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Consultative Workshop Report: "Using ICTs to strengthen youth opportunities in agriculture and rural areas"

  1. 1. Consultative Workshop “Using ICT to strengthen youth opportunities in agriculture and rural areas” Johannesburg, South Africa, 20th May 2012 ReportOn the occasion of the second anniversary of the launch of the CTA’s ARDYIS project and theorganization of the prize giving ceremony of the YoBloCo Awards, a full day ConsultativeWorkshop was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 20, 2012.The main objective of the meeting was to share experiences and practices on strengtheningyouth opportunities in Agriculture and ICTs, in order to identify strategies and concrete actionsthat the ARDYIS project and partners can work on.CTA sponsored the participation of 26 people, including young agri-bloggers, developmentpractitioners and representatives of organizations involved in ICT for agricultural and ruraldevelopment. Many national and international organizations, both from the public and theprivate sectors were represented at the workshop, including: CaFAN, ANAFE, ICT4D Jamaica, 1
  2. 2. Yam-Pukri, SPC-PAFPNet, SangoNet, Organization of the African Youth, Conseil Régionaldes Riziculteurs du Mono et du Couffo and Savannah Young Farmers Network1.The workshop was live covered by participants, who shared their comments on Twitter andcoveritlive. The coverage results are available at this link:  workshop was structured into five thematic sessions2. It started with the opening remarksof Mr Ken Lohento, programme coordinator of ARDYIS project, and Mr SebastianChakeredza, representative of ANAFE and member of the ARDYIS advisory board, whowelcomed the participants.Session I – YoBloCo Awards: presentation of selected blogsThe first session aimed at discussing aboutthe experience of young agri-bloggers andstarted with the presentations delivered bythree participants of the YoBloCo Awards.The first speaker, Mr Keron Bascombe, fromTrinidad and Tobago, presented his activity ofblogger for the Agribusiness Society of theUniversity of West Indies (ABS), winner of theInstitutional Category of the YoBloCo Awardsfor the Caribbean. ABS is a studentorganization established by the agriculturalstudents at UWI, that aims at widening thescale of opportunities to develop agriculture Mr Peter Ballantyne, member of the YoBloCo Awards jury, facilitates session I.through agribusiness. Keron, who is theexecutive of the organization as well as the creator/animator of the blog, highlighted the pivotalrole of the blog for information and communication, both to reach the local students and otherinterested people from all over the world. Nevertheless, he pointed out a problem that affectsmany agricultural bloggers: the lack of followers and, therefore, the difficulty of engaging themin a two-way exchange about agricultural issues. That issue was highlighted also by the otherpresentations and during the following discussion.The following speaker was Ms Nawsheen Hosenally, 1st prize winner of the IndividualCategory, who presented her blog “Nawsheen’s World”. The blog, active since 2010, had aturning point in 2011, when Nawsheen had the possibility to attend a Web 2.0 LearningOpportunity organized by CTA. Since that experience, Nawsheen started to consistently writeabout agricultural issues in Mauritius and other countries. She highlighted the many benefits ofblogging. First of all, blogging has now become an integral part of her life, that even changedthe way she looks at things around her. For her now, every class, every meeting, everyexperience she makes can be matter for a post, that can be shared and that people from all1 See Annex 3 for details.2 See Annex 2 for details. 2
  3. 3. over the world can appreciate and comment on. Thanks to her blog she has the possibility towiden her social network (which is having a positive impact on her job opportunities) and tocreate her own online identity as a young expert in the agricultural sector. In fact, she alsostressed how the more she writes, the better her writing abilities get and the more she learnsabout agriculture. The participation in the YoBloCo Awards was a boost for her to focus evenmore on issues related with youth, agriculture and ICT use, and allowed her blog to reach amuch wider visibility. In support of this, she displayed some of her blog’s statistics, thatshowed that visits to her blog increased significantly. Not surprisingly, the peak of accesses toher blog coincided with the launch of the public evaluation. The third speaker, Mr Emmanuel Anago Codjo, presented the perspective of the Conseil Régional des Riziculteurs de Mono- Couffo (CRRMC), a farmers’ organization based in Bénin. He explained that blogging is one of the most important tools that his organization uses to promote and develop its business, along with village meetings, electronic bulletins and other web 2.0 