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The Knowledge Base is home to valuable resources related to ICT in Agriculture and Rural Development. These resources are submitted by Community members covering experiences and outcomes through case studies and reports, ICT statistics, examples of government e-Agriculture programmes and policies, and other relevant information.

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  • 28/09/2016
    FAO is implementing the Global Forest Survey (GFS) project with the support of the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) of Germany. The mission of the GFS is to establish a global network of systematic ...
  • 26/09/2016
    GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 371 partners from national governments, non-...
  • 23/09/2016
    Data has become a valuable global commodity. But it is much more than simply information: in expert hands, it is intelligence. Already, analysts are finding ways to turn big data — the immense stocks of information collected in computers worldwide — into an invaluable resource for planning and...
  • 22/09/2016
    Agriculture is Mozambique’s primary economic activity and around 3.2 million smallholder farmers account for 95% of this sector's production. The percentage of smallholder farmers with access to credit facilities in Mozambique has steadily decreased over the past 10 years, while inefficiencies in...
  • 19/09/2016
    Many farmers dream of being able to visualize their land from above.Visualizing their fields can help them predict their upcoming yield, prioritize resources for areas where their crops might be suffering, and plan ahead. Some large-scale farmers, like Keimetit Chemilel, who grows vegetables, corn...
  • 05/09/2016
    Achieving Food Security in the future while using water resources in a sustainable manner will be a major challenge for us and the next generations. Agriculture is a key water user and a careful monitoring of water productivity in agriculture and exploring opportunities to increase it will be...
  • 02/09/2016
    This FAO Good Practice fact sheet aims to share the experience and technology behind eLocust3, a highly effective data recording and transmission system for crop pest monitoring. The document highlights the system’s innovative features and the lessons learned from the process of product development...
  • 01/09/2016
    In this Press Release, the Capsella consortium presents some of the outcomes of its first workshop’s Round Tables discussions moderated by experts from the agricultural and ICT & Data domains, which focused on the importance of an efficient data management and sharing. This first workshop was...
  • 30/08/2016
    29/08/2016 Bangkok, Thailand. Recent advances in information and communication technology are leading to remarkable improvements in agricultural production and food safety in Asia and the Pacific, a UN forum of ICT experts meeting in Bangkok heard today. From drones to smart phones, advances in ICT...
  • 30/08/2016
    The E-agriculture strategy guide is an attempt to provide countries with a framework to develop their national e-agriculture strategies. E-agriculture strategies will help to rationalize both financial and human resources, and address ICT opportunities for the agricultural sector in a more holistic...
  • 29/08/2016
    The Knowledge Management for Development Journal (KM4D Journal) is a peer-reviewed community-based journal on knowledge management for development – for and by development practitioners, researchers and policymakers. The journal is closely related to the KM4Dev community of practice. The KM4D...
  • 25/08/2016
    Open Foris is a set of free and open-source software tools that facilitates flexible and efficient data collection, analysis and reporting. Open Foris includes: Open Foris Collect Open Foris Collect is the main entry point for data collected in field-based inventories. It provides a fast, easy,...
  • 24/08/2016
    Jayalaxmi Agro Tech is an agriculture mobile technology solution provider from India. Its core focus is to bring Mobility, Analytics and Cloud (MAC) together into the hands of farmers. The developing team has developed several crops specific mobile applications for agriculture, horticulture and...
  • 22/08/2016
    Tanzania is using modern GPS enabled drone technology to enhance geospatial mapping, which has positive applications for a range of government projects and programs. By using drones to gather highly detailed information on flood plains, the country is able to plan and predict how water will move in...
  • 19/08/2016
    The Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community POETCom/SPC is undertaking a large effort to promote climate-resilient agriculture, a particular concern for the small island states of the Pacific. One goal is to engage youth farmers to harness the power of Web 2.0, so POETCom brought about 100...
  • 18/08/2016
    The 12th of August has annually been observed as International Youth Day, a United Nations initiative. The 2016 International Youth Day focused on eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable consumption and production. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is dedicated...
  • 17/08/2016
    The IICA Delegation in Saint Lucia with financial support of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), and in collaboration with the Caribbean Agricultural Forum for Youth (CAFY) is implementing a project that aims to improve access by youth entrepreneurs to information and...
  • 29/07/2016
    Digital technology is likely to continue to be a major driver of development and industry in Africa. The capabilities of local entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses to provide services such as technical assistance and finance are growing significantly due to greater access to mobile and internet...
  • 29/07/2016
    Farmers and end- consumers in India are connected with a long value chain which is characterised by several stakeholders and this distance is increasing because of the poor agricultural marketing and rent seeking behavior of players involved in this chain. Inefficient agricultural marketing is a...
  • 27/07/2016
    Substantial interest is focused on using video to disseminate agricultural information to rural farmers in the developing world. This paper explores the effectiveness of using this approach to improve rural farmers’ device literacy—that is, their ability to use mobile phones for purposes other than...
  • 26/07/2016
    Check out the price information website for agricultural commodities of the Zambia National Farmers Union. The ZNFU is collecting prices for the commodities on a weekly basis. The livestock commodities offered are: beef, goats, pigs and sheep. The crop commodities offered are: beans, cassava,...
  • 25/07/2016
    According to ESA Earth, 37% of the land on Earth is used for Agriculture. With an ever growing population, this portion of the planet has to become more and more productive. This means continuing to adapt with the technological changes that a modern world brings. In automatic irrigation and...
  • 25/07/2016
    This study by the International Journal of Innovative Research and Development is an attempt to understand the challenges in access and utilization of ICTs across gender in rural Kenya. Technology is an engine for economic growth. Strong links have been made between use of specific technologies and...
  • 18/07/2016
    Drone technology provides agriculturists with a cost-effective method of infrastructure planning. In Nigeria it has accelerated the planning, design and construction of rice irrigation systems. Read the full article here
  • 15/07/2016
    There is a wide gap between the fortunes of small-scale and large farmers. Large farmers have better access to credit, resources, risk reduction mechanisms and information. Could the adoption of smartphones create new opportunities to reduce rural inequalities in developing economies by addressing...
  • 11/07/2016
    The Listening Post is a platform for two-way communication between extension services and farmers. It takes advantage of the ubiquitous access to radio and mobile phones in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa to engage farmers on development initiatives. Through the Listening Post, development...
  • 08/07/2016
    A study by Joyous S. Tata and Paul E. McNamara of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE), University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Farmbook is a novel information communication technology (ICT) tool for agricultural extension that is currently being field tested by the Catholic...
  • 27/06/2016
    New technologies are leading to an exponential increase in the volume and types of available data, offering possibilities and innovative solutions for all global societies. This represents an opportunity – for instance to target tailored interventions to a specific group – as well a challenge,...
  • 24/06/2016
    Mobile phones and the internet have significantly affected practically all sectors of the economy, and agriculture is no exception. Building on a recent World Bank flagship report, this paper introduces a concise framework for describing the main benefits from new information and communications...
  • 22/06/2016
    In the Caribbean region, tourism is an essential element of the economy, and one of the sectors with the biggest growth in the recent years. The aim of this study is to explore the potential of how an ICT knowledge platform could support the development of the tourism-agribusiness linkages...

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