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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.

Please note:

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

  • Alison Hodder, Rural and Urban Crop and Mechanization Systems Team (AGPML), FAO of the United Nations
  • Luigi Damiani, Rural and Urban Crop and Mechanization Systems Team (AGPML), FAO of the United Nations
  • Innocent Chamisa, Rural and Urban Crop and Mechanization Systems Team (AGPML), FAO of the United Nations
  • Imma Subirats, Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division (OPC), FAO of the United Nations
  • Thembani Malapela, Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division (OPC), FAO of the United Nations

Subject Matter Experts 

  1. Dr Wilfried Baudoin -Senior Agronomist /Horticulture Specialist- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO- Retiree)
  2. Dr Azzam Saleh Ayasa - Head of Programme Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) │West Bank and Gaza Strip Mount of Olives .Jerusalem.
  3. Dr Simone Sala - - ICT-4- Agriculture and Environment Expert –FAO, he focuses on the research and practice of applying ICT to sustainable development. He worked with universities (Columbia University, MIT IDI, UniMi, USI-Lugano), NGOs, and Italian Development Cooperation in Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Middle East.

Case Study Contributors

  1. Mr Hasib Ahsan - (Case study provider) – Current Large Scale Projects (ICT4D) 
  2. Mr Keron Bascombe, (Case study provider) Agricultural Blogger, creator and editor of the blog Tech4agri.com, a small startup that functions as a social enterprise that seeks to assist young persons in accessing up to date info topics that related to Caribbean agriculture. – Trinidad and Tobago- Country representative in the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) Steering committee.
  3. Mr Erick Zvavanyange, (Case study provider) is the Country representative under the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development.
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by e-Agriculture
05/04/2017 - 09:43
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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

e-Agriculture Forum on ICTs for Resilience

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 info@e-agriculture.org 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. 

Subject Matter Experts and Case Study Contributors

Lee H. Babcock – Mobile Finance Specialist – LHB Associates – USA

Sharbendu Banerjee – Global Director Mobile – CABI – India

Justin Chisenga – Capacity Development Officer – FAO – Italy

Theo Cosmora – CEO and Founder – SocialEco Ltd - UK

Keith Cressman – Senior Agricultural Officer – FAO - Italy

Gwenaelle Dauphin – Animal Health Officer - FAO – Italy

Shaun Ferris – Director Agriculture and Livelihoods – Catholic Relief Services – USA

Rachel Firestone - ICT and Innovation specialist - World Bank Group - USA

Richard Heeks - Director, Centre for Development Informatics - UK

Walter Mayer - CEO – Progis – Germany

Walter de Oliveira – Senior Programme Coordinator- FAO - Mozambique

Santosh Ostwal – CEO and Founder - Ossian Agro Automation Pvt Ltd - India

Julio Pinto – Animal Health Officer – FAO – Italy

Tetsuya Uchino – Business Strategy Unit – Fujitsu Kuyushi Systems Ltd – Japan



Alice Van der Elstraeten (FAO)


Pietro Aldobrandini (FAO)

Forum Questions

Week 1
a. What is resilience and how can ICTs help resilience programmes or projects? (November 28th)

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)

Week 2
a. How should the use of ICTs best be integrated in resilience programmes or projects? (December 5th)

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)

For any further information please contact info@e-agriculture.org, Alice Van der Elstraeten: alice.vanderelstraeten@hotmail.com or Pietro Aldobrandini: pietro.aldobrandini@fao.org

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by Sophie Treinen
13/02/2017 - 16:18
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The e-Agriculture Community of Practice, along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is organizing an online forum on “National E-agriculture Strategy Development”, which will take place from 29 April to 15 may 2015 on e-Agriculture.org.

This online event is part of a joint effort between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and several other stakeholders to support countries in developing their national e-agriculture strategies and to mainstream ICT in Agriculture. This joint effort includes the development of a “e-agriculture strategy development guide”, a series of global and regional capacity development events and direct technical assistance to countries.

More information on the “e-agriculture strategy guide” and the process can be found on our page dedicated to the subject e-agriculture strategies.

Currently, two country pilots are implemented in Asia region using the methodology and set of tools proposed in the guide to develop a vision, an action plan and an evaluation framework to support the upscale of ICT in agriculture in those countries. 