tools like Facebook and Twitter. The blog is a way to gain visibility both locally and regionally, sharing information about their product andMr E. Codjo, Ms N. Hosenally and Mr K. Bascombeanswer the questions of participants. their activities. Emmanuel reported that blogging had a beneficial impact on hisorganization, as it strengthens its networks and increased the collaboration with otherorganizations and individuals. For example, the organization receives many requests for theparticipation to conferences and the supervision of students of agriculture, as a consequenceof sharing relevant information about rice production. According to Emmanuel, for a farmers’organization like CRRMC the biggest issue related to blogging is the lack of human resourcesdedicated to maintain and update the blog, as well as getting all the members to activelycooperate in writing articles. In fact, all bloggers agree that, although blogging is a veryrewarding activity, it also takes much time, and writing consistently can be very difficult.After the three presentations, participants were engaged in a lively discussion about bloggingon agriculture, through questions and comments. One of the issues that drew more attention isthe relationship between the blogger and their readers. While most of the blogs thatparticipated in the YoBloCo Awards increased their visibility, there is still a lack of commentsfrom the readers. The bloggers reported that sometimes readers are reluctant to engage in apublic discussion commenting on a post, and they prefer a personal communication with theauthor via Facebook or email. Therefore, a small number of comments is not necessarily asynonym of the blog’s ineffectiveness.In fact, all bloggers use and integrate a large number of web 2.0 tools in their online activity.For example, Facebook and Twitter are powerful tools to promote blogs among the socialnetworks and to exchange contacts. The blogs, however, are the best place where they canwrite original articles, share their experience and show their expertise. As Mr Krishan Bheenick(CTA) pointed out during the discussion, bloggers are gaining popularity and credibility in thesector of agriculture, as long as they prove their skills. Therefore, through their blogs youth can 3
  4. 4. build a strong and consistent online reputation, which has been proved to be a valuable asset,for example, when searching for a job.Session II – YoBloCo Awards: organization and perspectives The second session was opened by Ms Keeley Holder, representative of CaFAN and facilitator of the session. She introduced the presentation of Mr Giorgio Bellinzas, ICT4D intern at CTA, that spoke about the organization of the YoBloCo Awards and the perspectives for the future of the competition. He highlighted the aim of the competition and its milestones, from its launch to the various stages of the blogs’ evaluation. In particular, he showed that more than 2000 users participated in the public online evaluationMr Giorgio Bellinzas (CTA). voting in the individual category and morethan 600 users commented on the institutional category. Giorgio further shared the results of asurvey undertaken on YoBloCo participants, which showed a first impact of the competition.For example, almost half of the participant blogs were newly created. While it is still too soonto know if participants will keep on blogging in the future, this is certainly a good measure ofthe fact that the competition successfully engaged youth to take action and to start sharingtheir knowledge through blogs. Respondents of the survey also consistently said that thecompetition positively affected their ICT skills and their interest in agriculture. The competitionalso significantly increased the visibility of their blogs, especially during the online evaluationstage.The presentation heated a long discussion, mostly concentrated on the perspective for nextyears’ editions and how to handle the main challenges that were faced. In particular, theorganizers pointed out the scarce participation from some ACP regions, in particularCaribbean, Pacific and Central Africa. The participants of the workshop agreed that a keyelement in this regard is a more intense, diversified and localized promotion, that makes use ofmany communication means, from the internet to the radio and printed newspapers andbulletins. The engagement of local partners of the ARDYIS project, in this case, is extremelyimportant, as they can use their network to promote the contest. The face to facecommunication should not be neglected as well, as many bloggers reported that they wereencouraged to take part in the competition by members of their family and friends.Apart from a better promotion, the discussion pointed out how increasing the prizes forwinners can have a good impact, as well as giving a reward to all the participants/finalists (forexample, a certificate of participation or relevant material, such as CTA publications).Moreover, participants agreed on the importance of increasing Web 2.0 skills for youngpeople. In this regard, the Web 2.0 Learning Opportunities organized by CTA have a highreputation and participants suggested to strengthen these kinds of initiatives as they areconsidered very effective. 4
