The World Bank, in collaboration with the e-Agriculture community and FAO, is holding a series of two week online forums. These e-forums stem from the launch of the World Bank's ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook (2011) and the growing demand for knowledge on how to use ICT to improve agricultural productivity and raise smallholder incomes. The following summary captures the discussion during one of the second forum in the series.
Climate change and "green growth" are at the top of the agricultural development agenda. Limited resources, population growth and environmental concerns all challenge agricultural productivity. This forum considered how information and communication technologies (ICT) can be used to advance climate-smart agriculture, which is defined as actions that "seek to increase sustainable productivity, strengthen farmers’ resilience, reduce agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration, while it strengthens food security and delivers environmental benefits" (World Bank, 2011).