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Learning opportunities for web 2.0 and social media

February 13, 2015

Writing blogs, talking on skype, showcasing products and agricultural practices on Facebook. These are just some of the ways that growing numbers of agripreneurs, producers’ organisations, rural NGOs and other ACP development actors are using ICTs to network and spread valuable information.

Web2-and-sm265Driving this trend are the award-winning Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunities courses pioneered by CTA and held in partnership with host institutions. To date, courses have been organised in 37 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, training more than 3,500 people. Of these, 38 percent were women and 54 percent were youths.

The courses are geared towards a range of ACP players involved in agricultural value chain development, natural resource management and climate change adaptation. The initiative was granted the WSIS Project Price 2013 in the e-agriculture category. The location of past events organised by CTA in collaboration with ACP partner institutions is shown on this Google map.

A CTA book Embracing Web 2.0 and Social Media: A Life-Changing Pathway, published in September 2015, features stories that illustrate how these innovative technologies have had a concrete impact on the lives of 18 people and on their ability to deliver benefits to a wider audience.

For 2015, a calendar of new training opportunities has been scheduled for Antigua and Barbuda, Burkina Faso, the Comoros, Cook Islands, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Niger, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Tuvalu, Uganda and Vanuatu. More sessions are being planned and will be announced at a later date.

Learn more about the Web 2.0 and Social media upcoming courses.

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