  5. 5. Other questions drew the attention of participants: how to promote agricultural blogs? How tokeep bloggers’ engagement after the competition? Many concrete actions have beenproposed in this regard. For example CTA can have a role in promoting relevant articles intheir websites and journals (e.g. ICT Update), and a web-based platform to collect articlesfrom participants of the YoBloCo Awards can be created.A final question animated the end of the session: how blogs are actually reaching the farmers?It is in fact well recognized that, due to several factors (e.g. lack of connectivity in rural areas,lack of skills, illiteracy etc.) many farmers cannot directly benefit from the information publishedin the Internet, nor they can write their own articles to share their experience and theirquestions. In this regard, Ken Lohento emphasized the role of the farmers’ organization andother collective actors, that have the capabilities and the network to share the content withfarmers and collect local knowledge from them. In light of this, the YoBloCo Awardsdistinguished between individual and institutional category, that differed substantially. Forexample, the latter received less entries (22, as against the 69 entries of the individualcategory) and appointed three regional winners, for West Africa, East Africa and Caribbean,that were awarded with a cash prize of 3,000 Euros each.Session III – Presentation of ARDYIS Project’s activities (2010 - 2012)The third session was aimed at presenting thetwo years activities of the ARDYIS project,and to discuss about its future perspectives. Apresentation was given by Ken Lohento, whofirstly talked about the work of CTA, with aspecial focus on its ICT programme and theactivities aimed at increasing ACP youthinvolvement in agriculture. Lohento presenteda worrisome reality, in which the agriculturalworking population is aging and youth are lessand less interested in farming, as thisprofession is often perceived as poorly A moment of the workshop.remunerative and appealing. However, he alsohighlighted that there are full possibilities of reversing this trend, as not only agriculture needsyouth, but also the youth needs agriculture. In fact, agriculture is still the main source ofemployment in most ACP countries, and the integration of ICTs is increasing job opportunitiesthroughout the various agricultural value-chains. Recognizing these new opportunities, CTAlaunched many initiatives to engage youth in agriculture, encouraging, informing and trainingthem.The presentation went on with a focus on the various activities undertaken in the ARDYISframework, along with key achievements and impact on youth. ARDYIS has a strong andgrowing network of young persons involved in agriculture, who interact and exchange throughdifferent online channels, such as the DGroup platform (two forums of discussion, in Englishand in French), the ARDYIS website and Facebook page. ARDYIS is committed to acontinuative activity of information dissemination regarding youth opportunities in agriculture, 5
  6. 6. and became a well recognized channel for such information. Moreover, the project organizedessay and blog competitions, supported many young persons in attending relevantconferences and Web 2.0 trainings, and facilitated the production of an advocacy documentcalling for stronger support for youth involvement in agriculture and ICT.The conclusion of the presentation was dedicated to the future perspectives: first of all, theARDYIS project will more and more aim at working closely with youth organizations involved inagriculture and rural development. ARDYIS will support projects proposed by youthorganizations, as long as these projects target youth in agriculture and ICT. In this regard,CTA is currently giving priority to projects that have a regional scope. Increasing effort will bealso made to improve youth opportunities in rural areas, and to identify new ways to use ICT inorder to enhance youth involvement in agriculture. Finally, CTA is also working on thedevelopment of a consistent strategy for youth, in which the experience matured within theARDYIS project will be highlighted.All the participants welcomed the ARDYIS activities, and especially highlighted the role thatCTA can play in strengthening the networks and encouraging, supporting and facilitating youthprojects, as well as youth involvement inadvocacy and policy making. However, manyparticipants remarked how rural areas inACP countries still suffer from inadequateinfrastructures, especially when talking aboutnew ICT. Following a question about CTA’srole in developing IT networks in the ACPcountries, Ken