FAO and members of the e-Agriculture Community are organizing a special half day session at the ICTD2010 Conference called e-Agriculture perspectives: enhancing the impact of ICT in rural development. Below you will find an abstract and description of the session focus. Comments on this text as well as suggestions for speakers are most welcome from everyone. Please submit your comments by 31 October 2010.
Short Description (50 words):
Experts and thought leaders from the e-Agriculture Community will engage with the audience to discuss how ICT can enable rural economic development, leading to poverty reduction and sustainable rural livelihoods. It will also look into the key role of partnerships, and how the different stakeholders can contribute to these ends.
Abstract (200 words):
Members of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice (www.e-agriculture.org) will host a half day session on the morning of 16 Dec., to delve into the opportunities provided by ICT to enhance rural enterprises and improve the livelihoods of rural communities.
These dynamic, interactive sessions will build on several key events of this year:
- “ICT for Rural Economic Development” organized by GTZ/BMZ (24 November - 1 December)
- “The Role of ICT in Agricultural Value Chains” virtual forum hosted by IICA with e Agriculture (in Spanish; 26 July – 6 August)
- “ICT and Rural Enterprise” organized by FAO, UNCTAD and ITC (10 May)
Experts and thought leaders from a variety of sectors will engage with the audience to focus on how ICT can enable rural enterprises to become means of poverty reduction and sustainable rural development. It will also look into the key role of partnerships, and address how governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil society can contribute to these ends. Key questions include:
- How can ICT regulatory and policy frameworks create an enabling environment and promote rural economic development?
- How can ICT help reduce transaction cost and improve decision making in rural value chains?
- What ICT tools and applications have brought tangible benefits to significant numbers of people in the rural environment, and why?
- What challenges do rural enterprises face in adapting ICT for positive gains?
- How ICT can improve access to financial services in rural areas?
- How do partnerships contribute to rural enterprises sustainable use of ICTs?
We have confirmed participation of GTZ, UNCTAD, IFAD, and are in discussion with several other notable guests.
Our tentative programme is:
- three keynote presentations (10-15 minutes each);
- a participatory panel discussion on rural economic development and ICT (90 minutes);
- an additional interactive session – format TBD (about 20 min.)
- launch of the new e-Agriculture Community site (a fantastic new website!)