Jethro Greene, the Chief Coordinator of the Caribbean Farmer Network (CAFAN) expressed his excitement and assurance that blogging is an efficient way that will attract more youths in agriculture. He said, With more youth involved in agriculture, using new technology, it will be common to see farmers in our region driving a Mercedes Benz.
Ken Lohento, ICT4D Programme Coordinator who manages the Awards said in this edition, three new prizes special prizes have been planned:
- the Best Blog on Family Farming to celebrate the International Year of Family Farming (2014),
- the Best female agri-blogger and
- the Best Blog which has business potential.
CTA has recognised that through this competition, opportunities for enhancing careers are available, the YoBloCo Awards have so far contributed to improving career opportunities for its best entrants said Lohento. Lamon Rutten, Manager at CTA revealed that the YoBloCo awards with its follow-up activities, was one of CTAs initiatives which will encourage youths to use their ICT talents to transform agricultural value chains and improve their lives.
Other stakeholders who took the floor before the youthful audience include Cleve Scott from CAFAN and the Honourable James Paul member of the Barbados Parliament who officially declared the competition open.
This contest is organised in the framework of the Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in Information Society (ARDYIS) project, which aims to raise youth awareness and improve their capacity on agricultural and rural development issues in ACP countries using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).