While digital financial services via mobile channels offer great promise for improving the lives of smallholders and their families, significant challenges remain.
We often state that ICTs are a valuable tool to empower farmers: via their mobile phone or through a computer, they are able to connect to the market, check weather forecast, of consult experts, etc. Though, the severe lack of infrastructures among many rural communities hinder the use of any...
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Over the last several years, there has been significant progress in improving communication and decision making in rural areas through the application of new technologies. Multi-stakeholder partnerships have formed, and time and money...
On Wednesday, November 8th 2013, the Ugandan magazine The Independent published an interview by Stephen Kafeero with Sean Krepp, Uganda’s Country Director for the Grameen Foundation.
The Grameen Foundation has seen the potential of ICTs as applied to subsistence agriculture, and is therefore...
AGORA makes online scientific literature available to over 100 poor countries - Tenth anniversary celebrated in Rome
AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the...
Project Loon is a network of balloons created by Google, which float higher than airplanes and are carried around the Earth by winds. These balloons are designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, through a special Internet antenna (a “red pin”) attached to buildings and houses. The...
The conference of the RICTD 2013 committee welcomes both academic and practitioner papers on a wide range of topics and a wide range of scholarly approaches. The main focus of the conference is related to rural ICT development.
Selected papers from this conference can be considered for publication...
The Practical Action team in Lima, Peru led a Facebook campaign that increased engagement and awareness around the issues surrounding the production of native potatoes.
Doris Mejía explains how her NGO turned mass attention on the plight of Andean communities through a Facebook campaign
The e-Agriculture platform has hosted 20 online forums during the last 5 years, where over 500 ideas and experiences were shared.
With 67,000 visits from over 200 countries, these forums focused on Community-identified topics about ICT for agricultural and rural development. Each topic was led by...
"As we strive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and shape the post-2015 development agenda, expanding the benefits of ICTs will be crucial." (United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)
In a video message to the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications, taking place in...
On 11 October 2012, ITU launched the Measuring the Information Society (MIS) Report 2012. This report presents the ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB), which are two forms of measure used for benchmarking and explaining differences among countries and within regions when it...
The Mobile Web for Social Development Roadmap, recently published as a result of the EU-FP7 Digital World Forum project, makes it abundantly clear that realizing the full potential of mobile ICT and Web services requires addressing two big types of challenges:
The leveraging of content that is...
E-TIC: A program of IC Volunteers
The present guide on organic farming is aimed at providing farmers with learning tools to increase their knowledge in order for them to ensure a sustainable agricultural production and productivity on crops management and income. The crops listed in the guide are...
IKSL is a joint collaboration between the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO) -the largest farmer cooperative in India- and Airtel, a mobile network operator. IKSL is dedicated to "Empower farmers and people living in rural India with pertinent and high quality information and...
Manthan Award is the first of its kind initiative in India to recognize the best practices in e-Content and Creativity. It was launched in 2004, by Digital Empowerment Foundation in partnership with World Summit Award, Department of Information Technology, Government of India, and various other...
Sojabook is the rural Facebook connecting farmers
Created 6 months ago by Mariano Torrubiano, a 31 years old argentinean, Sojabook already has more than 10 thousand users, of which 15% are Brazilians, but there are also users from Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, China and India.
At Sojabook people from...
Digital Green is an organization dedicated to improve the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of small farmer livelihoods. Their work is focused on the dissemination of targeted agricultural information to small and marginal farmers using a cost-realistic media exchange, supported by...
GPS technology has served researchers and professionals for accurate outcomes in varied generas of interest. Meanwhile this news coverage in Ecologists describes the use of the technology by the indigenous Eastern Cameroonian community to overcome the eco-crisis.
Lack of precise digital map of the...
Knowledge Access for Rural Inter-connected Areas Network (KariaNet) is a regional network for the management and sharing of knowledge, information and experience in agriculture and rural development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
This Network, inspired by 'open access principles...
Exprima and coffee importer Sustainable Harvest have created a variety of iPad apps, the Relationship Information Tracking System (RITS), for coffee farmers in the developing world. They are targeting not the farmers directly but the coffee co-ops.
The RITS Ed app features training videos in...