The e-Agriculture Forum, which will involve the participation of subject matter experts, will complement these efforts by providing a concrete and experience-based feedback and insights to improve and enrich the guide before its publication.

All inputs collected during the e-Agriculture Forum will be used to create a strong case for e-agriculture strategy development and for providing countries with comprehensive yet pragmatic set of tools that can facilitate good strategy development process ensuring that resulted strategy is realistic and enjoying a strong community buy-in.

All the members of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice are invited and encouraged to participate in the forum.

Subject Matter Experts:

1.    Edward Addo-Dankwa, Value Chain Development Expert, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana
2.    Eric Contayon, Technical Advisor, Ministry of Post and ICTs, Côte d’Ivoire
3.    Hani Eskandar, ICT Applications Coordinator, ITU, Switzerland
4.    Ken Lohento, ICT4AG Programme Coordinator, CTA, The Netherlands
5.    Gerard Sylvester, KM and Information Officer, FAO, Thailand
6.    Josh Woodard, Regional ICT & Finance Specialist, FHI 360, Thailand
7.    Nanjapur Yaduraju, Agri-consultant, India


1.    Ashish Narayan, Programme Coordinator, ITU, Thailand
2.    Alice Van der Elstraeten, KM and Gender Officer, FAO, Switzerland

Everyone will be able to follow the discussion, but in order to publish a post in the Forum you need to register to e-Agriculture! 
It's fast and simple: just visit www.e-Agriculture.org/user/register

Would you like to get the discussion updates in your mailbox and/or participate per e-mail? 
Read the instructions here. 

If you need assistance or if you experience any issue, don't hesitate to contact us at info@e-Agriculture.org

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by larrylugo
17/05/2015 - 04:20
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Join us from 22 September to 6 October 2014 and discuss with our panel of distinguished Subject Matter Experts during the 24th e-Agriculture forum, jointly organized by e-Agriculture Community of Practice in partnership with FAO and AMARC, within the framework of the International Year of Family Farming.

This online forum is part of the participatory discussion “Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development”, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC).

The e-Agriculture forum will discuss and complement the outcomes of three regional online consultations taking place on the online platforms of Onda Rural for Latin America, YenKasa for Africa and ComDev Asia for Asia and the Pacific from 25 August to 12 September..

All the inputs collected during the participatory discussion will inform the Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM), to be held within the framework of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), from 23 to 24 October 2014 in Rome, Italy. The FCCM will identify opportunities, policy options and strategic initiatives to promote rural communication services in support of family farming and rural development.


There is growing consensus on communication and community media as drivers for social change in rural areas: they facilitate access to timely information for improved agricultural production and, above all, they encourage farmer participation in the rural development process.


Subject matter experts include:

Facilitator: Alice Van der Elstraeten | FAO

 Everyone will be able to follow the discussion, but in order to publish a post in the Forum you need to register to e-Agriculture! It's fast and simple: just visit www.e-Agriculture.org/user/register! If you need assistance or if you experience any issue, don't hesitate to contact us at info@e-Agriculture.org

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15/10/2014 - 15:04
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Welcome to the “WSIS+10 Forum” sponsored by the Grameen Foundation and FAO. Join us from 25 November through 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 have been invested. Now more than ever we need to reflect on our experiences and strategize for the future.
What have we learned? What are the obstacles that still need to be overcome? Is everyone benefiting equally from these advances in technology?

In 2014 and 2015 reviews of our successes and failures in improving agricultural and rural development with ICT will be part of the WSIS+10 events and the MDG review. Multiple local, national and regional events will provide inputs. The e-Agriculture Community, has been invited to make its own inputs, and the Grameen Foundation has kindly offered to lead this activity.
Our guest Subject Matter Experts will contribute to the discussion, including:
•    Md. Shahid Uddin Akbar, CEO, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development
•    Lee Babcock, Managing Director, LHB Associates
•    Stephane Boyera, CEO, SB Consulting
•    Esteban Gallego, MANA Manager (Regional Food Security Program)
•    Enrique Hennings, Global Producer Finance Manager, Fairtrade International
•    Kiringai Kamau, Value Chain Analyst, VACID Africa
•    Megan Mayzelle, e-Afghan Ag, UC Davis
•    Hillary Miller-Wise, VP, Information Services, Grameen Foundation
•    Pablo Ramirez, Ethical Sourcing Manager, Starbucks
•    Rachel Sibande, Chief of Party, Agribusiness Systems International's Malawi TEXTs programs
•    Gerard Sylvester, FAO Asia-Pacific
•    John Tull, Director, Mobile Agriculture Innovation, Grameen Foundation
•    Rachel Zedeck, Founder, Backpack Farm Agriculture Program

