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YoBloCo - Youth Blogging Competition 2013/14

The Youth Blogging Competiton for 2013/14 was launched on 8th October 2013 and the requirements were you had to have a blog which had to be updated with content over a period of 4 months with regards to Agriculture.

Some of the themes one could write on included:
Challenges, success and issues faced by Youth in agriculture and related activities;
Climate change, environmental conservation, natural resource management;
Agri-business (marketing, commercialization, processing, etc.);
Agricultural production and Food security;
Agriculture value chains and agricultural policy;
Actions, policies and strategies related to youth involvement in agriculture;
ICT use in the agricultural sector (how can ICTs promote agriculture or how can ICT support innovation in agricultural value chains, ICT and agriculture policies, ICT and extension services etc.);
How are ICTs improving (or can improve) youth opportunities in rural areas;
Agro-tourism;
Contribution of Diaspora in ACP Agriculture;
The role and importance of Family Farming and Smallholder Farming in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. (see Note 4 below);
Any other agriculture related theme or issue

I guess the theme that caught my attention was the one with ICT :D

Having worked for a great part of my formal employment years in the Oil Palm Research Sector, I have developed an affinity with Agriculture Issues.
Mind you - I am not one to plough the land - but I love to eat anything that is grown off the land :-)

With the internet being an issue, and also juggling time and the duration of the competition, I started anyway creating the blog, registering and not knowing if I would actually be able to keep it going for the next 4 months.

And well its a good thing I did.

Fast-forward a couple of months into the competition, my blog was featured along with 14 other young women during the ICT Girls day on the 24th April -- http://ardyis.cta.int/fr/activites/autres-activites/item/230-15-promisin...

That got me excited and so I continue to update my blog with whatever news I could. It was my first real blog that I have kept and I started to learn tips and ways of how to improve and add features to a Wordpress site. Its still very basic, but the use of Categories and Tags that can really play a big role when someone does a search for key terms on Google.

The results came out, and 12 finalists were chosen - I wasn't one of them - but was excited all the same, since in our Pacific Region there were only a handful of us. A great number of the participants/bloggers were all based in Africa, so being a part of it and putting some of our issues, challenges and achievements was great and it needed people to vote for our blogs to get us up in the finalists - I didn't really promote my blog much but all good - got a good number of votes :)

My blog focuses on women - and its called: PNG Women|Agriculture|ICT|Development (http://agriculture.caitservicespng.com)
and those are the topics that I write about. I even have a link to the "Women Weave the Web" Campaign.

Well the greatest highlight of the competition was or is -- receiving news that I have been selected to attend the Prize Giving Ceremony in... (drumroll) Nairobi, Kenya... in Africa!! You can read the post: http://agriculture.caitservicespng.com/fin4ag-conference-2014/

Its been a couple of weeks since I received that email but I'm still bedazzled! I'm so excited and nervous as I've never been past the equator to the North side and never been to the other side of the world from Papua New Guinea. I also will be the only participant from the Pacific Side and hope that there will be some others who will go as attendees of the fin4ag conference.

Africa's always been one of those 'continents' on the bucket list -- and my kids and I favour Madagascar Series and so, they were very excited too, wishing they could come.

I hope that I can be able to meet up with some of the World Pulse sisters based in Kenya, specifically located in Nairobi.

Thank you for the internet that we can get to read about Kenya and ready ourselves for the journey.

Oh and the flight travel takes me to Hong Kong and to a place I never knew existed - Doha before going to Nairobi.

I'll be updating my blog with the travel and with a week to go - hope that I can be able to get myself a good digital camera - a Canon EOS preferably but will see how it goes :)

This is a result of being able to have access to the internet - as I only know about this competition through a mailing list that I am subscribed to.

