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 09:17:25 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 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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]]> Awards 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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]]> Awards Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:02:16 +0000 Winners of the 2016 Pitch AgriHack contest announced!

Pitch AgriHack, which aims to accelerate youth-led e-agriculture entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods and food security, unveiled the winners of the 2016 pitching event. The announcement was made during an award ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24 November 2016. The competition was hotly contested with 25 finalists, selected out of 152 e-agriculture startups from across Africa and the Caribbean. Before the announcement of winners, finalists benefited from a training boot camp on 22 November at Ihub Nairobi, focused on offering successful business services in e-agriculture. The finalists were also coached on how to pitch effectively. On 23 November, they presented their services publicly before a jury and an audience composed of agriculture and ICT experts and institutions, including venture capitals. 

The panel of judges consisted of McKenzie Slaughter, from Prohaus VC (venture capital firm, United States); Niraj Varia, from Novastar Ventures (venture catalyst firm, East Africa), Hervé Pillaud, from the Vendée Chamber of Agriculture (France) and Agreenstartup (agriculture startup competition); Jermaine Henry, from Devlabs (venture capital firm, Americas), Ralph von Kaufmann, from Hakika Ltd (UK), and Peris Bosire from FarmDrive (startup, Kenya).

Pitch AgriHack 2016 was organised by CTA in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa.

Grants to enhance and scale up services offered to farmers

Four startups were selected as official winners: three in the early stage category and one in the advanced stage category

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]]> Awards Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:19:37 +0000 Supporting youth in agriculture networking through social reporting

There is a general perception that youth in agriculture, perhaps like their counterparts in other fields, often find themselves on the fringes of regional and global agricultural development discourses due a number of factors – among which are limited access to resources and platforms that can aid their active participation.

To address this concern, several governments and development organisations working with youth have, in the past years, developed strategies to engage youth in agriculture, encourage their participation in agriculture development discussions, and stimulate their energies towards contributing to finding solutions to some of agriculture’s problems – especially in the developing world.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has been one of the organisations at the forefront of this provision of support to youth in agriculture. Drawing on its Youth Strategy, which defines its engagement with young people in the field, CTA has made and continues to make significant contributions to the appeal of agriculture as a profession for youth and the development of young people engaged in the field.


One interesting way (among others) CTA contributes to the development of youth in agriculture is through the organisation and facilitation of social reporting activities within the framework of agricultural conferences hosted by the organisation or its partners. These activities enable youth to use social media tools and applications to disseminate live reports from such conferences and workshops (among others), individually and collectively.


Social reporting activities also provide the platform to reach out to a wider audience especially those who are not physically present at the event, in addition to helping those present but limited by ability to only sit-in at one side event to follow the summary of discussions in other side-events. Social reporting deepens engagement by allowing feedback from the online audience to the conference organisers, speakers and panellists.

This interactive platform helps youth in agriculture to be able to refine their own views and to engage with older professionals they may encounter difficulty in accessing in other circumstances. It also helps youth to showcase their own knowledge and grasp of the themes of the conference and contribute their ideas to the discussions – possibly opening up professional or entrepreneurial opportunities to these youth.

In the past years, CTA has either organised or co-organised a number of these social reporting activities with impressive results in terms of engagement analytics and the feedback from the youth involved. See details on the activities below:

ICT4Ag Conference 2013 – Kigali, Rwanda

This was a social reporting fully organised by CTA within the framework of its conference on ICT for agriculture held in Kigali, Rwanda from 4 – 8 November, 2013. The were 15 social reporters in all.