A synthesis will be prepared following the debate and a policy brief, which will take into account key initiatives, recommendations and conclusions, will be prepared for use in the WSIS+10 High Level Event scheduled for April 2014.

The forum is moderated by Juan Forero (Grameen Foundation) and Michael Riggs (FAO).

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by Juan Forero
09/12/2013 - 15:50
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Join this discussion from 20 to 31 May 2013.

Smallholder farmers are the world’s largest group of working-age poor. Much of the world’s food supply depends on their efforts, yet a lack of financial services often stymies their attempts to make productivity-enhancing investments and to smooth their consumption between periods of plenty and scarcity. Capital-constrained farmers minimize risk instead of maximizing return.
Studies have identified four kinds of financial services that farmers need to achieve their economic goals: credit, savings, transfer and payment facilities, and insurance.
ICT has created the potential to deliver a greater diversity of financial products to greater numbers of rural clients than conventional financial service providers have been able to reach. ICT can also enhance the government’s capacity to monitor and evaluate financial services provided to rural clients and design effective financial policies and regulations for the rural sector. [Source: ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook module 7.]
In discussion with our subject matter experts, we will identify innovative practices that use ICT to enable rural financial services and micro-insurance; and, learn about ICT-related challenges and what is being done to address these.
Subject Matter Experts
   Ron Bielens, consultant
   Anita Campion, Founder, AZMJ
   Saleh Gashua, Secretary General, AFRACA
   Juliet Kyokunda, Microinsurance Agency
   Calvin Miller, Senior Rural Finance Officer, FAO
   Won-Sik Noh, Secretary General, APRACA
   Maria Pagura, Senior Program Officer, World Bank
   Michael Tarazi, Senior Policy Specialist, CGAP
   Roger Thomas Moyes, consultant, World Bank
This is the 6th forum in a series of online discussions being organized by the World Bank and FAO, and hosted in the e-Agriculture platform. The forum builds on Module 7 of the ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook.

To participate you need to be registered and log in to this site. Registration is simple at http://www.e-agriculture.org/user/register
If you have questions or need assistance, contact us at info@e-agriculture.org

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by Michael Riggs
03/06/2013 - 09:30
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Preparatory discussion 25 February – 08 March 2013

These activities are organized by CTA in collaboration with the FAO, the World Bank, the East African Farmers’ Federation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (Rwanda), The Ministry of Communication (Ghana), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), the NEPAD Agency and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA/ISTD).

