This paper establishes the relationship between the rural development in India and the social media networks. The area of rural development in India is as multi- faceted as the country itself and by and large media has affected almost every aspect of rural development. The paper extends the...
The OECD Outlook is a biennial series which examines and documents evolutions and emerging opportunities and challenges in the digital economy.It highlights how OECD countries and partner economies are taking advantage of ICTs and the Internet to meet their public policy objectives.
This paper presents an overview of the landscape of agriculture cooperatives in Sub- Saharan Africa and opportunities for mobile services. This study analyses the key activities and existing mobile and ICT services for cooperatives distributed over two main service segments, information and...
Last week, Expo Milan 2015 and Feeding Knowledge awarded the best practice on "Informatics tools for competitiveness of local food productions from South Mediterranean countries to European entry points".
Within this project new digital procedures were set up to facilitate trade relations between...
On June 3, at FHI 360 in Washington, DC. This 1-day conference brought together +150 thought leaders and decision makers in agriculture and technology from the international development community and the private sector to examine how new innovations can empower smallholder farmers, and the entire...
A new article by our e-Agriculture member Benjamin Kwasi Addom on "Managing Knowledge During Partnerships: A case of intermediaries in Agricultural Innovation Systems" was published in the latest edition of "The Journal of Community Informatics".
The article talks about the challenges of KM within...
Leading up to the 2014 Fin4Ag – Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains international conference, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) commissioned a study to explore the state of digital/mobile payments in agriculture. The results of the study are now pulished...
The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), supported by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), recently completed a report on the uptake and use of ICTs in value chains in the Caribbean.
The report includes case studies and analyses of the use...
Agriculture Corner had launched the Pakistan’s first ever Android application for farming and associated communities in May, 2014.
Agriculture Corner is on a continuous mission to bring enhancements in its systems to provide swift and superior agronomic services to farming and associated...
The WSIS Stocktaking process is one of the outcomes of the WSIS Summit. For more than ten years, the WSIS Stocktaking process has been serving as a global repository for collecting and reporting on ICT-related projects fostering implementation of the WSIS outcomes. Stocktaking reports have so...
The WSIS Forum 2015 was held from the 25–29 May 2015 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva. This year the Forum attracted more than 1800 WSIS Stakeholders from more than 140 countries. Several high-level representatives of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community graced the Forum with more than 60...
The e-Agriculture team is happy to share with you the "e-Agriculture 10 Year Review Report - Implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Action Line C7. ICT Applications: e-agriculture.
The WSIS+10 e-agriculture Action Line review report, and the realizations of the e-...
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, "...