From cybercafés to hotspots and personal data plans, Internet access is going through a fast revolution, coming with a high level of interest from young people who belong to the first generation finding information on YouTube or Google as easily, or even more easily, than in any other traditional way. Although there are large variations between countries, urban youth is certainly at the forefront of this Internet revolution in Africa.

About us and our target group

We are a small team within the Knowledge Management unit of AfricaRice – the CGIAR Centre for rice research and development in Africa – and AKM-Services, an ethical consultancy firm from Germany specialising in IT support for the agricultural development sector. Since 2016, we have developed and offered e-learning courses on basic agriculture – production and transformation, business development and extension skills – to an audience of young people who know little about agriculture, are comfortable with using ICTs and the Internet and want to develop their skills in agriculture and agri-business.

In our current projects, funded by Germany’s GIZ, we offer these courses to young people in Benin who have completed an agricultural technical course and whom we have recruited to work alongside national agricultural support services with farmers’ groups, to disseminate agricultural innovations.