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This discussion will gather opinions and recommendations from a wide audience of global ICT and agriculture stakeholders and identify additional initiatives and issues that could be discussed.
Even though in most ACP countries there are no specific ICT for agriculture strategies, the background report commissioned by CTA, prior to the workshop, informs that e-agriculture strategy initiatives have been or are being put in place in a few countries such as Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast, Rwanda. Moreover, in most ICT policies developed with the support of organizations such as the UNECA, IICD, UNDP etc., there are provisions on sectoral strategies for agriculture. The report also illustrates that there is a lack of understanding or a lack of interest, and different approaches on that issue.
The specific questions to be addressed during the debate are:
Week 1:  The concept, need and state of adoption of e-agriculture strategies in ACP countries and beyond
1. Why are national e-agriculture strategies (also referred to as “ICT for agriculture strategies” or “cyber-strategies for agriculture”) needed for the agricultural sector to fully realize the benefits of ICTs?
2. What examples of ICT strategies targeting the agricultural sector do we have in ACP and in non-ACP countries (“ACP” stands for “Africa, Caribbean and Pacific”)?
3. What are the key target areas and value chain segments for these e-agriculture strategies? And Why?
Week 2: Stakeholders, challenges and lessons learned for formulating and implementing inclusive e-agriculture strategies
4. What are the key challenges faced in formulating and implementing these strategies/policies and what lessons learned from on-going or past processes?
5. Stakeholder roles: What are the roles of ICT and agricultural stakeholders in e-agriculture strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation? How can we ensure the full participation of farmers and other non-governmental stakeholders ? What are the role(s) of the Ministry in charge of ICT and the one in charge of Agriculture? What role(s) for international stakeholders?
6. What key policy recommendations can be made to support the implementation of effective e-agriculture strategies or policies?
Subject Matter Experts from various organizations will contribute to the discussions. A synthesis will be prepared following the debate and a policy brief, which will take into account key initiatives, recommendations and conclusions, will be prepared following the organization of the ICT Observatory meeting.
Subject Matter Experts:
• Benjamin Addom, consultant, ICT for Agriculture
• Justin Chisenga, Regional Office for Africa, FAO
• Aparajita Goyal, Economist, Agricultural and Environment Services, World Bank
• Stella Kamuyu Wanjau, East African Farmer Federation (EAFF)
• Ken Lohento, ICT4D Programme Coordinator, CTA
• Anju Mangal, ICT4D Officer, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
• Mary Rucibigango, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda
• Issah Yahaya, Director, Policy Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, Ministry of Communications, Ghana
• Representative of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA/ISTD)

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by Michael Riggs
20/05/2013 - 19:16
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This was the fifth in a series of online discussions that stem from the launch of the World Bank's ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook and the growing demand for knowledge on how to use ICT to improve agricultural productivity and raise smallholder incomes. 12-23 November 2012

Producer organizations play an important role in tackling the systemic causes of poverty, because they give farmers—men and women—a legitimate voice in shaping pro-poor rural policies.  Producer organizations can function more efficiently by using information communication technologies (ICT) to attract and retain a wider membership, generate more funds, and provide better services to their members. 

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by kiringai
20/05/2013 - 19:13
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This was the fourth in a series of online discussions that stem from the launch of the World Bank's ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook and the growing demand for knowledge on how to use ICT to improve agricultural productivity and raise smallholder incomes. 17-28 September 2012

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can expand communication, cooperation, and ultimately innovation among the wide array of actors in agriculture. Building on Module 6 of the "ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook", this forum explored how ICT can improve the concepts and operations discussed in the Agricultural Innovation Systems Sourcebook.

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by kiringai
20/05/2013 - 19:13
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This was the third in a series of discussions following the publication of the "ICT in Agriculture" Sourcebook, responding to the growing demand for knowledge on how to use ICT to improve agricultural productivity and raise smallholder incomes. 11-22 June 2012

New ICT tools such as mobile phones, GIS, repositories, and a variety of software application are making data collection and M&E activities easier and less expensive to implement. This forum explored how these tools can be used, along with the challenges associated.


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by rob_kib
20/05/2013 - 19:13
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This forum has been part of a collaboration between the World Bank, FAO and the e-Agriculture Community, carrying out a series of online forums to further develop resources for the ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook - 5 to 16 March 2012
This forum explored how information and communication technologies (ICT) can support "green growth" and climate-smart agriculture. Climate-smart agriculture seeks to increase productivity while reducing contributions to climate change. Success is essential in order to provide enough food for the world’s population and to mitigate environmental damage. ICT holds real promise in two particular areas: as tools for land use planning and management; and, as risk management tools for climate change adaptation. 



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This forum has been part of a collaboration between the World Bank, FAO and the e-Agriculture Community, carrying out a series of online forums to further develop resources for the ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook - 5 to 16 December 2011

This forum follows module 9, beginning with the need for and impact of ICT in agricultural marketing from the perspectives of producers, consumers, and traders. It continues to look at mobile phones as a marketing tool; evidence that ICT is changing logistics and transaction costs; the use of ICTs for market research (both for acquiring immediate market information and acquiring market intelligence over time); and the use of ICT to make input supply and use more effective. This is a unique opportunity to share with The World Bank and others your own case studies, challenges you have faced, and leading trends you have identified.