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Fin4Ag Conference 2014 – Nairobi, Kenya



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Pacific Agri-Tourism Week 2015 – Nadi, Fiji



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Caribbean-Pacific Agri-Food Forum 2015 (CPAF2015) – Bridgetown, Barbados



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7th Africa Agriculture Science Week 2016 (AASW7) – Kigali, Rwanda



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Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 (CWA2016) – Grand Cayman, Cayman Island



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Blending4Ag Conference 2016 – Brussels, Belgium



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Forum on Cassava in Central Africa 2016 – Yaoundé, Cameroon



]]> Others news Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:38:43 +0000 Atelier sur l’Apprentissage de l’outil web 2.0 et des médias sociaux pour le développement’apprentissage-de-l’outil-web-20-et-des-médias-sociaux-pour-le-développement’apprentissage-de-l’outil-web-20-et-des-médias-sociaux-pour-le-développement

Il s’est tenu à Kinshasa, du 29 février au 04 mars 2016, un atelier sur “Opportunité d'apprentissage du Web 2.0 et des Médias Sociaux (web2fordev)”. Organisé par le Centre technique de coopération agricole et rurale ACP-UE (CTA) et l’Institut international d'agriculture tropicale (IITA) en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), cet atelier était une opportunité pour initier quelques agripreneurs et autres participants à une sélection d’applications du Web 2.0 et apprendre à les utiliser de manière pratique et participative. Les participants, parmi lesquels nous trouvons quelques agripreneurs, ont eu l’opportunité de suivre et de prendre part à la pratique de ces applications innovantes.

Il a fallu juste cinq jours de concentration pour que les participants à l’atelier sur le Web2fordev se rendent compte qu’ils venaient d’être dotés des outils capables de booster le développement dans leur secteur d’activités respectives. Ils ont été initié à des outils fondamentales du Web2fordev, notamment la recherche multilingue avancée; le RSS, les alertes automatiques, la curation de contenu ; la collaboration à distance ; la cartographie en ligne ; la conversation en ligne ; les photos pour le web ; le blog ; le micro-blogging ; le réseautage social et les communautés de pratique en ligne. La sélection des modules a été adaptée aux profils des participants qui ont été sélectionnés dans plusieurs organismes et dans de domaines différents.


Si, lors de la première journée, les choses ont semblé quelque peu floues, dès la deuxième journée, les participants ont vite réalisé qu’avec les principes de base de la première journée, ils avaient, comme par un coup de baguette magique, la facilité soudaine d’adaptation à cet outil important pour le développement. Ainsi, très vite, chaque participant a commencé à intérioriser et projeter en quoi pouvez lui servir le Web2fordev dans l’immédiat par rapport à son métier ou sa formation. Cela a stimulé une interaction très riche à l’image de la diversité des participants (géographes, agronome, internationaliste, journaliste, administratif, chercheur, etc.) permettant à ces derniers de vite matérialisé des ébauches de leurs ambitions naissantes respectives.

Les participants ont expérimentés les possibilités de l’utilisation des notions acquises dans un cadre professionnel. Ceci a été par exemple le cas de Ghislain Mbesse, Chargé de communication d’IITA Youth Agripreneurs Kinshasa (IYAKIN). Grâce aux notions acquises, Ghislain Mbesse a été, déjà en quatre jours, capable de faire une ébauche d’un Blog pour IYAKIN. Dans son blog en cours de réalisation, mais déjà disponible au public, (, en plus d’un design attrayant, Ghislain Mbesse y a déjà insérer cinq articles et cinq “pages” en rapport avec les différentes activités du programme Youth Agripreneurs.


Cette formation vient donc de répondre à un objectif multiple et important de ce programme relatif à la mise en place d’un forum pour interaction, le stockage de toutes les données possibles, facilite l’accès à l’information, la collaboration à distance pour la création, la publication et le partage de l'information.


]]> Others news Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:23:16 +0000 Call for submission of articles


ICT Update magazine is looking for articles for the forthcoming issue, which will focus on ICT entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector (or e-agriculture entrepreneurship), especially by young entrepreneurs.

CTA is interested in articles that explore and present case studies on ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship, especially led by young entrepreneurs (below 40 years of age). More specifically, they are interested in articles dealing with:

  • the opportunities and challenges that occur in e-agriculture entrepreneurship,
  • the nature and market of that kind of entrepreneurship, opportunities for youth employment,
  • the impacts of ICT entrepreneurship on agricultural development, and the implementation of profitable business models.
  • Other relevant topics include funding and investments issues, women entrepreneurs, tips for e-agriculture entrepreneurs for collaboration with telecom operators, etc.

