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Briefing papers

06/06/2013
This paper focuses on how ICT solutions can empower agricultural producers by improving their marketing capabilities, with an emphasis on smallholder farmers. ICT solutions can increase efficiencies and improve competitive dynamics in agriculture, which...
27/05/2013
This paper details crowdsourcing in an agricultural development context, defined in the textbox. Although still fairly new in practice, it provides a potentially affordable tool for practitioners to conduct field research, gather data from remote areas...
24/05/2013
This briefing paper presents the results of an assessment carried out to explore the current use of sustainable (without on-going donor support) and scalable (potentially to millions of farmers) agricultural market price information systems (MIS) in...
14/01/2013
This briefing paper presents the results of an assessment carried out to identify, document and disseminate information about ICTs that are being used by African agribusiness companies to improve the management of outgrowing operations and the various...
14/01/2013
This paper focuses on how mobile finance, specifically mobile money transfer (MMT) and mobile banking, can benefit agricultural value chains and farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. It includes three case studies to illustrate how various agriculture value...
12/01/2013
This briefing paper focuses on the application of mobile applications for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in agriculture, including a few examples of how projects are, or could be, using mobile-enabled M&E tools.
26/11/2012
This paper provides a brief overview of the fundamentals of warehouse receipt (WRSs) and commodity exchanges (CEXs). It describes several ways in which ICT tools are being mobilized, and captures key lessons learned with a focus on sustainability without...
03/01/2011
The USAID FACET Project (Fostering Agriculture Competitiveness Employing Information Communication Technologies) project has created a series of Briefing Papers designed to help USAID missions and their implementing partners in sub-Saharan Africa use...
17/12/2010
USAID's FACET Project (Fostering Agriculture Competitiveness Employing Information Communication Technologies) has created a series of Briefing Papers designed to help USAID missions and their implementing partners in sub-Saharan Africa use information...