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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the e-Agriculture Community of Practice (COP) are launching a call for good and promising practices on the use of ICTs for Agriculture. The call aims at collecting lessons learned and recommendations of ICT for agriculture initiatives around the world and sharing them among the members and followers of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice and beyond.

In order to support the capacity development of participants on the methodology of documenting good and promising practices through experience capitalization a webinar will be organized to provide the members of the COP and other participants in the call with the necessary tools and methodology. The webinar will be delivered in three languages (English/Spanish/French).

Members of the Community of Practice and participants in the call have the opportunity to ask questions and request methodological support via this dedicated forum page.  On this page you can ask questions to the specialists from FAO and CTA on how to use experience capitalization and on how to document your ICT for agriculture experience as a good or promising practice. In order to enter the discussion you need to register and login and click on the language of your choice at the bottom of this page.

The forum discussion is ongoing from 26th of April till the 31st of June 2017.

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Forum de discussion sur la capitalisation des expériences et les bonnes pratiques ou pratiques prometteuses sur l'utilisation des TIC pour l'agriculture 

L'Organisation pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture des Nations Unies (FAO), le Centre technique de coopération agricole et rurale (CTA) et  la communauté de pratique (COP) e-Agriculture lancent un appel à propositions de bonnes pratiques et pratiques prometteuses sur l'utilisation des TIC pour agriculture. L'appel vise à collecter des leçons apprises et des recommandations d’initiatives à travers le monde et de les partager avec les membres de la communauté de pratique e-Agriculture et même au-delà. 

Afin de soutenir le développement des capacités des participants sur la méthodologie de documentation des bonnes pratiques et des pratiques prometteuses, un webinaire sera organisé sur la capitalisation des expériences afin de fournir aux membres de la communauté et d'autres participants les outils nécessaires et  la méthodologie. Le webinaire sera livré en trois langues (anglais/ espagnol/ français). 

Les membres de la communauté de pratique et les autres participant ont la possibilité de poser des questions et de demander un soutien méthodologique à travers cette page de discussion en ligne. Sur cette page vous pouvez poser des questions aux spécialistes de la FAO et du CTA sur la capitalisation des expériences et sur la méthodologie des bonnes pratiques à utiliser afin de documenter votre expérience comme une bonne pratique ou une pratique prometteuse. Pour entrer dans la discussion, vous devez vous enregistrer et ouvrir une session et cliquer sur la langue de discussion de votre choix en bas de cette page. 

La discussion sera ouverte du 26 Avril au 31 Juin 2017.

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Foro de discusión sobre la capitalización de experiencias y las buenas prácticas y prcticas promisorias en el uso de las TICs para la agricultura

La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO), el Centro para la Cooperación Agrícola y Rural (CTA) y la comunidad e-Agriculture están buscando casos que muestren buenas prácticas y prácticas promisorias en el uso de TICs para la agricultura. Esta llamada busca identificar lecciones y recomendaciones que resulten de aquellas iniciativas de uso de las TICs para la agricultura en diferentes partes del mundo, y compartirlas entre los miembros y seguidores de la comunidad e-Agriculture.

Se organizará una conferencia electrónica/webinar sobre la capitalización de experiencias y la identificación de buenas prácticas para mostrar las herramientas y la metodología a los miembros de esta comunidad. Esta conferencia tendrá lugar por separado en tres idiomas (inglés, francés, español).

Los participantes podrán solicitar apoyo metodológico a través esta pagina de discusión en línea. En esta pagina pueden hacer preguntas a los especialistas de la FAO y CTA sobre como usar la capitalización de experiencias para documentar mejor su buena practica o practica promisoria en el uso de las TIC para la agricultura. Para poder entrar en la discusión debes registrarte y ingresar con tu perfil. Después haces clic en el enlace con el idioma de tu elección en la parte inferior de esta pagina.

La discusión será abierta desde el 26 de abril hasta el 31 de junio. 

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by Alice Van der E...
16/06/2017 - 17:00
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Global Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN);the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the World Bank are inviting interested individuals to participate on the upcoming forum discussion to be held on e-agriculture platform.The same forum will run parallel at Land Portal 

This forum will take place from 19 June to 14 July 2017 on the E-Agriculture Platform

The forum is summarised below

The purpose 

The purpose of this discussion is to explore how information communication technologies (ICTs) can be used in facilitating the fair use of open data in agriculture and nutrition by farmers in general and especially by the more vulnerable among them such as family farmers, rural women and the youth engaged in farming as a livelihood. 

The context 

Most abject poverty in the world is concentrated in rural communities in developing countries and within them in small, family farmers. Technology is now opening up many new opportunities to improve the livelihoods of these farmers.

The use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been demonstrated to effectively connect many family farmers to the much needed extension and advisory support as well as access to market related information.

ICTs also promise to improve farm level decision making, maximise the use of farm resources, improve the quality and safety of farm produce and to improve financial, and logistical services for farmers to market their produce.Increasing the availability and accessibility of data through ICTs and enabling their effective use, could also offer even more benefits for smallholder farmers and rural communities through more precise agriculture and market chain management of their produce.

Accessibility of open agricultural data has shown to be beneficial to farmers. For example, openly available weather data provide farmers with early warnings against adverse farming conditions; allows for precautions which include advice and warning for crop protection and also help in monitoring irrigation and in planning for adapting to adverse effects of climate change.

Making data more open, easily available and accessible on the whole accelerates innovation and generates economic and social capital. However, more open data can also harm and bring losses to some within a community, especially those who are economically, politically, socially and technologically weak and less powerful.

