Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, March 4, 2013

Training of the communication experts of the Regional Farmer Organisations

Johnson Bungu (SACAU), Chris Addison (CTA), 
Mahamadou Ouedraogo (ROPPA), Michel Tchoungui (PROPAC)
4-5 March 2013. CTA Brussels. CTA organised a training to establish the portal of the Pan African Farmers' Organisation (PAFO).

CTA is one of the key actors to facilitate EC partnerships with regional farmers' organisations offering training and expertise; consultations and communication.
Since CTA held its first Web2.0 training event in Nairobi, Kenya in 2009, demand has simply exploded. Between 2009 and 2012, 1,684 people from around the ACP regions were trained. In 2012 alone, 695 people from 32 countries took part in 31 learning events, branded as “Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunities”, two of which were offered online through a partnership with UNITAR and FAO.
Mame Saye Ndour Dembele (PAFO)

A recent study commissioned by CTA indicated that women displayed a higher rate of adoption than men for almost every Web2.0 application. The study found that women use tags and bookmarks, social networks and internet-based voice communication more readily than men.

Popularity of the learning opportunities continues to be strongest among civil society organisations and government organisations and extension services. Recent years have, however, seen a substantial increase in demand by farmers’ organisations and private enterprise. This demonstrates how Web2.0 and social media as communication and networking environments have permeated all levels of society in ACP countries and again mirrors the focus of CTA’s strategy.

Read more about CTA’s impact study including examples of how participants are applying their new skills.

Related PAEPARD Blog post:
8 - 11 January 2013. Yaoundé, Cameroon. During four days a PAEPARD communication workshop brought together representatives of the four regional farmer organisations -ROPPA, EAFF, PROPAC and FANRPAN/SACAU and a private sector representative collaborating with ColeACP.

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