Lohento stressed that CTA isnot directly involved in the deployment ofinfrastructures. Nevertheless, it stronglyadvocates for a sound ICT policy, that takesinto account the needs of agriculture andrural areas. Mr Sylvestre Ouèdraogo (Yam Pukri).The session went on with the presentation of Mr Sylvestre Ouèdraogo, who discussed the roleof Yam Pukri, the organization he represents, in the Advisory Committee of the ARDYISproject. Yam Pukri is an association established in 1998 and based in Ouagadougou, BurkinaFaso. It provides information, training and advice on the application of new technology invarious fields, including agriculture, and has been involved in many activities targeting youth.Session IV – Partners’ experiences relating to youth involvement in ICT andagricultureThe fourth session aimed at giving an overview of the experiences of current and potentialpartners in dealing with youth involvement in ICT and agriculture. The discussion was openedby Mr Matthew de Gale, Programme Manager at SANGONeT. This is a non-profit organizationbased in South Africa, which works in the field of ICTs for agricultural and rural development.Matthew presented two case studies based on the activity of SANGONeT as developer ofmobile applications for farmers, notably a recording system for cows lactation implemented in 6
  7. 7. East Africa and a market information systemimplemented in Zambia. These case studiesalso showed how ICTs in agriculture aredefinitely a source of opportunities especiallyfor youth. For example, the lactation recordingsystem was first developed by a young ICTgraduate from Kenya, and the adoption of bothsystems was strictly linked to the initialengagement of young early adopters. His casestudies showed how young people are thenatural beneficiaries of new and innovative jobsthroughout the agricultural value chains, andthat ICTs can increment the status and Mr Mattew de Gale (SANGONeT).livelihoods of users.Ms Anju Mangal, representing the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, gave a presentationabout the experience of her organization in increasing the participation of youth in agricultureand ICTs. The Pacific region has specific issues, such as high youth unemployment rate,economic instability, high incidence of natural disasters and lack of connectivity. To counteractthese issues, youth are key actors to look at, and they are therefore a priority for SPC thatcarried out a series of initiatives, also in partnership with CTA and other agricultural institutionssuch as FAO, including the use of blogs, market information systems and GIS systems for theagricultural and rural development. Her presentation highlighted that we often run the risk ofconsidering ICTs more like a quick solution, rather than a tool to achieve real development.The last presentation of this session was given by Ms Gracia Mulumba, of the Organization ofAfrican Youth (OAY), an international NGO funded in 2009 and devoted to supporting youthpolicy making, innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. She stressed that youth initiatives,especially those linked with agriculture, must be sustained in many different ways by donorsand national governments: there is primarily a need for financial support, but also for capacitybuilding and for the development of entrepreneurial spirit. She also reminded the outcomes ofthe African Youth Day Conference, held in November 2011. In that occasion, a series ofrecommendations were made that called for the creation of a network of institutions to adviseand support youth.Session V – Group discussionsThe last session of the workshop was maybe the most challenging, but interesting as well.Participants were organized into small groups of 5 to 7 persons, which independentlydiscussed about concrete possibilities to use ICTs in order to improve youth livelihoods andopportunities in agriculture and rural areas. Groups animatedly discussed for more than onehour, took notes and sketched their ideas on flipcharts until they found five concretesuggestions to propose to the audience. The groups discussed around the thematic“Improving opportunities for youth in agriculture with ICT” and “Improving livelihoods andopportunities for youth in rural areas with ICT”. Apart from a general explanation of therationale of the project ideas, groups had to highlight which stakeholders and partners could 7
