On December 1 the world will mark World AIDS Day with a series of events and initiatives to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. Based in Ghana, last year’s World of Difference team has developed a mobile communication strategy to mark the day and to “inform adolescents in a fun and interactive way about their sexuality” and encourage openness in discussing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
On Friday 22nd November, the winners of this year’s World of Difference project were selected. The awards ceremony proved to be a spectacular finale to this year’s competition. The four World of Difference winners will soon fly to Kenya to begin their new jobs and help assist local partners in their use of ICTs to fight against Aids and HIV.
The ICT4Ag conference brought together key players in the ICT-for-Agriculture field. The goals were to map the current state of development of the field. Participants identified emerging innovations and assessed what has been learned over the past years in building sustainable capacity and creating enabling environments for ICT use in the agriculture sector. Building on 16 years of experience in social innovation and capacity development in ICT-for-Agriculture, IICD coordinated the Capacity Strengthening and Stakeholder Empowerment stream.
Smallholdings in developing countries have long been associated with poor farming practices, intensive labour and low income, which make the sector unattractive to a new generation of farmers. This is changing. A recent study commissioned by IICD, shows how access to ICT stimulates innovative production amongst youngsters, changes their image of farming and increases their social status. These themes are further explored in our publication, "ICT4D Effects: Youth, ICTs and Agriculture".