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Social Reporting at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (#AASW7)

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FARA and CTA, in collaboration with YPARD and GFAR, are organising a social reporting activity in the framework of the FARA 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7) from 13 – 16 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. To promote the event, its sessions, key messages and outcomes, about two hundred young social reporters (onsite and remote reporters) have been selected to cover the event.

For CTA, social reporting is a means to support capacity building and networking for youth in agriculture, apart from contributing to promote knowledge sharing on agricultural development challenges and opportunities. Therefore, CTA is supporting 8 young social reporters from across Africa (active in the CTA ARDYIS network) to join their Rwandan colleagues (from YPARD) for the social reporting.

The activity includes a day training session on the effective use of social reporting tools for selected onsite social reporters, followed by 4 days of using those skills for active social reporting, engaging conference participants and contributing to the overall outreach of the outcomes the science week. They will be supported by the online team, via social media, to amplify and increase the reach of the communication content that will generated onsite.

Pre-Conference e-Discussions

In addition, an e-discussion is organised by CTA around the themes of the science week to kick-start the engagement and to update social reporters and improve their understanding on some of the important issues that are linked to the themes of the conference. The e-discussion will hold from 06 – 11 June 2016, and is themed: “Youth and agriculture sciences in Africa”.

Specifically, the e-discussion is focusing on 3 themes of the conference (out of the total 5), while encouraging the discussants to respond to specific questions that are related to the themes. These themes are:

  • Theme 1: Institutional systems and policies for making science work for African agriculture
  • Theme 2: Sustainable financing of Science, Technology and Innovation for African agriculture
  • Theme 3: Human capital development and the Youth

The e-discussion is facilitated by eight volunteers (4 French; 4 English) from the social reporting group – which is another means of actively providing the space for young people to build their capacity – with the support of CTA, FARA, GFAR and YPARD. These facilitators will guide the discussions and summarise the key issues and points raised daily. At the end of the e-discussions, a mini-report based on youth’s perspectives on the themes of the science week will be put together.

The activity is implemented at CTA through the Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project. GFAR provides the social media trainer and support for the coordination of the onsite social reporting.


This is a reblog from the FARA Blog.
Picture courtesy Sibabalwe Qongqo

1 thought on “Social Reporting at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (#AASW7)”

  1. We need training in technology, science and innovation for sustainable growth and the development of the human race due to the failure of curriculum from the educational institution .the curriculum or syllables design by these institution do not focus on improving and sustaining invention s geared towards problem solving.until science ,technology and innovation is part of the design of syllables in the educational institutions little will always be heard of sustainability of science,technology and innovation. Hence the need for this most welcome training.Industries and other small scale businesses have over 1000 vacancies with over 2,500 personnel trained by over 120 universities in West Africa yet these industrials and businesses do not employ these young ones due to the total lack of on job training. In Ghana, lack of experienced is a sure way of refusing a graduate employment. The design of curriculum or syllable should factor practical on job training hence the need of this training.

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