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Special Newsletter | Five Year Anniversary

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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 9,000 members from over 160 countries and territories.



The e-Agriculture Community was launched in September 2007 by a group believing in the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) to empower agricultural development and bridge the rural digital divide. (More of e-Agriculture’s history can be found here.) Over the last five years, the e-Agriculture Community has grown to surpass 9,000 members in over 160 countries. Through the support and participation of its members, the Community’s role in identifying leading issues, addressing challenges, knowledge sharing and networking has likewise expanded.
As the use of ICT in agriculture and rural development has grown over the years, e-Agriculture members have shared their experiences and challenges with the Community. From this exchange, the Community has identified seven key topics and now curates information resources on each of these. Online forums are used to discuss certain topics in depth, each featuring recognized experts, and hosted in collaboration with leading development organizations.  There have been nineteen forums during the last five years, bringing together tens of thousands of participants from all over the world. These forums are summarized in Policy Briefs, published in three languages (English, Spanish and French).
Community activity on the e-Agriculture platform (www.e-agriculture.org) has remained high over the years with members sharing information and exchanging content. There are now over 490 resources in the knowledge base, 1600 news items, 450 events and 97 blogs. Community members also interact through the Community's social media channels. e-Agriculture has over 9,700 followers on Twitter, more than 1,400 Facebook supporters and 1,200 LinkedIn contacts.
Earlier this year the e-Agriculture Community's achievement was recognized with the first ever WSIS Project Prize. Congratulations to everyone in the Community – you make it a great success!


The World Bank is hosting a series of online forums around topics found in their "ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook".
Each of these two week discussions is hosted on the e-Agriculture Community's platform, informed by select subject matter experts, and engaging hundreds of participants from all over the world. A report from each forum summarizes the key issues, good practices, and case studies identified in the discussions. The forums and policy briefs available to date are:






Forum 1: Strengthening Agricultural Marketing with ICT. 
5-16 December 2011
http://bit.ly/SExX7p N/A N/A
Forum 2: ICT and agriculture in the context of 'green growth'
5-16 March 2012
http://bit.ly/SExFNV http://bit.ly/SExOAS http://bit.ly/SExKRF
Forum 3: ICT for Data Collection, Monitoring and Evaluation 
11-22 June 2012
http://bit.ly/TH0eKH http://bit.ly/SExsdr  http://bit.ly/SExiTt
Forum 4: Using ICT to enable Agricultural Innovation Systems for smallholders 
17-28 September 2012
http://bit.ly/RXXS6h  http://bit.ly/RVhHhw  Coming soon!

The output of forum #2 was presented during a side event at Rio+20, and the output of forum #4 will be presented at GCARD 2012. The next forum in this series, in the spirit of the International Year of Cooperatives, will discuss how ICT can support agricultural cooperatives. It is scheduled to take place from 12-23 November 2012. Details will be available soon.


The e-Agriculture Team is proud to highlight the profiles of Featured Members, who have been actively participating and dedicating their time and expertise in support of the e-Agriculture Community. Find out who they are, learn about their work on the field of ICT for agriculture and rural development, and why we are proud to draw attention to their engagement in our Community! Visit the Featured Members section.

October's Featured Members are:
  • Emmanuel Picado, from Costa Rica
  • Maureen Agena, from Uganda
  • Antoine Kantiza, from Burundi
Previous Featured Members include: 
  • Francine Brossard, from Chile
  • Mohammad Shahroz Jalil, from Bangladesh
  • Ricardo Sánchez Villagrán, from Argentina
  • Oumy Ndiaye, from Senegal
  • Harsha Liyanage, from United Kingdom
  • Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol, from Spain
  • Jorge Luis Alonso Gonzalez, from Argentina
  • Sapna A. Narula, from India
  • Jo Cadilhon, from France

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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