to complete the application form.

Please submit your application by 03 October, 2015 (23:59 CEST)

The selected social reporters will be notified by 9 October 2015 receiving a confirmation letter. The other applicants will also be notified about the outcome of their application and informed about the modalities to contribute to the social reporting team remotely.


Further information or clarification can be directed by email to the ARDYIS project team at with “Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum Social Reporting” as subject line.

List of Caribbean ACP Countries

Antigua and Barbuda - Belize - Bahamas - Barbados - Cuba - Dominican Republic – Dominica - Grenada - Guyana - Haiti – Jamaica - Saint Christopher and Nevis - Saint Vincent and Grenadines - Saint Lucia - Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago.

]]> Project news Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:35:08 +0000 CTA wins international prize for youth and ICTs project

CTA’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project has won an international award in the 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. After being shortlisted earlier this year, the ARDYIS entry was proclaimed winner of the e-agriculture category following a round of online voting and a review by a panel of experts of the three projects receiving the most votes.

Ken Lohento, Programme Coordinator, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and in charge of ARDYIS at CTA, collected the prestigious award during an official ceremony held on 26 May in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the WSIS Forum 2015. The annual event represents the world's largest gathering of the ICTs for Development community.

The WSIS Project Prize, an award scheme set up in 2011 by the United Nations, rewards contestants for their efforts in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs. With 18 categories, the contest provides a platform to showcase success stories and models that can be easily replicated.

Read the full article on the CTA Website:

]]> Project news Wed, 27 May 2015 07:43:16 +0000 Young woman in ICT4Ag: a case-study of FarmDrive

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is very often perceived as a male-dominated field. But CTA's experience through the Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project, has shown quite a different picture.

For example, the first prize winners of the two editions of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) have been young women. Similarly, many team members who participated in the Agri-Hack Talent initiatives to develop ICT solutions to agriculture challenges were young women, and a female team (Agri-Info from Tanzania) even won one of the prizes.

Far from being uninterested in the ICT sector and having a lesser presence compared to their male counterparts, young women in ICT and agriculture are making a difference and creating a positive impact in their society. To mark this year's International Girls in ICT Day, we share the story of Peris Bosire, the co-founder of FarmDrive from Kenya (one of the finalists of the AgriHack activity in 2013), and a great example of the possibilities for young women in ICTs and agriculture.

Read more on the CTA corporate website:

Article originally published on the CTA website


]]> Project news Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:42:35 +0000 New infographic showing impact of the ARDYIS project on youth and ICT4Ag!

Since its launch in 2010, the ARDYIS project by CTA has been supporting youth in agriculture and ICT from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

In 2014, an external evaluation of the ARDYIS project and its activities since 2010 was conducted, and the results of this evaluation revealed some interesting statistics about ARDYIS. We are pleased to share some of these key findings in our new infographic below, showing the impact of the ARDYIS project on youth and ICT for Agriculture in ACP countries. We hope you will like it and will share in your networks!

As you may also know, ARDYIS has been nominated for the 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes. Please vote for us to better put youth in agriculture and youth in ICT issues in the limelight. Voting instructions are here: Voting will take only 15 minutes of your time!

Discover our new infographic:

]]> Project news Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:53:29 +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

]]> Project news Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:34:58 +0000 Vote for ARDYIS to support youth in agriculture and ICT - WSIS Project Prizes 2015!

We are very pleased to announce that CTA’s ARDYIS (Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society) programme has been nominated for the WSIS Project Prizes in the category 13 (e-agriculture)!

WSIS Project Prizes recognise the efforts of stakeholders for their added value to society and commitment towards achieving the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) goals. The winners will be selected from the three (3) most voted projects and will be announced at the WSIS Forum 2015, to be held in May 2015 in Switzerland. 

Through initiatives such as agriculture blog competitions (YoBloCo Awards), the support to ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship by youth (AgriHack Talent), Web 2.0 training targeted to youth, Social Reporting at various agricultural events, and the constant interactions with youth via its mailing lists since 2010, the ARDYIS Programme has supported youth in agriculture and strengthened youth capacities and opportunities in ICT for agriculture (e-Agriculture) in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Find out more on the impact of ARDYIS here:

Vote right now! - Read the instructions till the end first.

The voting process for the WSIS Project Prizes has started and it’s time to support and vote for ARDYIS!

Here are the steps you need to follow to vote:

  1. Go to: - Log in if you/your organisation are already registered on the WSIS platform, or register by clicking on the link « click here » on that page (link in blue).
    If you are not registered, provide your contact details on the page. A confirmation message will be sent to you automatically by a WSIS account – check your email (if needed your spam box) and click on the confirmation link ; go back to WSIS Prize homepage or to and log in

  2. Once you have logged in, you will be required to provide your organisation's name and country

  3. Read the voting instructions if needed, or go directly to the « Vote » tab (see image below)

  4. You can now start voting. Under the Voting tab, you will find a list of projects in 18 Categories. ARDYIS is nominated in the category e-agriculture (category 13) ; but you need to vote for one project in each category, from 1 to 18. If not, your vote for ARDYIS will not be counted. Under Category 13, look for the ARDYIS programme, and click on « Vote for this project ...» (see below).

  5. For category 9, please vote for "IMARK: Maximizing information and knowledge for development – project number 1423583324”, which is a project in which CTA is involved; IMARK has notably developed modules on Web 2.0, information management, etc.

  6. You will be asked to confirm your vote for each project in the 18 categories.

  7. After voting for a project in all categories, a thank you message will appear on your screen. Check also your mailbox (if needed wait for some minutes), you should receive a message from WSIS indicating that you have voted. And you are finally done!

Please spread the news to the youth in your organisation and members of your networks, to vote for us to support youth in agriculture and ICT, and put better these issues in the spotlight!



You can also share the messages below on your social networks:


CTA’s ARDYIS programme has been nominated in the category 13 (e-agriculture) of the WSIS Prizes!

Since 2010, ARDYIS has been supporting #youth and #ICT4Ag initiatives via agriculture blog competitions (#YoBloCo Awards), ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship by youth (#AgriHack Talent) etc. in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Support ARDYIS by casting your vote now. More on the voting process here:

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Vote NOW for ARDYIS @ardyis_cta in #WSIS Prizes (Category 13: e-Agriculture) to support #youth in #Agric & #ICT

Thank you for your support. We are counting on you!

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