Ken Lohento has joined the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in 2009 and where he coordinates ICT use and youth entrepreneurship in agriculture projects in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. He manages the “Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project, which supports capacity building and opportunities for youth in agriculture through ICTs. This project won in 2015 the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prize in the e-agriculture category; its key activities include the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards), the AgriHack Talent initiative which promotes ICT and mobile applications development and service provision by youth in agriculture, as well support to youth in agriculture projects. Ken co-manages web 2.0 and social media training for agricultural stakeholders (a program which also won an international award in 2013). He also works on e-agriculture strategies.
He has over 15 years of experience, holds a master of research on information sciences and has studied business management. He has worked with institutions including the Panos Institute West Africa, UNESCO, the International Organisation of French speaking countries (OIF), as well as in the Oridev association, through which he contributed to pioneering ICT use for development in Benin. He was a member of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group from 2006 to 2009. More http://ardyis.cta.int; http://www.web2fordev.net and http://www.linkedin.com/in/lohento.