March 29, 2016
New CTA report demonstrates how young ICT entrepreneurs are innovating to transform agriculture
Increasing agricultural productivity in developing countries and promoting youth employment and entrepreneurship are important recommendations of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play an important role. Young entrepreneurs using ICT innovations are particularly suited to contribute to increased agricultural productivity and sustainability given their inventiveness, energy and capacity to take risks.
International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. This day is aimed at drawing critical attention to the issues that youth have to face everywhere in the world. As every year, the day revolves around a given theme. We are pleased that this year’s Youth Day celebrates 'Youth Civic Engagement'. CTA and the ARDYIS project are proud to contribute to its commemorations.
CTA’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project has won an international award in the 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. After being shortlisted earlier this year, the ARDYIS entry was proclaimed winner of the e-agriculture category following a round of online voting and a review by a panel of experts of the three projects receiving the most votes. Ken Lohento, Programme Coordinator, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and in charge of ARDYIS at CTA, collected the prestigious award during an official ceremony held on 26 May in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the WSIS Forum 2015. The annual event represents the world's largest gathering of the ICTs for Development community.
70% of our global food requirement comes from the 500 million family farms around the world (FAO, 2014). And yet, family farming is often associated with poverty as these farms usually operate on small scales (mainly for subsistence) and generate low revenues. Thus, it is not a surprise that youth are not attracted to family farming.