For more information see the link:

]]> Others news Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:40:37 +0000 Meet the CTA-sponsored Social Reporters at #AASW7


To support the outreach of the 7th Africa Agricultural Science Week (AASW7) which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 13-16 June 2016, and amplify the outreach of the outcomes of the conference, CTA has supported 8 young social reporters from across Africa to join their colleagues from YPARD in Rwanda for a social reporting activity in the framework of the AASW7 conference. Today, they are kick-starting event with a training for the social reporters. A total number of 28 On-site Reporters will work together with a larger, close to 200, team of online reporters for this event.

Meet the on-site reporters. You can start following them on Twitter!

Coulibaly Minata (Burkina Faso)
Twitter handle: @CoulMinata

Abe Oluwayomi Kayode (Nigeria)
Organisation: Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development HTQS-Abuja
Twitter handle: @yommgold

Wachira Emmie Kio (Kenya)
Organisation: YPARD Global Coordination Office
Twitter handle: @kioemmie

Birindwa Banyanga (Congolese(DR))
Twitter handle: @birindwa_arsene

Kouagheu Chemou Josiane Michael (Cameroon)
Organisation: Independent Journalist
Twitter handle: @josianekouagheu / @afriksansfaim

Diarra Assetou (Mali)
Twitter handle: @astaoo

Kenon Christel (Republic of Benin)
Organisation: Young Pioneers for Development ONG
Twitter handle: @Christelkenou

Zvavanyange Raymond Erick (Zimbabwe)
Organisation: YPARD Zimbabwe
Twitter handle: @Christelkenou

In the last week, the social reporters, together with the online team, had also engaged in a pre-conference e-discussion themed “youth and agriculture sciences in Africa” with the focus on 3 sub-themes.

Theme 1: Institutional systems and policies for making science work for African agriculture

Theme 2: Sustainable financing of Science, Technology and Innovation for African agriculture

Theme 3: Human capital development and the Youth

The e-discussions were facililated by the following members of the social reporting team (both onsite and remote):

•    Theme 1: Institutional systems and policies for making science work for African agriculture (Ado Woldu – English; Carole Ricco – French)
•    Theme 2: Sustainable financing of Science, Technology and Innovation for African agriculture (Djamila Mathu – English; Ily Sombé Abraham – French)
•    Theme 3: Human capital development and the Youth (Olumide Idowu – English; Louis Agbokou – French)

Two other facilitators, Oyindamola Asaaju (English) and Vanessa Linda Kapche (French) provided overall support to the facilitation of all the themes and will be helping with the summary report of the discussions.


]]> Others news Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:28:57 +0000 Social Reporting at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7)

FARA and CTA, in collaboration with YPARD and GFAR, are organising a social reporting activity in the framework of the FARA 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7) from 13 – 16 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. To promote the event, its sessions, key messages and outcomes, about two hundred young social reporters (onsite and remote reporters) have been selected to cover the event.

For CTA, social reporting is a means to support capacity building and networking for youth in agriculture, apart from contributing to promote knowledge sharing on agricultural development challenges and opportunities. Therefore, CTA is supporting 8 young social reporters from across Africa (active in the CTA ARDYIS network) to join their Rwandan colleagues (from YPARD) for the social reporting.

The activity includes a day training session on the effective use of social reporting tools for selected onsite social reporters, followed by 4 days of using those skills for active social reporting, engaging conference participants and contributing to the overall outreach of the outcomes the science week. They will be supported by the online team, via social media, to amplify and increase the reach of the communication content that will generated onsite.

Pre-Conference e-Discussions

In addition, an e-discussion is organised by CTA around the themes of the science week to kick-start the engagement and to update social reporters and improve their understanding on some of the important issues that are linked to the themes of the conference. The e-discussion will hold from 06 – 11 June 2016, and is themed: “Youth and agriculture sciences in Africa”. 

