Mobile money is a service that allows monetary value to be stored on a mobile phone and sent to other users via text messages. Mobile money was first introduced in South Africa and the Philippines about 10 years ago. In Kenya, this service was introduced in March 2007 and was called “M-PESA” (M is...
The market-led, user-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) Service Bundle was officially launched at the CTA Uganda country office on 8 March 2017. MUIIS is an innovative project that harnesses the power of satellite data to support extension and advisory services to farmers in Uganda....
Smart agriculture is essential in tackling many of smallholders problems with their cultivations and for their development. Smart agriculture is an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security...
Mercy Corps, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, today launched AgriFin Accelerate in Zambia. The AgriFin Accelerate program is a six-year, USD 25 million program. The program seeks to address the financial inclusion gap for smallholder farmers (SHF) who lack access to affordable,...
Mobile has the most potential to improve the income of smallholder farmers in developing countries in Africa, India and the Middle East. The up take of mobile technology (and mobile penetration rate) for agricultural and rural development in the Global South has been on the increase. Connected...
Report: "Livelihoods Approaches to Information and Communication in Support of Rural Poverty Elimination and Food Security"
The study considers the opportunities for livelihoods approaches to improve information and communication initiatives in developing countries. The object of this report is to...
Introduction of mobile phones opened a new era of information dissemination and service delivery in the agricultural sector. Starting with short messaging service (SMS) and voice messages, it crossed leaps and bounds, revolutionalized the agri information sector in each and every stage of farming....
This paper establishes the relationship between the rural development in India and the social media networks. The area of rural development in India is as multi- faceted as the country itself and by and large media has affected almost every aspect of rural development. The paper extends the...
Thanks to the increasingly ease of use of ICTs and the overall reduction of cost of technology, the application of ICTs is becoming mature in a myriad of different sectors connected to global development initiatives. Whether a few years ago such applications were the domain of single pioneers from...
Greetings from BIID, Bangladesh!
Please join us at the first e-Ag Conference 2014, to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in December 3-4, 2014.
This event is, being hosted The Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID) and mPower from Bangladesh with support from USAID, MEAS and CRS and leading...
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...
Click here to join the dicussion from 25 November to 6 December.
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...