I encourage others to participate in the next blogging competition -- just like World Pulse, it is another channel to be heard and possibly bring change and wonderful progress to the development of our women, people and communities.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

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Tam's picture

Very Best Wishes

Dear Ccholai,

This is inspiring and exciting in so many ways. That youth bloggers such as yourself are writing on agriculture, small farming, preserving the earth, food safety, agribusiness...this is so very important. That there is enough writing for there to be a competition adds to the excitement. I took a look at the blogging that you have done (thank you for including the links) and I find your writing so well done, and with such a wide variety of news and ideas on both local and world wide issues. Amazing work! Then to read that you have been featured with 14 other young women bloggers, and that you are very soon on your way to Kenya to be part of the Prize Giving Ceremony, and might even have the chance to meet other World Pulse Sisters - I felt like jumping for joy along with you. I encourage everyone who finds you here to read your blog. I have learned a lot from many of your stories, and am especially thankful for the information that the recent public killing of Leniata Kepari "suspected of using witch craft" has sparked such a strong movement in your country to stop violence against women. I am glad to know that you are there, and wish you a wonderful trip.

With Love in Sisterhood,

Tam

carolepng's picture

Thank you

Thank you Tam for your words - and thank you for taking time to reading though my blog. I am thankful that it has allowed someone from another part of the world to learn abit more about our country, more or less through the eyes of the women.
After being doing this blog for sometime, it seems every little thing I see or someone I speak to - i'll be like - oh I'll put you on my blog, or I'll add you to my blog ;-)

Today I board the plane to start journey to Nairobi.
Am excited and nervous all the same. The journey getting there - is going to be an adventure on its own with reaching the destination and time spent there!!

Thanks and again with utmost appreciation,
Carole

-We all have a special purpose in life. It is up to us to pause for a while, identify it, grab on to it and follow through -

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Ccholai, Thank you for

Ccholai,
Thank you for sharing your story with us! You have put a lot of work into your project, encouraging others to benefit from technologies just as you have. I know that Agriculture-related issues are a large part of both gender-equality and climate change, and need to have more attention brought to them. You are doing this, and are making a difference. You are forwarding your passion through action, something I love to see! It's awesome how you've been able to link this Women Weave the Web campaign into your own blog, leading by example.

I echo Tam's sentiments, above, and wish you all the best as you continue to move forward and make change!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

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carolepng's picture

Thank you

Thank you Michelle,
I actually wrote in my journal not meaning to have it in the Campaign but was advised by World Pulse that it should be included - so that's great!!

After telling people I was going for my trip - and the reason why, now a lot of the youths want to learn how to blog, and how they can also access the internet to tap into such opportunities - so am looking forward to coming back after the trip to get this going too!! :)

Thank you for stopping by here and yes let us hope together and weave together to make a difference :)

best wishes always,
Carole

-We all have a special purpose in life. It is up to us to pause for a while, identify it, grab on to it and follow through -

annamarie's picture

Future of Agriculture

Dear Ccholai,

Growing up on a farm in South Africa, I immediately identified with your love for "eating off the land" - nothing can be more wholesome. But more than that, if women can at least grow food to feed their families, a lot of hardship in this world and particularly Africa could be eased.
Thank you for promoting and supporting it through your blog. Is it not wonderful that your use of the internet is not only connecting, educating and inspiring young women but also opened the door to your own bucket list.
May your experience of Africa be rewarding and inspiring to continue with the good work you are doing.

Best of luck for the future.

carolepng's picture

Thank you :)

I am so excited about coming to Africa -- I've been having issues trying to get a Yellow Fever Certificate and immunisation from our country but have organised in Hong Kong during my stop.
Today I board the plane to travel --- and its all mixed emotions.

I wish to visit South Africa one day and who knows this trip to Nairobi, may lead to many more greater things to come.

Thank you so much for your words, encouragement and dropping by.

I also hope to meet up with some of our World Pulse sisters whom have contacted me via messages , once I get into Kenya , will try to contact them.

Best regards,
Carole

-We all have a special purpose in life. It is up to us to pause for a while, identify it, grab on to it and follow through -

sabapetit's picture

Thank you for sharing your story!

Dear Ccholai,

Thank you for sharing your story! I am pretty sure that you will encounter more sisters committed to your cause! This is just the beginning of an endless journey of working for the good of communities and I feel proud of you! Youth like you make a great difference in this world!

Peace,

Sabapetit

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