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Friday, September 25, 2015

CTA seeks on-site reporters for Barbados Agri-Food forum

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) is seeking on-site reporters to participate at the four-day Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food (CPAF) Forum in Bridgetown, Barbados, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The forum slated to hold between November 2 and 6, 2015 is being organized in collaboration with CPAF.

According to the Junior Programme Associate on Information Communication Technology for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) at CTA, Ms Nawsheen Hosenally, disclosed to NaijaAgroNet that 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 could contribute to the transformative efforts of agriculture and the rural milieu.

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

“The on-site reporters will be from the ‪Caribbean region and up to 3 (three) social reporters might be selected for a short consultancy,” she said, noting that anyone from any region or country could apply to be in the online team.

Hosenally further advised that applicants could access the form here.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Breaking News: CTA’s ARDYIS project wins ‪WSIS 2015 prize on e-Agriculture

The Centre for Technical Agriculture (CTA) has emerged winner in the youth category of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2015 prize on e-Agriculture, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Reports reaching NNaijaAgroNet newsroom affirmed that the award was presented in Geneva.
"We are delighted and proud to announce that the ARDYIS project has won the 2015 WSIS Project Prize in the e-Agriculture category at the award ceremony in Geneva during the WSIS Forum 2015," a press statement from CTA made available to NaijaAgroNet read.
ARDYIS, NaijaAgroNet recalled was among the three projects that received the most votes from the public, and the project was selected as the winner in its category after a review by an expert group.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

CTA, UNIPORT conclude Web 2.0 social media course

The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) and The Netherlands-based Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), have concluded a four-day training course on Web 2.0 social media, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The learning opportunities, NaijaAgroNet gathered is the second training progarmme being jointly hosted by UNIPORT and CTA under the theme: “Web 2.0 social media learning opportunities training course.”

This year’s programmed which lasted between October 20 through 24, 2014, NaijaAgroNet also learnt has its primary objective to equip participants with a research and collaboration tool that would facilitate their adoption and dissemination of simple and replicable internet–based technologies and applications.

NaijaAgroNet gathered that the participants were drawn from institutions of higher learning and Research Institutes in South-East and South-South geopolitical zones of Nigeria. 

The opening ceremony which took place at the Elsevier e-Learning room, Donald Ekong Library of the University on the first day was declared open by the Vice Chancellor, UNIPORT, Prof. Joseph Atubokiki Ajineka.

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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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Thursday, October 3, 2013

CTA boss commends CAADP, seeks alliance for smallholder farmers

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The Director, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Mr Michael Hailu, has commended the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), just as he seeks collaboration to uplift the small holder farmers.

Hailu in his remarks as gathered by NaijaAgroNet at the Brussels Development Briefing in Belgium, which focused on 10 years of CAADP, reiterated the fact that by adopting CAADP 10 years ago, African Heads of State had put agriculture at the centre of the development agenda.

The CTA boss also emphasised that CTA and NEPAD's collaboration in a number of areas that include support for smallholder farmers, will lead to positive results in growing agriculture as a key driver for broad-based social and economic growth.

In addition, Mr Steve Wiggins from the Overseas Development Institute maintained that food production in Africa is not as bad as it is made out to be. Mr Wiggins highlighted the example of agricultural growth in West Africa, at an average of 4 per cent a year in the last thirty years as surpassing a number of regions in the world, including some parts of Asia and South America.

Mr Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute, concluded his presentation by maintaining that, "Agricultural growth is not just growth in the sector alone, but also results in economic growth."  Some of the other conclusions of the Briefing in Brussels included the need to create an enabling environment for investment and innovation; and investing in rural public goods, amongst others.

NaijaAgroNet recalls that the 33rd Brussels Briefing was hosted by CTA, the European Commission, the African, Carribean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat and Concord in partnership with NEPAD, consisted of policy deliberations that also brought out proven successes and best practices in African agriculture.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

CTA hosts hackathon on agriculture

The Centre for Technical Agriculture (CTA) is offering East African computer programmers a fantastic opportunity to display their skills in a four-day hackathon, says Ken Lohento, the Programme Coordinator on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) at CTA.

He also told NaijaAgroNet that the hackathon will take place from 4-8 November in Kigali, Rwanda as a parallel event to the ICT4Ag conference, adding that the competitors would be expected to develop ICT applications that offer solutions to key agriculture information challenges.

Lohento disclosed to NaijaAgroNet that CTA is organising this hackathon in partnership with East African ICT hubs and labs (iHubs), stressing that the iHubs will each propose teams of two or three people, including developers and designers, to compete in the hackathon.

According to him, the top three applications develop and the iHubs supporting them will receive a substantial prize including cash awards, capacity building and incubation opportunities. In addition, the winning applications will be showcased at the ICT4Ag awards dinner.

He explained that this hackathon, is the first for CTA, as a pilot exercise with the aim to highlight the potential of ICT applications in agriculture and to support the development of ICT innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture especially by young people.

In order to ensure that the applications developed meet the needs of those in agriculture in East Africa and that the developers have the opportunity to further refine and launch the applications after the event, CTA are involving, from the start, key East African stakeholders.

International organisations supporting agricultural development, business development or ICT services will also be consulted, while they will contribute to the identification of the agricultural challenges to be used in the hackathon.

“They will also assist in the design of strategies enabling the adoption of the winning application,” he said, emphasizing that a planning meeting will take place from 16-17 July in Rwanda to prepare for the hackathon.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

CTA mets FAO on e-agriculture

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has finalized plans to meet with the Food and Agri-culture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) over e-agriculture.

ICT4D Programme Coordinator at CTA, Mr. Ken Lohento, confirmed this to NaijaAgroNet, saying that the essence billed as prelude for forthcoming World Summit on the Information Society WSIS Forum 2013 in Geneva, would include to investigate the state of national and regional strategies for e-agriculture strategies, and their impact on how the entire sector can tap into the full benefits of ICT. 

“The outcomes of these actions will serve as the starting point for the e-agriculture action line session at WSIS Forum 2013,” Lohento said.

He also said that for those not attending WSIS, they could join remotely and would be able to ask questions and make comments.
NaijaAgroNet gathered that the session would be moderated by Mr. Michael Riggs of FAO, while panelists includes Ms Jennifer Britton, Caribbean Community (CARICOM ) Secretariat, Guyana; Mr Edward Addo-Dankwa, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana; Mr Ken Lohento, Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA); Mr Harsha Liyanage, Sarvodaya-Fusion and eNovation4D, Sri Lanka and Mr Shahid Uddin Akbar, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID).

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