Specifically, the e-discussion is focusing on 3 themes of the conference (out of the total 5), while encouraging the discussants to respond to specific questions that are related to the themes. These themes are:

Theme 1: Institutional systems and policies for making science work for African agriculture

Theme 2: Sustainable financing of Science, Technology and Innovation for African agriculture

Theme 3: Human capital development and the Youth

The e-discussion is facilitated by eight volunteers (4 French; 4 English) from the social reporting group – which is another means of actively providing the space for young people to build their capacity – with the support of CTA, FARA, GFAR and YPARD. These facilitators will guide the discussions and summarise the key issues and points raised daily. At the end of the e-discussions, a mini-report based on youth’s perspectives on the themes of the science week will be put together.

The activity is implemented at CTA through the Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project. Both onsite and best remote social reporters will receive certificates of participation at the end of the event.

  • For more information on the FARA Africa Agriculture Science Week see:
  • Follow the hashtag #AASW7 on Twitter and Facebook to stay informed on the activities of the science week.
  • Follow FARA Blog and CTA Blog for conference reports from the social reporter
  • Follow CTA – ARDYIS on Twitter: @ardyis_cta for live tweets


]]> Others news Tue, 07 Jun 2016 13:25:24 +0000 Call for Online Social Reporters - 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7)

NB: Message pour les francophones: Les jeunes francophones intéressés peuvent également prendre part à cette activité et envoyer leurs contributions en français.

In the framework of the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7), the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), in collaboration with YPARD, will be organising a social reporting activity.  The event will be held from 13th to 16th June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Specific objectives
The specific objectives of Social Reporting project are to:
•    Raise awareness mainly during and after the Africa Agriculture Science Week on the topics/sessions of the conference through a strong online presence and promotion;
•    Enable direct and indirect stakeholders who are not physically present at the event to be updated on the conference sessions and as much as possible engage them in discussions;
•    Use social media as an advocacy tool and share discussions (challenges and recommendations) from the sessions;
•    Strengthen the knowledge and networking of youth and their organisations in the area of agricultural science, technology and innovation, as well as in social media reporting;
•    Contribute to improving the development of youth in agriculture in Africa.

CTA’s involvement will be in the framework of its ARDYIS project, which focuses on improving the development and building the capacity of youth in agriculture.

The social reporting team is composed of 2 sub-teams; on-site social reporters and online social reporters. This call is launched only for online social reporters.

Online social reporters
Young social media enthusiasts interested in contributing remotely to the reporting on the event can join the social reporting team that will participate on site.

Social reporting for the Africa Agriculture Science Week is a voluntary task.

Selection criteria
•    Being aged between 15 and 35 years
•    Be a National of ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) or EU (European Union) countries;
•    Be involved or strongly interested in agriculture or related fields;
•    Proven basic skills in the use of social media for reporting;
•    Be competent in the use of French or English language;
•    Be a good communicator and commit to contribute actively to the Social Reporting activity

Benefits and value for online social reporters
•    Being part of the team will provide various networking opportunities.
•    Highly committed members of the remote social reporters’ team will receive e-certificates at the end of the event.

How to Apply/Deadline
All persons interested in being part of the online/remote social reporting team have to fill out this form by 3 June, 2016.

Interested remote reporters will be informed of their selection and about the modalities to contribute to the social reporting team remotely.

This activity is coordinated by CTA (through the ARDYIS Project) and FARA. Further information or clarification can be directed by email to the ARDYIS project team at with “Africa Agriculture Science Week 2016 Social Reporting” as subject line.


About the event
The Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) is an event that is organised every three years by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and its partners. The 7th AASW will be holding from 13th – 16th June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. The overall objective is to create a space for all stakeholders involved in African agricultural science, technology and innovation (STI) space to reflect on achievements and come up with strategies and actions directed at enhancing the contribution of agricultural STI towards facilitating Africa’s economic and social transformation.

Thus, the event will welcome agricultural stakeholders from all around Africa and others participants with interest in African agricultural STI. The overall theme is “Apply Science, Impact Livelihoods” organised around five key sub-themes, which are: institutional systems and policies for making science work for African agriculture; sustainable productivity growth, value chains and profitable agribusinesses; human capital development and the Youth; sustainable financing of Science, Technology and Innovation for African agriculture; and megatrends in African Agriculture.

]]> Others news Thu, 26 May 2016 14:15:39 +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).


For more details, see the link:

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