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ARDYIS Web 2.0 Training and Exchange Workshop in the Caribbean

BackgroundThe Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the Caribbean Farmers Network(CAFAN) is organizing a Web 2.0 Training and Exchange Workshop on 27 - 31 July 2013. The training, focused on blogging, will be held in the framework of the upcoming launch of the Second Edition of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) organized by the ARDYIS project.During past competitions organised by the ARDYIS project, low participation has been noted from some ACP regions including the Caribbean. The workshop is thus organized as a response to this observation and following recommendations from youths, in order to encourage participation from these regions.The workshop is organized in partnership with the Web2ForDev project of CTA. It falls in CTA’s mandate to facilitate access to and dissemination of information in the fields of agriculture and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). It willlast 5 days and includes exchange sessions on the use of ICT in agriculture which will take place the last day. Participants will get hands-on experience on blogging for agriculture and rural development, during intensive practical sessions.Target ParticipantsThe event is open to nationals of the ACP Caribbean countries.  It targets students in agricultural or ICT training courses, young farmers, young farmers’ organizations, young members of farmers’ organizations and other young people or youth organizations interested in ICT or agriculture.  20 youths will be selected to attend it.Special attention will be given to female candidates and youths affiliated to organizations involved in agricultural and rural development.Programme of the event-          Training
  • Web 2.0 Concepts and Principles
  • Selective Access to Information, online mapping and Social Networking
  • Creating and animating agricultural blogs (creation, customization, etc.)
  • Integrating social media tools into Blogs (RSS, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, online Maps, etc.)
-          Exchange sessionsThe exchange sessions will cover the following themes:
  • Use of social media to promote agriculture and its opportunities for youths
  • Use of ICTs as marketing tools in youth-led agricultural businesses
  • Development of ICT products or services by youths for the agricultural sector
Opportunities and challenges for Caribbean youths as well as case studies will be discussed.Eligibility criteria
  • be a National of the Caribbean
  • be aged between 18 and 35 years
  • be computer literate and conversant with browsing the Internet
  • have regular access to a computer (ownership of a computer is an advantage)
  • be competent in the use of the English language
  • have an active e-mail account
  • have strong interest in agriculture and ICT issues
Applicants who are in position to take along a WIFI-enabled laptop to the training will be a plus.CTA will cover the cost of travel, accommodation, food and daily subsistence allowances for the accepted participants.How to applyIf you are interested in applying, please complete this online form here.Deadline for application: 03 July, 2013FeedbackThe organisers will inform successful applicants about the status of their application by 8th July 2013. Successful applicants will receive confirmation letters; others will be duly informed about the outcome of their application.ContactKen LohentoICT4D Programme CoordinatorCTAThe NetherlandsTel: +31 (0) 317 467100 Email: lohento@cta.intCleve ScottProject OfficerCAFANBarbadosTel: +1 784 453 1004Email:  cafancaribbean@gmail.com 
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