The International Trading Centre (ITC) has just launched a new website, Standards Map, which will provide small and medium entrepreneurs willing to export their products, with a reliable tool to keep track of voluntary sustainability standards (i.e.: guidelines, rules and product characteristics),...
This issue of ICT Update, titled "Mobile finance - next stop agriculture", is dedicated to emerging innovations in mobile finance for agircultural value chains. Emerging innovations in mobile finance are revolutionising the agricultural value chain, and creating alternative ways of making payments...
The Canadian Center of Science and Education published on their Journal of Agricultural Science [Vol. 5, No. 11; 2013] “Farmers Use of ICTs for Marketing Information Outlets in Oyo State, Nigeria”, a paper by researchers R. A. Oyeyinka and R. O. Bello.
The study takes the steps from the issue...
Solidaridad Network is an international organization with 9 Regional Expertise Centres worldwide. This network works on creating sustainable supply chains from the producer to the consumer. After a four year development process which started in Brazil, Solidaridad has launched Rural Horizons, an...
Abstract: All of us are actors in the food chain - either as consumers (making decisions on daily food supplies) or as producers (producing of some fraction of those supplies). Actors and activities within the food chain are tightly intertwined and coupled together. The food chain is also...
The final agenda outlines the schedule and topics for discussion at the Partnership Meeting. It is available for download here. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English will be available for the duration of the Meeting.
Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair...
Davao city (Philippines): The city’s information and communications technology (ICT) umbrella group hopes to make Davao Region’s farmers more competitive with the establishment of a farm-to-e-market Web portal.
“The farm-to-e-market portal will make the farmers more mobile and better aware of the...
Agreement covers knowledge exchange, resilience, women’s leadership support and poverty measurement
Grameen Foundation and FAO will work closely to enhance small-holder farmer access to knowledge and technologies for sustainable production and food security through the use of mobile agriculture...
By Leah Meadows. Orginally published on Agri-Fin Mobile, a site about Mercy Corps' project to “bundle” key services of agricultural advice from private sector, research and extension institutions with financial services providers and telecommunications companies.
When Ida was 15 years old, she...
Agriculture is the largest ecomomic sector in Rwanda. Recognizing this, the ICT Minister says that "Making Rwanda smart is making agriculture smart".
Interviews with farmers and people marketing agricultural produce indicate that awareness of ICT information services and the benefits are currently...
This issue of ICT Update is about Open access and open data.Issue 72 | June 2013
Openness and visibility, by Stephen Rudgard Open data and open science, by Carlos Morais Pires High-quality science benefits all, by Alexander Brown Opening access – views from the South, by Lucy...
The team at Soko Text is developing a SMS-based tool that brings the source of food (farmers) closer to consumers in slum areas.
Soko Text plans to make transformational changes in food supply chains, by reducing the number of steps - and therefore costs - of moving food from the farm to the...
Abstract: The Agricultural sector has the greatest potential for improving rural livelihood and eradicating poverty, and is a cornerstone of Ethiopia's medium term strategy - the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP). By the end of the GTP period, the government seeks to double yields of...
The Fostering Agriculture Competitiveness Employing Information and Communication Technologies (FACET) program, an associate award under the FIELD-Support LWA and managed by FHI 360, was funded by USAID/AFR/SD/EGEA––the partnership that oversees the design and implementation of USAID’s Global...
According to an article in the Global Times, the Pudong Agriculture Association will begin labeling a popular variety of locally grown watermelon with Quick Response (QR) codes this month. The association plans to label 300,000 melons in this pilot program to better ensure food safety.
The QR codes...
This paper focuses on how ICT solutions can empower agricultural producers by improving their marketing capabilities, with an emphasis on smallholder farmers. ICT solutions can increase efficiencies and improve competitive dynamics in agriculture, which can raise agricultural productivity and...
Major changes have been occurring almost unnoticed in staples value chains in Asia. The Quiet Revolution in Staples Value Chains documents and explains the transformation of value chains moving rice and potatoes between the farm gate and the consumer in Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China,...
This briefing paper presents the results of an assessment carried out to explore the current use of sustainable (without on-going donor support) and scalable (potentially to millions of farmers) agricultural market price information systems (MIS) in Africa, with a particular focus on East Africa....
This case study has been developed on the use of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in disseminating agricultural information to the farmers in Bangladesh. It was prepared by the ICT team of Katalyst and Dan Nippard of The Springfield Centre (www.springfieldcentre.com).
The case study ...
This study documents the various kinds of information and communications technology (ICT) initiative being implemented globally to improve agricultural value chains and agribusinesses. Many of the solutions presented entail improving access to reliable and timely information. Inequity in access to ...