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February 2013 | Upcoming forum: Strengthening e-agriculture strategies in ACP countries (25 February - 8 March)

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How can we strengthen e-agriculture strategies and policies (holistic ICT strategies and policies dedicated to the agriculture sector) in ACP* countries?
The Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the Food  and Agriculture Organization (FAO),  is organizing an e-Agriculture forum to start this important discussion.
Join in the conversation with subject matter experts, including:
• Benjamin Addom, consultant, ICT for Agriculture
• Justin Chisenga, Knowledge and Info. Mgt. Officer, Regional Office for Africa, FAO
• Aparajita Goyal, Economist, Agricultural and Environment Services, World Bank
• Stella Kamuyu Wanjau, East African Farmer Federation
• Ken Lohento, ICT4D Programme Coordinator, CTA
• Anju Mangal, ICT4D Officer, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
• Mary Rucibigango, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda
• Issah Yahaya, Director, Policy Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, Ministry of Communications, Ghana
The first week of the forum will consider the concept, need and adoption of e-agriculture strategies in ACP countries and beyond. This will be followed by a week of discussing stakeholders, challenges and lessons learned for formulating and implementing inclusive e-agriculture strategies. 
Outcomes of the online forum will be used at the 2013 ICT Observatory (to be organized by CTA from 24 to26 April, in the Netherlands), with the results of these activities presented at the 2013 WSIS Forum (13-17 May, Geneva). The events are also organized in partnership with the World Bank, the East African Farmers’ Federation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (Rwanda), the Ministry of Communication (Ghana), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the NEPAD Agency.
 Join the forum at http://ow.ly/hGiRn beginning on 25 February. This discussion will take place in English.
To participate in the forum, you must be a member of the e-Agriculture Community. If you are not yet a member, please register at http://www.e-agriculture.org/user/register 
* ACP = Africa, Caribbean and Pacific

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