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by Kelly Wanda
19/12/2011 - 21:10
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The Benefits of Forming Strong Partnerships to Create Sustainable and Scalable Information Advisory Services 21 November to 2 December, 2011 

The mFarmer Initiative, a partnership between GSMA, USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) was set up to support mobile operators and agricultural partners in launching mobile information services that benefit farmers and are commercially viable. This forum initiated a discussion around the types of partnerships that are conducive to creating sustainable and scalable mobile information and advisory services for farmers. The forum focused on the different roles of each partner, namely mobile network operators (MNOs) and agricultural organizations, the assets that each bring to the partnership, and the challenges currently experienced.

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by e-Agriculture
15/12/2011 - 15:01
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Katalyst and e-Agriculture organized this online forum to discuss the challenges of linking impact with the use of ICTs in agriculture - 25 September to 6 October 2011

This forum discussed the present practices and critical issues (regarding both implementation and monitoring) of ICT initiatives in agriculture. Forum participants concluded that ICT will only become an effective and mainstream tool for poverty reduction and sustainable development if the proponents of ICT for development can provide more rigorous evidence, strategies, benchmarks, indicators, and promising practices that are directly relevant to the core poverty-reduction and development priorities of developing countries and their international partners. 

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by gelb
20/05/2013 - 19:13
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e-Agriculture et le Centre Technique de Coopération Agricole et Rurale (CTA) ont organisé une discussion en ligne en français, du 9 au 31 mai 2011.

Ce forum avait comme objectif participer à l’amélioration des politiques et des processus concernant l’utilisation des TIC et du genre au service de l’agriculture et du développement rural, afin d’avoir un impact positif sur les moyens d’existence en milieu rural. L’accès universel aux Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (TIC) est en passe de devenir un droit humain, et Les Nations unies encouragent un accès universel à l'Internet. La perception la plus répandue est que l’Internet et les autres TIC peuvent apporter des changements positifs ; et en milieu rural, ces changements touchent les moyens d’existence des communautés et des femmes en particulier. 


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by kbheenick
20/05/2013 - 19:13
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This e-consultation focused on the topic of sharing and interoperability of data and information for agricultural research for development - 4 to 15 April 2011.

The discussions' summary served as a background document for an international Expert Consultation held in Beijing during the month of June, 2011. The e-consultation centered around the following questions: What are we sharing and what needs to be shared? What are the prospects for interoperability in the future? What are the emerging tools, standards and infrastructures? What actions should now be facilitated by the CIARD Task Forces?


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by jimcory
21/04/2011 - 15:40
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Is it possible to effectively analyze the socio-economic impact of ICT in rural areas?
This forum was organized by GTZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and partners. 24 November to 1 December 2010.
This online discussion followed a successful face-to-face conference "ICT for Rural Economic Development" held in Berlin in 2010. During this forum, the facilitators encouraged participants to share their insights relating to the socio-economic impact of ICT in rural areas, methods of analysis, and how to make this information widely accessible and available.
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by moreno7502
02/12/2010 - 19:33
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Quality Promises & Considerations in Learning Repositories and Portals (AgLR 2010). Organized by AgLR-Task Force and e-Agriculture. 6-29 October 2010. 
This forum was organized to seek a common understanding of the quality considerations for all the stakeholders in learning repositories and portals on agricultural and environmental issues. Participants shared guidance, standards, technologies, tools, recommendations, and good practices for: building quality into the creation process of learning resources; creating processes & tools to ensure quality in the resource annotation, curation and preservation life cycles; setting up quality processes on a repository level; defining quality criteria and processes on a web portal level; assessing the quality of learning resources; taking advantage of users' feedback as a component of the quality status of either a repository or a portal.
Subforums: Phase I (39), Phase II (31), Resources (8), Guidelines & FAQs (1)
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Exploring some of the challenges faced when implementing projects aimed at empowering women in ICTs in relation to rural livelihoods. Organized by e-Agriculture and GenARDIS. 5-16 July 2010

For Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to benefit women in agricultural production and to challenge existing gender imbalances in rural livelihoods, it is necessary to understand women’s status and the gender roles and responsibilities in the society. Thus, when designing interventions, projects need to consider that women are integral to households, families and communities and that gender issues are not fixed, varying from community to community

Subforums: Introductions (39), Discussions (95), Survey (9), Resources (9), Guidelines (1)
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e-Agricultura en colaboración con IICA llevó a cabo un foro virtual que analizó las principales oportunidades y retos de las intervenciones de las Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación (TIC) en las cadenas de valor agrícolas. Agosto, 2010.
Con un enfoque especial en el uso de las TIC en el desarrollo rural, este evento brindó una oportunidad única para el intercambio de conocimientos sobre buenas prácticas, expectativas y retos para el futuro sobre el tema, explorando a su vez las experiencias de los sectores públicos y privados y de las comunidades rurales en general. 