This online debate on the e-Agriculture platform will explore the cross roads between ICTs and issues around opening data in Agriculture and Nutrition and its effective use, with a focus on establishing what benefits and possible losses, can accrue to farmers, especially small holder family farmers in developing countries, if technology and open data are used conjunctively

Participation

This forum will be moderated by

Subject Matter Experts

  1. Dr Suchith Anand - Researcher, GODAN Secretariat (United Kingdom)
  2. Boniface Akuku - Director, Information Management and Communication Technology, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) (Kenya)
  3. Dr Prasad ARD - Professor and Head Documentation Research & Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute (India)
  4. Henry Burgsteden - Agricultural Services and Digital Inclusion in Africa Project, FAO of the United Nations (Italy)
  5. Dra Amparo Ballivian - Poverty economist and a data innovations expert, World Bank (United States)
  6. Dr Justin Chisenga - Capacity Development Officer, FAO of the United Nations (Rome)
  7. Dr Sridhar Gutam - Senior Scientist (Plant Physiology), ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR) (India)
  8. Richard Mugata - Information Management Specialist, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) (Kenya)
  9. Dr Ninomiya Seishi - Agroinformatics, Fieldinformatics, Biometrics Professor, University of Tokyo (Japan)
  10. Dr Muchiri Nyaggah - Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) (Kenya)
  11. Dr Vassilis Protonotarios - Researcher, Neuropublic (Greece)
  12. Dr Simone Sala - ICT-4- griculture and Environment Expert, FAO of the United Nations (Italy)
  13. Prof Muliaro Wafula - Director, ICT Centre of Excellence & Open Data -iCEOD, JKUAT (Kenya)
  14. Prof R Khosla - Founder & Past President of International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA)
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by Chipo Msengezi
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Global Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) are inviting interested individuals to participate in this forum discussion on 'Agriculture Open Data Package' to be held on the e-Agriculture Platform.

The initial target audience for this forum are policy-makers, researchers, open data experts, and/or agricultural experts - however, any one interested is invited to attend. This forum discussion follows immediately after the e-Forum on ICTs and Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition.

The forum will take place from the 10 to 24 July 2017 on the e-Agriculture platform.

The purpose 

The purpose of this discussion is to reach out to the potential users of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice (CoP) to get feedback on the Agricultural Open Data Package (AgPack) and its usability. First the content of the AgPack as a resource for governments to develop their own open data strategies will be explained. Next the emphasis will be on the collection of your stories: What do you consider the key data sets for agriculture? Why do you or others need them? What are your examples of governments putting open data into action to enforce their agricultural sector? What were the hurdles that they had to overcome to realize this strategy? The moderators will point at different component of the AgPack and request for feedback on their applicability and usefulness to tackle the challenges a government faces in designing and implementing and open data policy to support it’s agricultural sector and food security in general.

The context

Achieving food security through sustainable agriculture is one of the biggest challenges of our time as enshrined in the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’. Open data can help shape solutions by enabling more efficient and effective decision-making at multiple levels across the agricultural value chain, fostering innovation via new services and applications, and driving organizational change through transparency.

The Agriculture Open Data Package (AgPack) is a resource for governments to to take the next step in publishing open data they have generated or collected. The AgPack suggests 6 policy areas where open data can support the agricultural sector and identifies 14 data categories to realize impact in the agricultural sector. For each data category the potential use of the data by the agricultural sector and the estimated effort to publish this data from government sources are discussed and examples of implementation and initiatives that support the interoperability of each data category are provided.

The AgPack also highlights 10 examples of open data in action demonstrating how governments are harnessing data to address sustainable agriculture and food security around the world.

The Agriculture Open Data Package was developed by the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) network, the Open Data Institute (ODI) and Open Data for Development (OD4D) and is part of a series of Open-Up Guides hosted by the Open Data Charter (ODC) which were developed following a participatory process of workshops, expert interviews and internet consultations.

With this resource completed, the Agriculture Open Data Package Working Group is going one step from version Beta to Alpha. In order to do so, the AgPack needs critiques from people in the field to answer questions like; would this resource be useful to me, do I agree with the current analysis, and how would you recommend implementing the AgPack into policy?

This discussion on the e-Agriculture Community of Practice will help fine-tune the AgPack to provide the most useful resource possible for individuals and governments anywhere in their open data journey. By framing this discussion in personal experiences, we aim to get a complete picture on challenges that policy-makers and government workers, agriculturalist, and open data experts experience in their day-to-day.

Participating in the Forum

This forum will take place from the 10th of July till 24th of July 2017. The Forum is structured into three discussion sections. Participants are free to post related comments within each respective section.

Please note:

  • The forum is open to  all individuals interested in this subject and who wish to participate.
  • To contribute kindly create an account here
  • You will need to log-on to the e-Agriculture platform in order to post contribution.
  • Once you have registered and logged in you can access the discussion by clicking on one of the sections at the end of this page. 

This forum will be moderated by

  • Olivia Davies, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
  • Andre Jellema,  Data-Impact 
  • Alice Van der Elstraeten, Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division (OPC), FAO of the United Nations
  • Imma Subirats, Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division (OPC), FAO of the United Nations
  • Thembani Malapela, Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division (OPC), FAO of the United Nations

Subject Matter Experts

  1. Dr Suchith Anand - Researcher, GODAN Secretariat (United Kingdom)
  2. Dr Prasad ARD - Professor and Head Documentation Research & Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute (India)
  3. Dr Sridhar Gutam - Senior Scientist (Plant Physiology), ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR) (India)
  4. Richard Mugata - Information Management Specialist, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) (Kenya)
  5. Dr Vassilis Protonotarios - Researcher, Neuropublic (Greece)
  6. Ruthie Musker - Research and Partnerships Support Officer, GODAN Secretariat 
  7. Fiona Smith - International Development Manager, Open Data Institute (ODI)

 

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