The top 12 bloggers come from two categories, individual and institutional, and represent several countries in Africa and the Caribbean. They will be fighting it out to win prizes of up to 3,000 Euro for the institutional category and up to 1,500 Euro for the individual category. This year, there will also be three special awards – best blog for family farming, best female blog and best blog with business potential.
CTA’s Ken Lohento, who coordinates the competition under the ARDYIS programme, commented on the standard of this year’s entries, ‘We were very impressed by both the quantity and quality of the entries we received this year. It really made for some difficult decisions for the jury!’ Three other bloggers received CTA’s encouragements, and will also be invited to attend and cover the conference like the top 12. They come from Central and Southern Africa and the Pacific.
This is the second edition of the YoBloCo Awards. "The importance of this competition cannot be underestimated" says Lohento. "Not alone does it raise awareness of agricultural and rural development issues, raise voices of young agriculturalists or improve their ICT capacities, it has also improved their livelihood opportunities". In a survey carried out just before the announcement of results, about 55% of the young participants indicated that thanks to their participation in the competition, they have got employment or other opportunities that have contributed to their professional growth! The survey targeted the 145 participants who went through the public evaluation process. In total 12,000 valid votes were cast. ‘There is no doubt that the actual nine winners will gain more opportunities after the final results are announced in July through the subsequent promotional activities organised under ARDYIS.
The YoBloCo Awards is organised within the framework of CTA’s ARDYIS project, in collaboration with FARA, Yam-Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE, SPC/PAFNET and e-Agriculture. It aims to highlight successes and challenges faced by youth involved in agriculture in urban and rural areas. It encourages the production of information and the use of new information and communication technologies by young farmers’ groups and organisations interested in the youth in agriculture issues, as well as the sharing of information on ACP agriculture.