  8. 8. be involved, the main inputs to be provided and risks and opportunities to be taken into account. In this occasion youth proved themselves to be well aware of their issues and their needs and, based on that, they were able to propose a set of well thought and smart solutions. The representatives of the various organizations present at the workshop did not step back, but instead constantly proposed their collaboration in their field of expertise. For a presentationParticipants discuss about their project ideas. of some of these actions and projects recommendations, see Annex 1.The need for information can be considered the common denominator of almost all the actionsproposed. All the groups pointed out at least a project idea aimed at sharing positive andproactive information, such as highlighting success stories of youth engaged in agriculture andICTs, along with their challenges and how to overcome them. Youth pointed out their need forinspiration and awareness raising about the many possibilities offered by agriculture and therelated use of ICT, as one of the main issues is still considered the widespread perception ofagriculture as a work for poor and aged people. In this sense, the participants stressed theimportance of gathering knowledge and best practices based on the experience in the localcontest.The second most frequent issue that participants aimed to tackle was the lack of ICT skills inyoung people from the ACP countries, especially those based in rural areas. Youth proposedtherefore the creation of new ICT trainings and the strengthening of the already establishedones, such as CTA’s Web 2.0 learning opportunities. Participants also highlighted theimportance of identifying the most appropriate ICT tools in this regard, and the majority ofthem saw the mobile technology as the future (or, rather, the present) for the development ofagriculture.After more than 10 hours of intense discussion, the workshop came to an end with the closingremarks of Ken Lohento. He thanked the participants and whished the same success for theIAALD conference that took place the days after. 8
  9. 9. Annex 1Examples of proposed actions and project ideas.Concrete action/project idea Examples of potential How to do this? partners/stakeholdersDecision making support Toolkit  CTA An ICT decision making Tool which is ablefor young farmers to use across  SYFN to assist young farmers make the bestthe value chain (Study/test/pilot  IFAD decisions in their production process.on money making opportunities  FAOin Agriculture for youth).  National extension servicesDocument and share good  CTA Production and dissemination ofpractices in agriculture along the  SYFN information through booklets, flyers, TVvalue-chain.  MoFA etc. and radio shows etc.  Local ONGs The use of ICT tools to document various best practices in Agriculture which will serve as motivation and attraction for the youth to actively be engaged in to Agriculture.E-Literacy (Skills and training -  SYFN This initiative involves the training of the‘Right tools’)  CTA youth in the use of various ICT  FAO tools/software that are relevant in  IFAD etc. developing their capacities to be actively engaged in to Agriculture.Platforms for youth to network/  SYFN Instituting an ICT platform for farmers andtwin e.g.: audio conferencing.  BIOVISION farmer’s organizations within and across  CTA nations to network to develop their  CaFAN capacities for an improved engagement in Agriculture.Self-improved and motivation-  CTA Mobile apps for young employees,Human Capital through ICTs.  SYFN webinars, e-training courses, blogs on  CaFAN personal development skills in agri- entrepreneurship.Training on social media tools;  SANGONet Leveraging on CTA training on web 2.0 toweb and mobile apps available;  Youngdevs initiative youth to scale-up and engage more youth.traditional ICT tools. Ghana (YIGh)  Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN)  University Jeffery Town Farmers  SPC/LRD PAFPnetSupport in conducting proactive  SANGONet  Collaborative researches;research measuring impact of  Youngdevs initiative  Documenting case studies;youth and ICT in agriculture. Ghana (YIGh)  Measuring impact of ICTs.  Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN)  University  Jeffery Town Farmers  SPC/LRD PAFPnet 9
  10. 10. Documenting success stories to  Youngdevs initiative Create Knowledge Huts to showcasebuild youth interest in agriculture Ghana (YIGh) success stories.with ICT  Agricinghana blog  University  Jeffery Town Farmers  SPC/LRD PAFPnetFinancial support for app  Partners from CTA to Contest for best mAgric developers. Bestdevelopers (Rolling fund). evaluate developers supported to scale up their  SANGONet enterprises.  Syecomp Business Services, Ghana.Creation of a fund to support ICT  Regional authority for Establishment of a fund and a selectionprojects of youth in rural areas. ICT regulation committee for projects.  National government  Other technical and financial partnersUsing mobile phones (Both voice  Voice Outreach Systempicture messaging and sms) to developed by Antonprovide agriculture training and Robinsonconsultancy services for the  Ministry of Agricultureyouth.  