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September 2014 | 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 Practice of about 12 000 members from over 170 countries and territories.

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 WSIS+10 HIGH-LEVEL EVENT - JUNE 2014

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event, an extended version of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum, took place from 9 to 13 June 2014 at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

This event brought together about 1 600 WSIS Stakeholders from more than 140 countries, while thousands more joined the discussions remotely through live webcast and remote participation. WSIS+10 High Level Event was designed to review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes under the mandates of participating agencies, and to take stock of achievements in the last 10 years.

Sophie Treinen, e-agriculture Action Line facilitator, represented our Community during the busy five-day event. She moderated the Interactive Facilitation Meeting on Action Line C7 ICT Applications: E-agriculture, entitled "Moving forward, building on 10 years of lessons learned in e-Agriculture", which took place on Thursday 12 June 2014.

The representatives of four e-Agriculture founding partners – namely the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), and the World Bank Group – actively participated in the Interactive Facilitation Meeting and discussed the main achievements and the way forward of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice.

Additional Resources

For more information on the WSIS+10 High-Level Event and to discover all the outcome documents you can read the blog post by Isabella Rodriguez y Baena World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) - Outcome Documents

View online the recording of the meeting Moving forward, building on 10 years of lessons learned in e-Agriculture [Adobe Connect]

 WSIS PROJECT PRIZES 2014

During the rich agenda of the WSIS+10 High Level Event, the organizers assigned the “WSIS Project Prizes 2014”, one for each of the 17 WSIS Action Lines.

The winner for the category Action Line C7.7 E-agriculture is the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MGAP) of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, for the project “Sistema Nacional de Información Ganadera (SNIG)”, National System of Livestock Information.

This unique and ambitious project consists of a centralized database which, among other functionalities, allows individual traceability of each animal, including data on registration, movements, changes of ownership, etc. Moreover, SNIG has significantly contributed to linking rural areas to the wider ICT network, improving agricultural production and thus enhancing national economy.

Learn more about this and other WSIS Project Prizes by reading "WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2014"

 FORTHCOMING E-AGRICULTURE FORUM ON ICTs FOR FAMILY FARMING

The e-Agriculture Community of Practice, along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), is organizing an online forum on the use of ICTs for Family Farming, which will take place from 22 September to 6 October 2014 on e-Agriculture.org.

This online event is part of the Participatory discussion “Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development”, organized by FAO and AMARC.

In addition to the e-Agriculture Forum, the Participatory discussion includes three regional online consultations, taking place simultaneously from 25 August to 12 September:

  • Latin America: coordinated by Onda Rural (in Spanish)
  • Africa: coordinated by YenKasa (in English and French)
  • Asia and the Pacific: coordinated by ComDev Asia (in English)

The e-Agriculture Forum, which will involve Subject Matter Experts from different international organizations, will discuss and complement the outcomes of the three regional online consultations.

All the inputs collected during the regional online consultations and the e-Agriculture forum, will inform the Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM), organized within the framework of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), to be held from 23 to 24 October 2014 in Rome, Italy.

All the members of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice are invited and encouraged to participate in the “Communication for Development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development” consultations.

For more information: Towards Concerted Action on Communication, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming

 CALL FOR GOOD PRACTICES IN E-AGRICULTURE

Do you have an interesting experience in the field of e-agriculture you wish to share? Is it something that could be adapted in other countries? If so, feel free to send us your stories, case studies or good practices and we will be pleased to post them on e-Agriculture.org.

No need to reinvent the wheel, you can get inspired by our Good practice template to document your experience! And if you want to know more, you can read the Concept note on good practices

Please send your experience to info@e-Agriculture.org, mentioning “sharing our experience” in your message.

Additional resources:

"Good practices at FAO: Experience capitalization for continuous learning" [also available in French and Spanish]

"Good Practice template" [also available in French and Spanish]

Visit FAO Good Practices website

 CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - UNCTAD INFORMATION ECONOMY REPORT 2015

The United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD) has launched an open call for contributions: UNCTAD is interested in receiving studies, articles and projects related to how governments and other stakeholders are applying ICT to support the use of e-commerce by enterprises in developing countries. Evidence of success or failure cases is also welcome.

Contributions will provide material for the development of the Information Economy Report 2015, which will be devoted to exploring ways to unlock the potential that e-commerce holds for micro and small businesses in developing countries.

Members of the e-Agriculture Community are particularly encouraged to make contributions about how to promote uptake of e-commerce in rural areas, and to seize benefits from such activities.

Deadline: 15 September 2014

Contributions should be sent to: ict4d@unctad.org

For more information, read “Call for contributions - UNCTAD's Information Economy Report 2015

 CTA CALL FOR PROPOSALS: PROMOTING RESILIENCE AND HELPING FARMERS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has launched a Call for Proposals entitled “Documentation of proven practices, tools or policies that promote resilience and help farmers to address the challenges posed by climate change

Documentation of proven practices, tools or policies may be submitted on any of the following areas:

  • Practices and technologies for adapting to climate change that have been widely adopted by farmers, over a wide area or in several countries
  • Conducive policies that have successfully contributed to climate-change adaptation and/or mitigation in agriculture
  • ICT tools and processes that have been successfully deployed to address the challenges posed by climate change in agriculture

The call is open to individuals, groups of individuals, and organizations and proposals may be submitted in either French or English.

Deadline: 14 October 2014

You can submit your documentation at the following address: cc-call@cta.int

Click here and read more on CTA’s Call for Proposals

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