In the 175th edition of CTA's Spore magazine you will find a dossier on open and big data.
"Reliable data enables governments to draw up and assess more efficient policies and stakeholders to make better decisions. Agricultural statistics slipped out of favour to some extent until the mid-2000s,...
MyAgro helps farmers purchase agricultural tools on layaway via an SMS platform and a network of local vendors. Anushka Ratnayake started myAgro in 2011 as a pilot program in Mali and soon expanded it to Senegal. MyAgro’s success can be attributed to their approach of using a mobile phone platform...
The Fin4Ag conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, July 2014, was the largest and most extensive event ever staged focusing specifically on agri-financing. This text provides a valuable overview of the unique event, which covered new thinking around the three broad themes of innovative tools, a new...
From 29 April to 11 May e-Agriculture, FAO, ITU and CTA are hosting an online discussion “Towards National E-Agriculture Strategies". This online event is part of a joint effort between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration...
The is National e-Agriculture Strategy Guide was developed to reflect the growing impact that e-agriculture or the use of ICTs for agriculture can bring to the sector around the world today, and how it can make agriculture an rural development more efficient and more responsive to people's needs...
Many farmers in the developing world have limited access to agricultural technologies and markets. Mobile phone-enabled services that offer price information and market linkages could contribute towards bridging this gap by reducing uncertainty about expected profits, information asymmetries and...
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) organized an ICT Observatory meeting on the topic in 2013, preceded by a preparatory online discussion on the e-Agriculture Platform.
"Farmers and other agricultural actors are increasingly using ICTs, particularly mobile...
The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR), published by Palgrave Macmillan Journals on behalf the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), has published the article "Mobile Phones for Agricultural and Rural Development: A Literature Review and...
The Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research (MEJSR), by the International Organization for Scientific Information (IDOSI) has published the article "A Novel and High Speed Technique for Paddy Crops Disease Prediction in Wireless Tele-Agriculture Using Data Mining Techniques" by researchers S.A....
Agriculture continues to be the most important sector of the Indian economy and agriculture is a more or less a compulsion for livelihood of millions of farmers. Land and water resources have almost reached their limits, price of commodities are fluctuating almost every day, profits are...
The new issue of ICT Update, no. 79 "Data Revolution for Agriculture", by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, has just been published. The authors, by asking the key questions "What does open data mean for agriculture?" and "Why should people care about open data in...
From 22 September to 6 October 2014, the e-Agriculture Community of Practice organized its 24th e-Agriculture forum as part of the participatory discussion on the theme “Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development” organized by the Food and...
This guide was prepared in Niger by the “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security” project. It was developed during training given to journalists – both men and women – of rural and community radio stations. More specifically, its development follows...
Though Social Media applications can be effectively used by extension and advisory services, lack of awareness and skill about its use currently constrain its widespread use. Moreover the organisational culture within extension organisations also restricts exploitation of its full potential by...
The journal "World Development", by Elsevier, has published the article "Mobile Phones and Farmers’ Marketing Decisions in Ethiopia" (Vol. 68, pp. 296–307, 2015), an interesting article by researchers Getaw Tadesse and Godfrey Bahiigwa which aims to asses the real influence that the use of mobile...
The Gujarat Journal of Extension Education (GJOEE), by the Society of Extension Education Gujarat, India, has published the article "AGROPEDIA: An ICT Initiative in Agricultural Extension" by researchers K. C. Kamani, D. R. Kathiriya, P. S. Parsania, available in Vol. 25, Issue 1: December 2014.
Mobile for Development, by the GSM Association (GSMA), has published on 4 November 2014 the "Digital Inclusion Report 2014".
Although the progresses made in the last several years, the rural digital divide remains a major issue: according to the latest statistics by the International...
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has published "Integrating Mobiles into Development Project", an interesting handbook prepared by FHI 360 and OpenRevolution, and written by Josh Woodard, Jordan Weinstock, and Nicholas Lesher.
The handbook, which consists of two sections, "...
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development (APPG) of the UK Parliament, has just launched the publication "Harnessing the potential: ICTs and Knowledge Sharing in Agriculture".
This freshly-released report focuses on the great role that ICTs play in increasing the...
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has just launched the 2014 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report 2014 (MIS Report).
The MIS Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society,...
The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) assists people in developing countries in benefiting from information and communication technology to improve their livelihoods and quality of life. In ocusing their work on the less privileged, special consideration is given to...
The University of Washington, USA, has published the research paper by Tyler Blake Davis "Valuation of Public Access to Information and Communication Technology: A Benefit‐Cost Analysis Approach".
This interesting report is part of the Global Impact Study of Public Access to Information &...
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) ha publiched the paper by Jean Fairbairn and Ugne Lipeikaite "Small services big impact: public libraries’ contribution to urban and rural development".
In this interesting piece the authors explain how and why public...
The journal Africanus, SA ePublications, has published the article "The role of agricultural extension services in socio-economic development of east Africa : a critical review" by Prosper Venance Mgalama (Year 2014, Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 53-64).
In this article - based on desk research and...
The new issue of ICT Update, no. 78 "Building resilience for family farming", has just been published. In this issue, which lies within the framework of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the authors analyze the impact that ICTs have on family farmers' lives.
"ICTs are helping...
GSMA's mAgri programme has recently published "Guidelines for Agricultural Call Centres", a document written by Michael Nkonu.
The primary objective of an agricultural call centre is to provide timely and relevant information and advisory to facilitate decisions along the agriculture value chain....
From 16 April to 7 May 2014, the Technical Centre or Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the African Youth Foundation (AYF) organised an e-debate on “Enhancing Young Women’s engagement in ICT and Agriculture” to celebrate the International Girls in ICT Day.
Horizon Research Publishing has published on the journal "Sociology and Anthropology", Vol 2 No 4, the article "Information and Communication Technologies: An Agent of Social Change for Rural Women in Odisha" by Subrata S. Satapathy.
After having identified women's limited access to Information...
The World Bank has published the report "ICTs for Agriculture in Africa", a document by Omri Van Zyl, Trish Alexander, Liezl De Graaf and Kamal Mukherjee and Vikash Kumar.
Funded by the AfDB Korean Trust Fund, the WB Pfizer Trust Fund and the WB Africa regional department, this document focuses on...
The International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology (IJIRSET) has published on Vol. 3, Issue 6, June 2014, the paper "Applicability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Tools by Various Animal Husbandry (A.H.) Organizations in Andhra Pradesh", by...