The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has just announced the winners of the first edition of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards).
Winners in the institutional category will receive each €3 000, while individual winners will receive up to €1 500. In addition, winners and runners-up selected (14 individuals and organisations) will attend an international conference, their blogs will be promoted and they will have the opportunity to be involved in other activities.
The blogs selected inform on initiatives and challenges of young people engaged in agriculture, on some current agricultural and rural development issues faced by stakeholders, and on how information communication technology (ICT) can be used, or are being used, to enhance the sector. Through comments on their posts and interactions with the public, bloggers are raising more awareness on agricultural challenges and encouraging new youth interest in the ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries).
The Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) aims to bring into the limelight successes and challenges faced by youth engaged in agriculture, and to encourage the use of new ICTs by young farmers’ groups and organisations interested in the 'youth in agriculture' question. It has offered the opportunity to highlight youth opportunities in agriculture and support the involvement young stakeholders.
The YoBloCo Awards have been an exciting experience for organisers and bloggers. Many bloggers and institutions are reporting increasing number of visitors, comments on their blogs and collaboration opportunities.
CTA and its partners warmly congratulate winners. They thank all the participants and the people (about 3 000) who voted and commented on blogs for making this pioneering experience a success! The competition was launched in July 2011 and 92 blogs were received. For the individual category, winners have been selected from 15 finalists identified following an online voting process. The public also commented on 22 institutional blogs.
The Awards have been organised in the framework of the ARDYIS Project, in collaboration with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), Pacific Agriculture and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet), Caribbean farmers’ Network (CAFAN), Yam-Pukri association, African Youth Foundation (AYF).
For more information on the winners, runners-up as wel as their blogs, refer to http://ardyis.cta.int/en/activities/awards/item/136-results-yobloco/136-results-yobloco.
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