Young agriculturalists from across the Caribbean will be taught to harness the power of social networking when the Web 2.0 Training and Exchange Workshop is staged in Barbados later this month.

Twenty-two persons ages 18 to 35, who are either actively involved in farming, or who will apply information and communication (ICT) technology to the advancement of agriculture in the Caribbean, will receive training on “Blogging” during this workshop.

The workshop, which will run from July 27 to 31 at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, is being organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN).

This innovative training exercise is a component of the CTA’s Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project, which is expected to raise the awareness of youth on the issues of agricultural and rural development for African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries as well as raise their capacity on ICT use for agricultural and rural development.

Since 2011, the ARDYIS project has been staging the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (the YoBloCo Awards) and this workshop is being held in the lead-up to the second edition of this competition. Topics to be covered in the four-and-a-half day workshop include blogging, online mapping, social networking, micro-blogging, and the use of ICTs in agriculture.

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