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Fin4Ag creates a new energy in young people for a modern agriculture

July 25, 2014

After five days of intense activity, the social media reporting team at the Fin4Ag conference, consisting of 25 young reporters, all of whom received advanced trained in Web 2.0 and social media tools by CTA, are full of enthusiasm for agriculture. They've discovered a new passion for social media as a means of better engaging in agricultural development in their respective countries.

Olga Abloutan from Benin, a twitter addict spreads news on agriculture

"I am now part of a powerful network of young people for the development of ACP countries through the agricultural sector.

"Tweet", "Retweet", "Blog", "Comment" and "Share" have become addictions for everyone of us and it is with joy that I particularly found the power of social media and web 2.0 for development. This was my first real experience and I can say without exaggeration that it was unforgettable one.

As agro-economist and Programme Officer at Action for Environment and Sustainable Development (ACED), I discovered many innovations and successful experiences in agricultural financing in ACP countries that I can now inspire my organization in supporting smallholder farmers in Benin.

In addition, I took the advantage of such a meeting of different stakeholders in the agricultural and financial sector in ACP countries to make contact and build relationships."

Baba Mahamat from Cameroon, more confident than ever in the importance of agriculture

"The social media training and the conference were a resounding success. Learning from each participant and talking with VIPs on issues related to agriculture enabled me to realize that agriculture is an area that should be promoted. It is in fact the foundation of development. ACP countries are rich in terms of soils, but malnutrition and undernourishment are still increasing. We must change that!

During the workshops, I learnt new tools, including collaboration through Google, the use of Flicker,... As a reporter I discovered new perspectives of communication in agriculture. This experience has enabled me to increase my involvement in the promotion of agriculture.

All this was possible through the coordination of the team of reporters who put all the tools at our disposal. I'm thankful to Ken, Nawhseen and Pier. Behind your Facebook or Twitter profiles, hides a great personality. Social networks will connect us forever. I want to express my gratitude to the CTA, the conference partners who helped young people like us to express ourselves and show that youth can."

Read the Fin4Ag blog written by the social reporting team.

Visit the Fin4Ag website for more information on the conference.