Infonet-biovision  Farm input companiesTelecenter where farmers can  Farmers  Put up buildings/rent spaces andaccess agricultural information  Stock feed equipment;(audio visual content). manufacturers  Get volunteer trainers and experts;  Buyers  Raise awareness on the value of  Shiriki Charity organic farming and food ; organization  Main focus – organic food production and environmental conservation.ICT led system to manage the  Suppliers of farm inputsseed market, to network farmers  Fair Trade south Africa /with organizations or peers. UK – can provide systemICT can be utilized in the template or benchmarktraceability support system thattracks where the produce comesfrom and where it is sold.Radio and mobile film screenings  TV and Radio stationsto change the perspectives that  Governmentis out there about agriculture.  Cell phone companiesAdvocating for the reduction of  National telecoms Lobbying, advocacy.costs of communication in rural  Regional authority forareas. ICT regulation  National governmentEstablishment of a training in  CTA Establishing training modules, creating aICTs and Rural Development,  ONG platform for distance education, studentissuing a certificate.  Universities and schools recruitment and advertising. of agriculture 10
  11. 11. Annex 2Agenda of the Consultative workshop Facilitator 9:00 Opening remarks and introduction of participants - Ken Lohento, CTA - ICT4D Programme Coordinator; [5-10’] - Sebastian Chakeredza, African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE); [5-10’] - Introduction of the participants. [15’] 9:30 Session I – YoBloCo Awards: presentation of selected blogs - Keron Bascombe (Agribusiness Society of the University of the West Indies): Presentation of the blog “Technology4agri – An extension of the Peter Agribusiness Society of UWI”; [15’] Ballantyne, ILRI, - Nawsheen Hosenally (blogger): presentation of the blog “Nawsheen’s (YoBloCo World”; [15’] judge) - Emmanuel Anago Codjo (Conseil Régional des Riziculteurs du Mono et du Couffo): Presentation of the blog “Riziculteurs du Mono et du Couffo”. [15’] 10:15 Open discussion [30’] 10:45 Coffee break [15’] 11:00 Session II – YoBloCo Awards: organization and perspectives Keeley Holder, - Giorgio Bellinzas, CTA - ICT4D Group [15’] CAFAN (Caribbean farmers’ network) 11:15 Open discussion [45’]  General comments about YoBloCo Awards  Suggestions and proposals for next year’s edition. 12:00 Session III – Presentation of ARDYIS Project’s activities (2010 - 2012) Tia Moses (Savannah - Ken Lohento, CTA - ICT4D Programme Coordinator [20’] Young Farmers’ - Sylvestre Ouédraogo - Yam Pukri association (Burkina Faso/West Network) 11
  12. 12. Africa):The advisory committee contribution to the ARDYIS Project [10’]12:30 Open discussion [30’]13:00 Lunch14:00 Session IV – Partners’ experiences relating to youth involvement in ICT and agriculture - Matthew de Gale, SANGONeT – Programme manager: Giorgio Presentation of the Kenyan dairy Mobile project involving youth. [15’] Bellinzas (CTA - - Anju Mangal, SPC/PAFPNet (Pacific Agriculture and Forestry Policy ICT4D) Network): Youth, ICT and Agriculture in the Pacific [15’] - Gracia Mulumba, Organization of African Youth: Motivating youth to get into agriculture. Findings and recommendations from relevant experiences [15’]14:45 Open discussion with participants and partners [20’]15:05 Session V – Group discussions - Organization of group work and discussion [15’] Bheenick Krishan - Group a) and b): Improving opportunities for youth in agriculture with ICT (CTA, KM [1h] Senior Programme Coordinator) - Group c) and d): Improving livelihoods and opportunities for youth in rural areas with ICT [1h] Coffee break [15’]16:35 - Feedback from group activities [45’]17:20 Closing remarks - Ken Lohento, CTA - ICT4D Programme Coordinator [10’]17:30 End of activities – Group Photo 12
  13. 13. Annex 3List of participants Name and surname Organization NationalityMs Nawsheen Hosenally YPLD Mauritius MauritiusMr Sourou Nankpan BéninMs Anne Matho Motsou JADE Cameroun Cameroon Biovision farmer communicationMr Hudson Wereh Kenya programme (ICIPE)Ms Grace Wanene Kenya Agribusiness Society of theMr Keron Bascombe Trinidad and Tobago University of West IndiesMs Hortensia Hosnah Farming and Technology for Africa MadagascarMr Solomon Elorm Allavi Syecomp Business Services GhanaMs Lovasoa Andrianry Fanilon’i Madagasikara MadagascarMr Bernard Mbuchu Gichuki Shiriki Organization KenyaMr Sègla Emmanuel Anago Conseil Régional des Riziculteurs du BéninCodjo Mono et du CouffoMr Robert Kibaya KIRUCODO UgandaMr Martial Gervais Oden Bella GIC Bellomar CameroonMr Sebastian Chakeredza ANAFE Kenya International Livestock ResearchMr Peter Ballantyne UK Institute (ILRI)Ms Keeley Holder CaFAN Barbados 13
  14. 14. Ms Anju Mangal Secretariat of Pacific Community FijiMr Sylvestre Ouédraogo Yam-Pukri Burkina Faso Savannah Young Farmers NetworkMr Tia Moses Nganwani Ghana (SYFN) Jeffrey Town Farmers Association /Ms Ivy Gordon UK ICT4D Jamaica Commercial Agricultural YouthMr Obert Mathivha South Africa Chamber (CANYC)Ms Gracia Mulumba OAYouth DC CongoMr Matthew De Gale SANGONeT South AfricaMr Giorgio Bellinzas CTA ItalyMr Krishan Bheenick CTA MauritiusMr Ken Lohento CTA Bénin 14