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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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  • 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...
  • 08/06/2016
    Arguably, poverty is concentrated in developing countries due to poor capacity to develop, to access and to manage agricultural information and knowledge. This is owed to disconnect that exist between the eAgricultural products available in the market and the information needs of the farmers. To...
  • 07/06/2016
    With almost 200 million people aged 15-24, Africa has the youngest population in the world1. Each year, 10 million young Africans enter the continent’s workforce, more than ever before. This highlights the great challenge of youth unemployment, but it could also be seen as a great opportunity to...
  • 03/06/2016
    Seasonal rainfall forecasts can help farmers adapt to climate change and improve their resilience to climate shocks. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) collaborated with the Senegalese National Meteorological Agency (ANACIM) to develop climate...
  • 02/06/2016
    In this digital era ICT has become a part and parcel of our daily life. It has also explored the field of agriculture. Thus, the present study focused on exploring the extent of use of ICT tools by the farmers and to find out the relationship between the selected characteristics of the farmers and...
  • 01/06/2016
    Agriculture is currently standing on the edge of a second green revolution. This revolution will entail fundamental shifts in how the agricultural sector utilises and implements innovative technology to improve output in a sustainable manner and address the need for greater food security globally....
  • 31/05/2016
    This paper will endeavour to briefly describe how the use of market information systems through mobile phones can promote agribusiness and improve the socio-economic welfare of small-scale farmers in rural areas. Generally, Zambian small-scale farmers can produce food and breed quality livestock....
  • 25/05/2016
    Economics will demand a leap from theoretical concept of artificial intelligence to its practical application in agriculture, many experts suggest. But this process has already begun and is irreversible. Automated irrigation systems, crop health monitoring, face recognition systems for domestic...
  • 24/05/2016
     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...
  • 24/05/2016
    Farm Radio International is a Canadian charity working with more than 500 radio partners in 38 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. The charity helps African radio broadcasters meet the needs of local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities. Farm Radio ...
  • 23/05/2016
    Mobile phones are more than tools for communicating; farmers consider them as a status symbol in society. Mobile money provides complementary services to farmers in the areas of banking, insurance and microfinance. Farmers need mobile applications that can meet their changing information needs and...
  • 20/05/2016
    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...

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