OECS Secretariat Coordinates Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity for Agriculture Stakeholders in Saint Lucia

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(Castries Monday November 26th, 2012) The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA), in collaboration with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries and Rural Development and the contribution of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) will be hosting a five day web 2.0 learning opportunity for St. Lucia from Monday 26 November 2012 at the livestock conference room of the Ministry of Agriculture , Balata, Union.

The participants from agriculture and related sectors will be introduced to selected web 2.0 applications with  hands on approach on how to use innovative applications and assess their adoption within the context of their work and organization.

The training programme comprises the following modules:

  • Introduction to the participatory      World Wide Web (Web 2.0)
  • Search Magic: How to conduct advanced multilingual online searches;
  • Information Self Service: How to      get selected information served to you via alerts and RSS feeds;
  • Remote collaboration: How to      develop content remotely using wikis and Google Docs;
  • Online mapping: How to locate your      organization and your projects on an online Map;
  • How to communicate voice over the internet at (almost) no cost;
  • Online publishing (micro-blogging and blogging);
  • Professional / corporate social networking (LinkedIn and Facebook);
  • Web 2.0 self-instruction (introduction to IMARK)

CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries.

CTA has in particular the mandate to facilitate access to, and dissemination of information in the fields of agriculture and rural development the ACP. Supporting the adoption of Web 2.0 applications represents a great opportunity for meeting it. The Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunities have already been undertaken in about 15 ACP countries. They form part of CTA initiatives that support development partners in networking, accessing and disseminating information more effectively. They are implemented in the framework of CTA’s “Policies, Markets, and ICTs” Programme.CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.A second training programme will be held in St. Lucia in February.End

Subject Contact: George Alcee–Agriculture Economist OECS Secretariat (455OECS).

Media Contact: Raymond O’Keiffe Communications Officer OECS Secretariat rokeiffe@oecs.org or 455OECS

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