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An ICT-triggered rural knowledge revolution is on its way in India: ICT Update

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An ICT-triggered rural knowledge revolution in India is helping to break down the barriers that stand between localised rural economies and globalised markets. Many farmers in rural India, where 70% of the country’s population lives, still lack internet access. There are ICT-led e-governance initiatives underway, however, to develop effective and inexpensive ICT penetration. One of these initiatives, led by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the Ministry of Agriculture, promotes the use of ICTs for sustainable agricultural development. Indeed, this e-agricultural strategy is targeting the country’s 125 million farm households, 80% of which are poor and marginalised. It is hoped that the strategy will lead to an ICT-triggered rural knowledge revolution and help to break down the barriers between localised rural economies and the globalised market.
 

Madaswamy Moni ( moni@nic.in) is the former director general of the National Informatics Centre, which is a principal Indian government institute for e-governance and informatics development, and former vice-president of the Asian Federation of Information Technology in Agriculture. He has been instrumental in conceiving many of the ICT initiatives mentioned in this article. 

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