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April 2012 | 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 8,400 members from over 160 countries and territories.



 Upcoming e-Agriculture Session at WSIS Forum

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012 will be held from 14 to 18 May, in Geneva, Switzerland. It provides structured opportunities to network, learn and to participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations about many aspects of ICT in development.
When analyzing innovative ways to use ICTs in agricultural development, the sharing of experiences among different actors becomes a key aspect. For this reason, FAO is working with the e-Agriculture Community to host the session "Strengthening the Agricultural Value Chain with ICT" on Wednesday the 16th.
Join the panel in Geneva or by webcast to discuss successes, challenges and lessons learned in their work strengthening agricultural value chains with ICT.
  • Mr Leulseged Tadese Abebe, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Ethiopia (Geneva) "ICT and coffee markets"
  • Mr Shahid Uddin Akbar, CEO, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID), Bangladesh "eKrishok"
  • Mr Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, infoDev, The World Bank Group "The ICT in Agriculture eSourcebook"
  • Mr Md. Asad-Ur-Rahman Nile, Senior Business Consultant, Katalyst, Bangladesh
  • Moderator: Mr Michael Riggs, Knowledge & Information Management Officer, e-Agriculture Lead Facilitator, FAO


 Forum Wrap Up: "ICT and agriculture in the context of green growth"

As part of the ongoing collaboration between the World Bank, FAO and the e-Agriculture Community, the forum "ICT and agriculture in the context of green growth" was held 5 to 16 March 2012. This event was the second in a series of online forums to further develop resources for the ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook.
This forum explored how information and communication technologies (ICT) can support "green growth" and climate-smart agriculture. Climate-smart agriculture seeks to increase productivity while reducing contributions to climate change. Success is essential in order to provide enough food for the world's population and to mitigate environmental damage. ICT holds real promise in two particular areas: as tools for land use planning and management; and, as risk management tools for climate change adaptation. 
A summary report will be available in the Knowledge Base soon!


 Recent celebrations: International Women’s Day and World Water Day

During the month of March, the e-Agriculture Community joined two important worldwide celebrations: International Women's Day and World Water Day. In order to raise awareness about issues surrounding both of these important events, e-Agriculture gathered the input from members all over the world in the form of blogs, videos, stories and resources, and showcased these contributions into two special pages:


 Featured Members

The latest addition to the e-Agriculture Community's platform is "Featured Members". This new space highlights members of the Community who have been particularly active and supportive of knowledge sharing activities for the Community. Learn more about who these special members are, and how you could become a featured member at http://www.e-agriculture.org/members/featured


 Highlighting the Community's Use of Social Media

Social media offers the e-Agriculture Community extra ways to engage and communicate beyond this web platform and our occasional face-to-face events. 
While the Community's most extensive and detailed information is found on the web platform (www.e-agriculture.org), Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Delicious provide ways for members to stay updated with the latest information, highlight their work through video, exchange information and resources, and expand their global network of colleagues by connecting with others in the field of ICTs for agricultural and rural development. Visit the new e-Agriculture social media page: http://www.e-agriculture.org/e-agriculture-social-media


 New Calendar of Events

e-Agriculture now offers a new calendar format, showcasing various ICT and agriculture events taking place worldwide. Post your events to the calendar today at http://t.co/Hb2pGkHF
In addition, the FAO Country Profiles is now embedding country events from the e-Agriculture Community and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR). The FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System is a pioneering information retrieval tool which groups FAO's vast archive of information on its global activities in agriculture and development in a single area and catalogues it exclusively by country.
The system offers decision-makers around the world a fast and reliable way to access country-specific information without the need to search individual databases and systems. It gives added-value to FAO's vast amount of information by providing an easy-to-use interface with particular emphasis on interactive maps and graphics. (To learn more about Country Profiles, click here.)
Be sure to contribute your events about ICT in agriculture on e-Agriculture. With this new partnership, your information will automatically be shared both through this important FAO platform and with the 8,000+ members of the e-Agriculture Community.


You can stay in touch with e-Agriculture members throughout the world by joining us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, 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.

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