ICT Update 83 is dedicated to ICT solutions in agriculture coming from young entrepreneurs.
In this issue you can read how young innovators in Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific region, have recognised the need for creative solutions to raise agricultural productivity and the huge prospective...
Read CTA's latest ICT Update - Drones for Agriculture
The international drone market has grown considerably in the past few years, building on their demonstrated usefulness to agriculturalists and others. Drone technology could help farmers around the world monitor their crops, fend off pests,...
Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have revolutionised how farming is done over the years. In Africa, in particular, technology has improved the efficiency of data collection and monitoring and evaluation - especially through mobile technology and mobile apps.
E-Agriculture has in past...
The new ICTUpdate is out. ICTUpdate number 81 is about "The power of online communities". Discover how Communities of practice (CoPs ) in the 21st century have been rapidly transformed into a powerful tool of #knowledge sharing and collaboration.
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Read CTA's latest ICT UPDATE - More than Mobile
The guest article shows the power of the mobile revolution and its implications for agricultural development in ACP and beyond. But the conclusion is that, to be able to have the desired impact, it is more than mobile.
Four articles showcase the...
The new issue of ICT Update, no. 79 "Data Revolution for Agriculture", by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, has just been published. The authors, by asking the key questions "What does open data mean for agriculture?" and "Why should people care about open data in...
The new issue of ICT Update, no. 78 "Building resilience for family farming", has just been published. In this issue, which lies within the framework of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the authors analyze the impact that ICTs have on family farmers' lives.
"ICTs are helping...
The new issue of ICT Update, no. 77 "Linking farmers to markets", has just been published. In preparation to Fin4Ag Conference that will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 14-18 July 2014, this issue explores how mobile applications have helped smallholder farmers improve their commercial farming...
This issue of ICT Update, entitled "Mobile finance - next stop agriculture", is dedicated to emerging innovations in mobile finance for agircultural value chains. Emerging innovations in mobile finance are revolutionising the agricultural value chain, and creating alternative ways of making...
This issue of ICT Update, titled "ICT4AG: Making it happen - Post-conference issue", is completely devoted to the coverage of ICT4Ag2013 conference, held from November 4th to 8th 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda, a unique event that brought together a highly representative body of delegates (approximately...
By Lee Babcock , managing director of the mobile strategy unit at ACDI/VOCA, an economic development organization based in Washington, DC in the United States. ACDI/VOCA is dedicated to promoting economic opportunities for cooperatives, enterprises and communities through the innovative application...
A vast number of ICT solutions have emerged in recent years that support the agricultural value chain, including mobile applications. Because there are suddenly so many, a concerted effort needs to be made to monitor their impact. However, very little is being done to bring together the ongoing...
This issue of ICT Update is completely devoted to the ICT4Ag conference being held between 4–8 November 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference hopes to be a milestone in promoting the application of ICTs in the agricultural sector with particular emphasis on inclusive value chains, enabling...
According to Kamau, Kenyan web solution expert at the iHub UX Lab in Nairobi, too often developers focus on the technology, the hardware and software their apps will use rather than the people they are developed for. Their focus on technology has resulted in many advanced, sophisticated mobile apps...
Agriculture is a priority sector for the 20 member and associate Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This article is about how the Caribbean Community is transforming its agricultural sector into a competitive and sustainable system of agricultural production and services in which...
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...
Orange believes that mobile phones and the explosive growth of apps for these ICT devices are key levers of economic and social development in rural Africa. Mobile phones can be used to access agricultural information services and can play a particularly important role in sub-Saharan Africa, where...
Many African countries have developed national e-governance, e-health and e-education strategies, yet many still lack an e-agriculture strategy. One exception is Ivory Coast, which has just started to develop an e-agriculture strategy.Ivory Coast is one of the countries in Africa which recently...
The 2003 and 2005 World Summits on the Information Society called for the development of ICT strategies for all sectors. But more is needed required to formulate effective e-agriculture strategies in ACP countries. The World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis...
This issue of ICT Update is about e-Agriculture strategies.
Issue 73- August 2013
Harnessing ICT strategies for ACP agriculture, Harsha Liyanage and Ken Lohento
e-agriculture strategies: the case of Ivory Coast, Ken Lohento and Mark Speer, with contributions from Noël Kouable