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Webinar: ICT for Outgrowers and Input Suppliers (2 webinars)

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USAID's FACET project hosted two webinars that looked at how ICT applications are currently being used to advance the agriculture industry in Africa. Each of the free online events promoted a respective topic for separate forthcoming FACET project briefing papers.

The first webinar focused on ICT applications being used by agricultural companies in sub-Saharan Africa for their outgrowing operations. Innovative mobile applications, Global information systems (GIS), computer databases, and other technologies are helping these companies improve their operations as well as the products, services, and support they provide to small-scale farmers that they source from.

The second webinar focused on ICT applications being used by agricultural input supply companies to improve their distribution networks. By utilizing database software, mobile applications, automated product tracking systems, and other technologies, these companies are able to make high quality agricultural inputs more easily available to small-scale farmers.

 Webinar 1: ICT Applications for Agricultural Outgrowing Operations
This webinar took place on Wednesday, January 9th at 9am EST (2pm GMT/5pm EAT). A recording of the webinar can be found online at http://ictforag.adobeconnect.com/p3k090pex13/ 


9:00 Overview
9:10 Summary Case Studies

  • Direct Deposits
  • Geographic Information Systems for Accurate Planning
  • SMS / Database System for Procurement Planning
  • Automated Bulk Voice Messaging with Feedback Loop
  • E-Vouchers
  • Bulk SMS and Radio Farmer Extension
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Input tracking system using barcodes
  • Traceability and Quality Assurance Software
  • Farmer Education

9:50 Implications for Donor Organizations
10:00 Q&A
10:30 End

 Webinar 2: ICT Applications for Agricultural Input Supply Companies
This webinar took place on Thursday, January 10th at 9am EST (2pm GMT/5pm EAT). A recording of the webinar can be found online at http://ictforag.adobeconnect.com/p4cd4j4rkhf/

9:00 Overview
9:10 Summary Case Studies

  • Prepaid Vouchers
  • Customer Information Website and SMS System
  • Discount Coupons
  • Mobile Bankinghttp://ictforag.adobeconnect.com/p4cd4j4rkhf/
  • SMS to Facilitate Soil Testing Services
  • Using ICT to Expand and Manage Rural Agent Networks

9:50 Implications for Donor Organizations
10:00 Q&A
10:30 End

Henry Panlibuton (co-author)
Senior Manager, Action for Enterprise (AFE)
Henry Panlibuton is an international development professional with over 22 years of experience in micro, small, and medium-scale enterprise (MSME) development; value chain and industry analysis; training and business advisory services; multi-country program management; and new business development. He has worked in many sectors including healthcare, agribusiness, manufacturing, and banking/financial services. Currently serving as Senior Manager with Action for Enterprise (AFE), he provides technical support to several MSME development programs and conducts training in value chain project design and implementation (to date, he has trained over 700 participants from 50 different countries). Previously, as AFE Country Director and Chief of Party in the Philippines, he managed a $2.8 million project to reduce rural poverty through broad-based economic growth-implementing support activities, managing agreements with private sector lead firms, maintaining client and stakeholder relationships, and assessing project performance. Prior to AFE, he served as Program Director for TechnoServe in Ghana and oversaw a $2.3 million private sector enterprise development program. Mr. Panlibuton holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird - School of Global Management. 
Anna Garloch (co-author)
Deputy Director, ACDI/VOCA
Anna Garloch is deputy director in the Enterprise Development portfolio at ACDI/VOCA. She has seven years of professional experience in international development, primarily providing technical and operational support to agricultural value chain development projects in Africa and the Middle East. Her areas of expertise include value chain development programming, design and management of market-oriented approaches to economic growth challenges, writing and editing, and new business development.  From 2009-2011, she provided day-to-day technical and operational support to the Restoring Economic Agricultural Livelihoods in Zimbabwe (REALIZ) program, which facilitated contract farming schemes between 6 firms and 2,400 horticulture farmers.  In 2011, she served as team member on a World Bank-funded study on contract farming in Zimbabwe and was the lead researcher and writer of the Inception Report/Desk Study, which included researching and profiling regional contract farming initiatives, many of which are leveraging technology to improve efficiencies.  
Matthew Marzolo (co-author)
Program Manager, Action for Enterprise (AFE)
Mr. Marzolo is an experienced private sector development practitioner with significant international experience. In his current position with AFE, he supports multiple agricultural value-chain initiatives in Africa including technical support for the Seed Association of Nigeria,  coordinating a learning initiative on how African input supply companies are using rural agent networks to expand sales to remote areas, and the development of a manual on how development programs can facilitate and promote the initiatives of agribusiness “lead firms” to invest in their supply and distribution channels of rural producers. Previous to working with AFE, Mr. Marzolo worked with Chemonics International on a variety of agribusiness development projects including the USAID AgroInvest Project in Ukraine and the USAID Accelerating Sustainable Agriculture Project in Afghanistan. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he conducted training and introduced ICT to students, farmers, and government officials in a large agricultural zone in Albania.