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By Annisha Victor, senior system support officer, Seychelles Fishing Authority

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My recent participation in a series of CTA-supported capacity building events has changed my mindset on social media and has developed my skills in using these tools to undertake my daily tasks more effectively. The training programme has enabled me to become a social media trainer to share my knowledge and skills with colleagues and other beneficiaries.

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The advent of social media has revolutionised the way people communicate worldwide. But in a growing number of developing countries, these tools are being put to increasingly good effect to drive agricultural and rural development, often with dramatic results. A new publication from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) documents the transformative power of these innovative technologies. Based on 18 case studies drawn from across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, Embracing Web 2.0 and Social Media: A life-changing pathway for agricultural development actors provides testimonies on how Web 2.0 and social media are contributing to better engagement of stakeholders in policy dialogue and advocacy, marketing and the provision of information services.

By Mohamed Muse Hassan, SIMAD University, Somalia

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"Because of the Web 2.0 and social media training, I’m the deputy director of public relations of my institution.”

What a life-changing experience it has been! I was the secretary of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at SIMAD University, based in Mogadishu, Somalia, when the opportunity to take part in the Web 2.0 and social media training arose. My performance in this week-long training was one of the key factors in my promotion to deputy director of public relations at SIMAD University.

By Maureen Agena

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Web 2.0 & social media training, an initiative by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, provides practical training for practitioners of information and communications for development and other agricultural stakeholders on how to use Web 2.0 technologies in their work and lives. And the learning process is made enjoyable and memorable through the use of practical sessions, a process that allows learners to engage and interact with the different tools.