Several weeks ago I announced that This very Blog was a WINNER in the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation’s (CTA) Yobloco Awards (Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition). Thankfully through the support of readers like you the blog won in the Institutional Category for the Caribbean Region.
As part of the prize package, representative winners in that category as well as the Individual category where sponsored and invited to attend the 3rd International Association of Agricultural Information Specialist (IAALD) Africa Chapter Conference in Johannesburg from the 21st – 23rd May 2012. Runners up were also invited.
As part of the events of the conference the CTA ARDYIS project (Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in Information Society) held a Workshop event for the winners, runners up, the CTA committee and specially invited guests to identify ways in which youth can benefit from ICTs and their use in Agriculture for the overall development of both them and the sector.
The event was a great success and gave many of us youth a sense of achievement, pride and duty as we all contributed to a greater need. Personally I had never been to any part of Africa so that was indeed an experience.
Furthermore it was my first time meeting other youth with a passion for blogging, something we can share and relate to each other. Furthermore we all blog about or are involved with Agriculture with ICT acting as a support system in several ways. During the conference many other individuals represented numerous agri-institutions throughout Africa and in many parts of the world. These include West, East, Central Africa, Europe and the Pacific.
The event allowed many of us to connect and network for the benefit of the global agricultural sector in the future. The CTA and its partners continue to host competitions such as this one. I urge you, young agri students and professionals alike to seek out such events and try your hand at them; the experience and rewards are certainly worthwhile.