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Call for Applications: ARDYIS Web 2.0 Training and Exchange Workshop in the Pacific

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is organizing a Web 2.0 Training and Exchange Workshop on 16-20 September 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 thePacific. 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 Information and Communication Technology (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 Pacific countries (Cook IslandsFiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu).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 eventTraining The training will cover:
  • 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 sessions The 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 Pacific youths as well as case studies will be discussed.Eligibility criteria
  • be a National of the Pacific
  • be aged between 18 and 35 years
  • be computer literate and conversant with browsing the Internet
  • have regular access to a computer/laptop (ownership of a computer/laptop is an advantage)
  • be competent in the use of the English language
  • have an active e-mail account, preferably gmail
  • have strong interest in agriculture and ICT issues
  • must possess proven skills in the area of agriculture and rural development
Applicants who are in position to take along a WIFI-enabled laptop to the training will be a plus.CTA and SPC 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: ARDYIS Web 2.0 Training and Exchange WorkshopDeadline for application: 15 August, 2013FeedbackThe organisers will inform successful applicants about the status of their application by 19 August 2013. Successful applicants will receive confirmation letters; others will be duly informed about the outcome of their application.ContactKen Lohento: lohento@cta,int; +31 (0)317 467100Anju Mangal: anjum@spc.int; +679 3370733For administrative and workshop logisticsMaria Karalo: Mariak@spc.int; +679 3370733 
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