Social Media Enthusiasts Wanted!!! Building your Social Currency Workshop in Trinidad & Tobago

The local agriculture sector faces many challenges: limited access to information, poor implementation policies and disjointed land administration agencies. Even so, many stakeholders of all kinds face these problems head on, creating solutions that benefit their environment. Problem-solving in the agriculture sector should be encouraged! The practice of using one’s limited resources to move forward with projects and enterprises should definitely be propagated, and social media can play a crucial role in this.

Five enterprises have come together to contribute towards moving the agriculture sector forward. They are the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) from Trinidad and Tobago, Tech4agri, W.H.Y Farm, Lukesmith T.V, and Ebites. Together with social media expert Peter Casier, we designed a workshop for young professionals, specifically for those who are working in the agriculture sector, to develop their online presence. Continue reading

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Girl with Tablet, Image by itupicutres

Yesterday I had an opportunity to view the live stream of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2nd Women and Girls in ICT Forum. I have to admit; I was a bit blown away by the presentations. The Ministry of Science and Technology Trinidad and Tobago appeared to go all out. They provided an interactive environment for female students, guest and online viewers. Continue reading

Women and Girls in ICT Forum

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The Ministry of Science and Technology Trinidad and Tobago is hosting its 2nd Women and Girls in ICT Forum tomorrow at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. I highly recommend that you try to participate in this event which aims to showcase the opportunities available from women in ICTs. Continue reading

Young Social Reporters Wanted for Fin4Ag Conference! Deadline Soon

Social Reporter
Social Reporter

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA), is organising its 2014 International Conference on Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains, “Fin4Ag” from 14-18 July 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The purpose of the conference is to help decision-makers to break through the walls that so often prevent innovation, in this case for smallholder-inclusive agricultural finance. The conference has an international focus. Delegates will represent different economic segments of society including the private and public sectors (including Central Banks) and civil society, resource users’ organisations, development practitioners and academics. It will include many experienced professionals from developed and developing countries, having solid experience in smallholder-inclusive value chain finance
Social reporting for the Fin4Ag conference Continue reading

Putting agriculture on top – the sequence to GIS a map to food security

Terrain Map of Trinidad
Terrain Map of Trinidad

In my previous post, GIS a map to food security, I identified eight benefits of GIS technology. Additionally, I introduced you to the Land Information System of Trinidad and Tobago (LISTT) Parcel Viewer, a program under the Land Management Division of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Today, I want to explore how this application can further facilitate Agricultural Tenants (farmers). Continue reading

Agri-Youth have a say if you want to build

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Photo by Remo, CC by-2.0

Caribbean bloggers, agriculture and rural development institutions you have a chance to win thousands of Euros. The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) – ARDYIS Project has issued a call for the submission of blogs for the 2013/2014 Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBLoCO) but keep in mind the deadline is January 31st, 2014. Continue reading

Who I am and why I’m here

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I blog because what I have to say about agricultural development isn’t something that I should keep to myself. I believe the information I can provide should be shared with everyone. But more so it’s about accountability. Writing in a personal journal is an excellent way to express yourself but when you do that who’s going to be there to support you, who’s going to correct you or give you another viewpoint on the subject matter. The answer is no one. However, when I write here, even if no one ever comments the fact that it’s out there makes me want to learn more about the challenges small-scale farmers face and to work harder towards improving their livelihoods and food security in my country.  Continue reading

ICT4Ag Conference – My Experience

Social Reporter
Social Reporter

I remember when I received the email, notifying me that I was selected as an onsite social reporter at the ICT4Ag.  I was in the office at the time and for awhile I froze and just stared at the computer screen in shock because this was a dream come true. This training program was the opportunity that I had been praying for, a chance to enhance my skills and equip myself with the knowledge to take my career to another level. There aren’t enough words to express the euphoria I felt at that moment. Continue reading

Sustainability of ICTs

Reblogged from ICT4Ag13 Blog

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Mobile technology has rapidly increased along with the demand for novel applications. More and more mobile technology implemented in the development sector is in the agriculture industry. However, questions surround the sustainability of these applications. Continue reading