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Forum Closure: The role of ICTs in SCPI of horticulture crop based systems

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The online discussion forum, entitled “The Role of Information communication and Technologies (ICTs)  in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers)” has officially ended.


The online discussion ran from the 6th to the 27th of March 2017. We received a total number of 75* contributions from participants from the following countries - Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.


This has been a very fascinating discussion, looking at the intriguing, qualitative and insightful contributions from all participants. The sharp increase in the number of people joining the e-Agriculture platform over the course of the three weeks as well as the remarkable enthusiasm, with which participants discussed the various issues put in evidence the significant role of ICTs in sustainable intensification of horticulture crop-based systems.

Indeed, reading from the contributions, there has been many ICTs in use and many more will emerge, all adapted to different contexts, scale and cropping systems. This shows us that we cannot have “a one size fit all solution” for all the issues in the sustainable intensification of horticulture crop systems.

A number of participants agreed that, to increase horticultural production sustainably there is an need of embracing ICTs, as it offers and promises a multitude of advantages towards achieving our global goal, ending hunger by sustainable intensification of crop production, amidst of the changing climate.

Below you can find the short summaries from each week for those who had no time to follow the entire discussion.

Discussion Week Summary of discussion
Week 1 ( The role of ICTs in horticulture) Read here
Week 2 (ICT case studies in horticulture)  Read here
Week 3 (Challenges for ICTs adoption in horticulture) Read here
  • All the contributions received have been archived and remain accessible here.
  • For a short overview of the cases shared during this forum you can read here

​Following the forum on The Role of ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based system (mainly fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) we caught up with Innocent Chamisa - the co-moderator from the Rural and Urban Crop and Mechanization Systems Team (AGPML) and asked him a few questions on the just ended forum. For an Interview with Mr Innocent Chamisa read here

On behalf of the e-Agriculture Team and the Rural and Urban Crop and Mechanization Systems Team (AGPML), allow us to express our gratitude once again to all who actively participated in this forum. Thank you for your time, your dedication and efforts to share your experiences with the Community of Practice. We hope you have also learnt a lot from the discussions.

* includes a few comments from moderators