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...
Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) is pleased to announce the release of its position paper – “Livestock systems, vulnerability and climate change – Insights from the grass roots”. The publication is a part of a series of 12 position papers being formulated by the organization as...
"India and China: A Comparative Analysis of Mobile Phones in Agriculture" is a Master thesis defended by its author Prashanthi Bonthu in February 2014 at The University of Kansas, USA.
The aim of this study is to compare Indian and Chinese policies and programs designed to encourage sales and use...
The Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics (JDAE), by Academic Journals, has published in its Vol.6 No. 7, July 2014, the article "The role of ICTs in agricultural production in Africa" by Hopestone Kayiska Chavula, from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Information and Communication Technologies for Development always look for most accessible and remote solutions to provide best possible support to users. The user base under concern with such technologies is not ideal and often limited by multiple factors. As a result, only some technologies end...
The Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL), published in their Vol.6, No.2. Jun 2014 the article “Awareness and use of Web 2.0 technologies in sharing of agricultural knowledge in Tanzania”, written by researchers Wulystan P. Mtega, Frankwell W. Dulle, Andrew W...
In occasion of the 6th Annual SIG GlobDev Pre-ICIS Workshop, held in Milan, Italy, on 14 December 2013, organized by the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group for ICT in Global Development (SIG GlobDev), it was presented "Motivations of non-use of telecentres: a qualitative...
Agriculture is the main source of income and employment for 70% of the world’s poor living in rural areas. Yet, access to crucial farming information and technologies such as weather forecasts, planting information and market prices remains a critical issue.
GSMA mWomen and GSMA mAgri have...
While digital financial services via mobile channels offer great promise for improving the lives of smallholders and their families, significant challenges remain.
The Centre for Development Informatics Institute for Development Policy and Management, SEED - University of Manchester, UK, has published the paper "ICT4D 2016: New Priorities for ICT4D Policy, Practice and WSIS in a Post-2015 World", Working Paper Series, no. 59, written by Richard Heeks.
The Centre for Development Informatics Institute for Development Policy and Management, SEED - University of Manchester, UK, has published the paper "Future Priorities for Development Informatics Research from the Post-2015 Development Agenda", Working Paper Series, paper no. 57, written by Richard...
The paper "Agricultural Market Information Services in Developing Countries: A Review", by authors Mawazo M. Magesa, Kisangiri Michael and Jesuk Ko, has been published in the Journal "Advances in Computer Science: an International Journal" (ACSIJ), Vol. 3, Issue 3, No.9 , May 2014.
In this article...