The Role of ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based system (mainly fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s Rural and Urban Crop and Mechanization Systems Team (AGPML) and the E-Agriculture Team, (OPC) have organised the online forum discussion themed, The Role of ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based system. This forum will take place from 06 March to 27 of March 2017 on the E-Agriculture Platform.
This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of broader discussion that aims to present the ongoing evolution in Agriculture and Horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promises to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.
This forum seeks to encourage and gather success stories in the application and use of ICTs in sustainable intensification of horticulture crop production systems. These technologies include, but not limited to, mobile phone technology, geographic information systems, remote sensing, precision and other innovative smart farming technologies. In this discussion we want to encourage you to share motivations for adopting innovative ICT technologies in Horticulture crop based systems, your experiences, lessons learnt and challenges encountered as well as the way forward in ensuring that both smallholder farmers and commercial farmers worldwide benefit from these ICT innovations and technologies in SCPI of horticulture based systems.
Participating in the Forum
This forum will take place from 06 March to 27 of March 2017. The Forum is structured into three discussion questions and which will be introduced at weekly intervals. Participants are free to post related comments within each respective week.
Mr. Wilfried Baudoin : Senior Agronomist /Horticulture Specialist - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO- Retiree) will open the discussion with a brief introduction to “ICTs in Horticulture”.
This forum will be moderated by
Subject Matter Experts and Case Study Contributors
To be provided in due course
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and e-Agriculture are preparing an online forum discussion on "Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Resilience". The forum will take place from 28 November to 13 December 2016. We invite all our members to participate and to follow the discussion.
Many successful experiences on the use of ICTs for Resilience at FAO have already been documented such as eLocust, SWALIM, OpenForis, EMA-i, EMPRES-i, etc. Based on these experiences and others from the partners, subject matter experts and members of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice, a two week discussion forum will be held to capitalize on these experiences, to share knowledge and to work towards overall recommendations on the use of ICTs for Resilience.
Resilience - Sustainable development cannot be achieved without resilient livelihoods. People around the world are increasingly exposed to natural hazards and crises – from drought, floods, earthquakes and disease epidemics to conflict, market shocks and complex, protracted crises. Worldwide, 75 percent of poor and food insecure people rely on agriculture and natural resources for their living. People who rely on farming, livestock, forests or fishing for their food and income – around one-third of the world’s population – are often the most vulnerable and affected. Climate change, in particular extreme weather-related shocks, is exacerbating the situation.
ICTs for Resilience - Today, more and more ICTs are used in agriculture, fishery or forestry. The use of such technologies in agriculture and rural development is called e-Agriculture. ICTs that can be harnessed for e-Agriculture may include devices, networks, services and applications. These can range from cutting edge Internet-based technologies and sensing tools to other technologies that have been around for much longer, such as radio, telephones, televisions, mobile phones and satellites.
FAO and ICTs for Resilience - FAO promotes the use of ICTs to reinforce the resilience capacity of states, communities and individuals. ICTs can be a powerful tool for to strengthen community preparedness and resilience to natural disasters. ICTs have the advantage that they can be controlled from a different geographic area where data can be centralized in a safer zone. This also proves to be an asset in difficult situations such as insecure and war-torn countries (e.g. Somalia). Another advantage is that through ICTs data can be transferred in a very fast and effective way which proves to be essential in situations where a delay in information can be fatal for farmers and their crops. FAO Resilience website
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) - The mandate for the e-Agriculture Action Line was extended in the WSIS+10 Vision. Building on work to date, it encouraged the use of ICTs to reinforce the resilience of communities faced with natural and man-made disasters and environmental change. Point “e” of WSIS+10 Vision for WSIS Beyond 2015: “C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life: e-Agriculture”, aims to “promote the use of ICTs to reinforce the resilience capacity of states, communities and individuals to mitigate and adapt to natural and manmade disasters, food chain challenges, socio-economic and other crises, conflicts and transboundary threats, diseases, and environmental damages.” WSIS Website
Within the global discussion on Resilience, FAO and e-Agriculture want to bring forward specific solutions ICTs can bring. The forum will take place from 28 November till 13 December. Members of the platform can share their views continuously during those two weeks, once they have logged in.
The forum page can be accessed through the following link: http://www.e-agriculture.org/forums/forum-archive/forum-icts-resilience. The questions will only be activated during the forum, starting with the first.
In order to participate/comment you will have login at the time of the forum. Please contact email@example.com if you have no longer access to your account.
The forum will be opened by Mr. Shukri Ahmed, Deputy Strategic Planning Leader – Resilience from FAO with a global introduction on the topic of resilience and the important role ICTs will play.
Alice Van der Elstraeten (FAO)
Pietro Aldobrandini (FAO)
b. Do you have concrete examples of successful use of ICTs in resilience? (November 30th)
c. What are the specific constraints you have faced in the use of ICTs for resilience? (December 2nd)
b. What are the recommendations you would have to decision makers for the use of ICTs in resilience? (NGOs, civil society and governments) (December 9th)
How should the...
by Sophie Treinen
13/02/2017 - 16:18
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