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ICTs in agriculture should meet the needs of the end user, not only those of the staff of government agencies

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San Jose, Costa Rica, April 23, 2013 (IICA)The information and communication technologies (ICTs) employed by public agricultural institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean are mostly for internal use, with few products and services being offered to end users. This situation has to change, to enable ICTs to have a bigger impact on the development of agriculture and rural territories in the region.

This was the conclusion reached at the seminar Digital technologies for competitiveness, social inclusion, and sustainable development in Costa Rican agriculture, organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Costa Rica’s Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC) and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG).

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