This knowledge paper is the outcome of the FOOD 360 International Conference on Agribusiness and Food Processing, held on November 5-6, 2012. The second edition of FOOD 360 was focused on innovation and technology and has particular mentions of ICT based innovations and agriculture.
The paper contains an explanation of the emergence of development projects where ICT initiatives play a pivotal role for agriculture, specifically as tools to enable farmers and experts exchange information with each other. However, the paper recognizes that the availability of digital content in relation to the farming sector is small when compared to equally important development sectors such as public health.
The paper also mentions:
"What we now have is a collection of project activities that are fragmented in their overall understanding and approaches. What we need is an approach that can bring together the two strands, namely, of ICT in rural development and ICT in agriculture. Such an effort, however, needs a new IT architecture to be built for aggregation of content and to make services available in multiple modes"
Authors: Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the International Crops Research for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
Read full knowledge paper: http://oar.icrisat.org/6209/1/FICCI_FOOD_360_Knowledge_Report.pdf