Subforums: Presentaciones (53), Discusiones (125), Materiales (11)
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This forum discussed the key opportunities and challenges of ICT interventions in agricultural value chains with a special focus on the most beneficial interventions in rural areas. 7-18 December 2009.

The discussions proved to be a key opportunity for knowledge sharing on good practices, presenting expectations of future challenges and outcomes, and considered the critical role of policy makers, rural service providers, and the agricultural community at large. The e-Agriculture team is currently working on the final summary of the forum.


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El IICA y e-Agricultura organizaron este foro para discutir las formas de empleo de telefonía móvil que ofrecen mayores beneficios y oportunidades de desarrollo al sector rural. Abril, 2009.
El objetivo primordial del foro fué el de compartir perspectivas sobre resultados y obstáculos que se pueden encontrar en referencia a el impacto de la telefonía móvil en áreas rurales, y además, el de describir el rol que los gobiernos, los proveedores de servicios en áreas rurales, y la comunidad agrícola en general deben de tomar. Los teléfonos móviles representan un caso exitoso de la reducción de la brecha digital, trayendo beneficios económicos tangibles y actuando como agentes de movilización social a través de una mejor comunicación.
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This Forum examined the challenges that rural communities face in enhancing the benefits of mobile telephony, and looked at some examples of interesting initiatives and good outcomes from around the globe. November, 2008.

As an affordable and accessible means of communication, rural communities are realizing the potential of mobile telephony to create economic opportunities and strengthen social networks. Mobile telephony effectively reduces the "distance" between individuals and institutions, making the sharing of information and knowledge easier and more effective. The mobile telephone is no longer just an audio communication tool but capable of providing additional integrated functions. Yet, mobile telephony, like all technologies, does face limitations and challenges.
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This online discussion was moderated by Katalyst, a multi-donor funded market development project implemented by Swisscontact, the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation and co-implemented by GTZ-International Services. 

Areas which were explored included: a) The scope of Public Private Partnerships to implement e-Agriculture successfully; b) Understanding the major and common constraints in PPP based on past experiences and current practices; c) Suggestions and solutions to overcome the challenges and focus on bringing practical solutions; and d) The roles of stakeholders: government, private sector, and others. 


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This forum was organized by the World fish center, in collaboration with the Fisheries and Aquaculture department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Discussion topics included: How are ICTs being used in Fisheries programmes? What are the constraints and opportunities of using ICT to support Fisheries and Fishing communities? How can the use of ICTs be extended in the fisheries sector?

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"If a tree grows in the laboratory, will the poor eat its fruit?" This forum was organized by the ICT-KM Programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

The objective of this Forum was to make it easier for CGIAR staff, partners and potential partners to access, use and add value to the research and to the scientific outputs of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). This was a discussion on "Global Public Goods (GPGs): From Data and Information to Food”. The ICT-KM programme promotes and supports the use of ICT and knowledge management (KM) to improve the effectiveness of the CGIAR System's work on behalf of the poor in developing countries.


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This forum built on the results of the 2006 e-Agriculture survey, and focused on respondents' experiences with innovative e-agriculture systems and ways to make e-agriculture systems and their content demand driven. The results of the Forum were presented at e-Agriculture week from  21-28 September 2007.

The discussions focused around the following questions: Improving Information Access for Farmers: How Can This be Achieved? What are the different important elements in enabling access at the front and back ends (i.e. getting the information into the system, and making sure farmers can access the system) How do these vary depending on the different kinds of information demanded? How do these vary depending on different demanders? How can the private sector get involved in e-agriculture? What are some examples of successful private initiatives or public-private partnerships in e-agriculture and what made them successful? - What are the key factors in successful information management policies and strategies for agriculture?

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