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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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  • 30/11/2016
    For mor information on how ICTs are used for improved access to agricultural inputs in Mozambique download the pdf attached to this post. This pdf was made available by Walter de Oliveira from FAO Mozambique within the framework of the online forum discussion on the use of ICTs for resilience.   
  • 25/11/2016
    With the advent of web 2.0 and social media, a new phase of data openness began a few years ago when a number of tools and technologies were made available and accessible to many people worldwide. This has provided increased access to information and enhanced the ability to collaborate through...
  • 24/11/2016
    Through various applications, the importance of mobile technologies has been more evident in developing economies since the late 1990s. One such application has been mobile money services, where mobile network subscribers transfer money electronically via a mobile phone, thus eliminating some of...
  • 23/11/2016
    An Uber-like smartphone app has been launched in India, aimed at making it easier for farmers to hire tractors. Many small-scale farmers are unable to buy their own and often have to rent them at high rates. Now, vehicle-maker Mahindra and Mahindra has launched an app called Trringo offering hourly...
  • 22/11/2016
    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...
  • 21/11/2016
    Syecomp Ghana Ltd is a technology driven, social impact geospatial company incorporated in Ghana since 2009 and primarily focuses on research and knowledge management, and enhancing agriculture through ICT and advanced geospatial solutions. The company is a recognised market leader in the provision...
  • 18/11/2016
    The Virtual Transfer Technology Centres (vTTCs) serve as a virtual platform to foster the transfer of innovative know-how and experiences in the field of rainwater harvesting and irrigation and sustainable agricultural management in the rural dryland areas of sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of the...
  • 11/11/2016
    ICT Update 83 is dedicated to ICT solutions in agriculture coming from young entrepreneurs.  In this issue you can read how young innovators in Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific region, have recognised the need for creative solutions to raise agricultural productivity and the huge prospective...
  • 11/11/2016
    The majority of studies and articles on the use of drones/UAVs for agriculture seem to focus on examples and opportunities in the US, Europe or Japan. These reports talk about the needs for large scale aerial surveys over massive farms, machine learning algorithms for automated crop detection, and...
  • 10/11/2016
    Flying drones after the growing season is a great time to reexamine the possibilities of how added aerial intelligence can enhance the various aspects of your farming operation. You’ve taken great strides in utilizing your unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to ensure you have a successful crop from...
  • 09/11/2016
    The E-agriculture Strategy Guide brochure is a 6 side (3 fold page style) ready recokner/ quick guide to introducing the FAO-ITU E-agriculture Strategy Guide. The E-agriculture strategy guide is an attempt to provide countries with a framework to develop their national e-agriculture strategies. E-...
  • 03/11/2016
    mFarms platform is an easy-to-use mobile and web based system for managing and communicating with actors within the agricultural value chain. The tools build linkages, improve communication and operational efficiencies among value chain actors dispersed over a large area. It provides the tools to...
  • 27/10/2016
    While the nations of the world were preparing to adopt new development goals after the deadline for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, the increasing digital divide between developed and developing countries was of great concern. The divide has led to the marginalization...
  • 26/10/2016
    The e-Agriculture team is looking for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to participate in our online Forum "ICTs for Resilience" scheduled from 28/11/2016 to 13/12/2016. In order to participate in the forum and be a SME, you first have to become a member. You can review past forums in the Forum Archive...
  • 25/10/2016
    The FAO Decent Rural Employment team is pleased to announce the launch of the Employment and Decent Work in Rural Areas Database, now available online on the FAO Decent Rural Employment website. The database is an inventory of current national, regional, and global policies, programmes, and studies...
  • 24/10/2016
    Pakistan, similar to many other countries, has a very active and growing sector exploring the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to help farmers. However, just like in many other countries, the success in using ICT is variable. Given this dilemma between potential benefit and actual...
  • 24/10/2016
    The paper reviewed the aspects of Health, Business, Marketing and Ag Extension to identify how ICT might better lead to behavior change in Ag Extension. In general, initiatives are successful in promoting behavior change when they consider three factors summarized in the paper as “AID”, namely:  1...
  • 22/10/2016
    The purpose of this research was designed to investigate the impact of e-Agriculture on farmers of Bangladesh. Empowerment is stratified as economic, family and social, political, knowledge and psychological empowerment. Data were collected in Bhatbour Block of Dhighi union under Sadar Upazila of...
  • 21/10/2016
    The Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016 is a competition looking for the latest innovations in the future of food. Sub-Saharan Africa faces a rapidly growing population and as a result, food production will need to increase significantly. We encourage young innovators and start-ups...
  • 20/10/2016
    This study assessed the existence of policies, rules and regulations governing the use of ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (UAVs) – or drones – in all 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group countries. The results are quite telling: as of April 2016, 73% of ACP countries did not have any rules or...
  • 19/10/2016
    As the farming season gets underway in Zimbabwe and Souther Africa, there is an overwhelming assumption that providing farmers with inputs, weather information and extension advice is all that needs to ensure food security and surplus commodities for the market. However, as agriculture-driven...
  • 17/10/2016
    For generations, street selling at traffic intersections has been a familiar sight in Africa. People trade fruit, vegetables and clothing through car windows on a daily basis. It is their business. Today, from Accra to Addis Ababa, Lomé to Lusaka, that trade is often in a different commodity...
  • 14/10/2016
    Every year, on October 16th, FAO celebrates World Food Day. The global message for World Food Day 2016 is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” On this occasion, e-Agriculture is introducing the "Guidebook for Online Facilitators: Sharing experiences from climate change and...
  • 13/10/2016
    The National E-Agriculture Web Portal is a strategic initiative of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) , to showcase the essential features and key aspects of the food and agriculture...
  • 11/10/2016
    Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to empower people everywhere with the information they need to better manage and conserve forest landscapes. Global Forest Watch uses cutting edge technology and science to provide the timeliest and most...
  • 07/10/2016
    The Surui Cultural Map shows the Surui tribe of the Amazon's vision of their forest, including their territory and traditional history. To create this map, Surui youth interviewed their elders to document and map their ancestral sites, such as the site of first contact with western civilization in...
  • 06/10/2016
    Open data is changing the way we live our lives and interact with each other. From transporting information, to improving education, government accountability, and access to healthcare, open data affects our everyday lives. Through a new project – GODAN Action – CTA and partners will build the...
  • 04/10/2016
    The Global Drylands Assessment is a thematic study complementing the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment, from which it differs in both scope and method. No individual country reported data to the Assessment, and no official country information has been used. Instead, the Global Drylands...
  • 03/10/2016
    Collect Earth is a tool that enables data collection through Google Earth. In conjunction with Google Earth, Bing Maps and Google Earth Engine, users can analyze high and very high resolution satellite imagery for a wide variety of purposes, including : Support multi-phase National Forest...
  • 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 ...

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