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April 2011 | e-Agriculture Newsletter

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The e-Agriculture Newsletter is part of a global initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by improving the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). e-Agriculture is a Community of more than 7,000 members from 150 countries and territories.

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

   CIARD E-CONSULTATION STARTS TODAY!

The topic of sharing and interoperability of data and information for agricultural research for development is being addressed in an e-consultation hosted by e-Agriculture from 4 to 15 April.

"Building the CIARD Framework for Data and Information Sharing" is now live at http://www.e-agriculture.org/en/forums and will feed into an international Expert Consultation in Beijing from 20 to 23 June.

We encourage all e-Agriculture members to participate! Contributions to the e-consultation should ideally be provided in English, but French and Spanish will also be accepted and will be summarized in English. Join today as we begin addressing the following questions:

  • What are we sharing and what needs to be shared?
  • What are the prospects for interoperability in the future?
  • What are the emerging tools, standards and infrastructures?
  • What actions should now be facilitated by the CIARD Task Forces?

 

  LATEST CONTENT CURATED IN CELEBRATION OF GLOBAL EVENTS

The e-Agriculture Community celebrated two global events in the month of March, International Women’s Day on 8 March, and World Water Day on 22 March. In the spirit of these two days, e-Agriculture opened two new pages with a broad variety of curated resources, about women and about water, in relation to the use of ICTs for agricultural and rural development.  These resources can be accessed at:

* http://www.e-agriculture.org/IWD

* http://www.e-agriculture.org/WWD

 

  COMING IN MAY: CTA FORUM ON "GENDER, ICTs AND RURAL LIVELIHOODS"

CTA and e-Agriculture will host a French language forum this May about gender, ICTs and rural livelihoods. Last year a very successful English forum was held on the same topic, where the vital role that women have in agriculture, and the positive benefits that ICTs have in improving the livelihoods of rural women and communities worldwide was discussed. More details about the French forum will be available soon!

 

 

   WSIS FOLLOW UP

What does e-business have in common with e-Agriculture?

 

Follow this year’s WSIS Forum to find out! A special session is being organized on 18 May by UNCTAD, ITC and FAO to look at the business cases for mobile services in the development scenario and its socio-economic impact on rural communities.

 

 

   WE INVITE YOU TO UPDATE YOUR PROFILES ONLINE

e-Agriculture has reached more than 7,000 members from 150 countries and territories . Update your profile today! Simply login, visit your account, add a picture to your profile, and tell us about your professional experience and interests.

Also, remember that you can stay in touch with e-Agriculture members throughout the world by joining us on Facebook and Twitter. Finally, don’t forget to browse through some of our latest content on Delicious and watch some of our recent video interviews with featured e-Agriculture members on the e-Agriculture YouTube channel.

 

e-Agriculture announcements are available in three languages: English, French and Spanish. If you would prefer to receive announcements in a different language than what you have received today, you may edit your user profile and change your language settings at www.e-agriculture.org.

If you need assistance, please write us at info@e-agriculture.org

 

 

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