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Sunday, April 13, 2014

CTA collaborate AYE on Girls in ICT Day 2014

In the context of the International Girls in ICT Day, plans have been conclude by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with the African Youth Foundation (AYF) is organising an e-debate entitled “Enhancing Young Women’s engagement in ICT and Agriculture” on the ARDYIS discussion group ( from 16th April – 7th May 2014, reports NaijaAgroNet.

During the three weeks e-debate, NaijaAgroNet gathered that several themes and questions will be addressed and some key matter experts from different organisations will be participating in the debate and answering to youth’s questions.

NaijaAgroNet recollects that in 2011, the International Communication Union (ITU) launched the ‘Girls and ICT Day’ to celebrate girls’ interests and strengths in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and to encourage them to choose a career in this area. Since then, it is being celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April, through different events organised globally.

Some of the objectives of this e-debate are to “Discuss the objectives and the use of ICT by young girls and women in the agricultural sector and share experiences from various ACP countries.”

Alos CTA officials revealed that to discuss the opportunities, challenges faced and perspectives regarding the use of ICT by young women in agriculture or ICT entrepreneurs offering services for the agricultural sector; and contribute to the celebration of the International Girls in ICT Day.

Further, NaijaAgroNet learnt that the primary target group for this e-debate are youths  between the ages of 15 and 35 years) interested or involved in ICT or Agriculture, especially young girls and women.

This includes women agropreneurs and women developing ICT solutions for agriculture. Organisations supporting young women in these activities are also targeted. Finally, any person or organisation interested or working in this area is most welcomed to join the debate.

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