“The ultimate objective of integrating ICTs in resilience projects must be to improve the economic standing of smallholder farmers and enable them to lift themselves out of poverty.” (Theo Cosmora – SocialEco Ltd – UK)
In collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the e-Agriculture Community of Practice organized its 26th e-Agriculture forum ICTs for resilience from 28 November to 13 December 2016.
The mandate for the e-Agriculture Action Line was extended in the WSIS+10 Vision. Building on work to date, it encouraged the use of ICTs to reinforce the resilience of communities faced with disasters and environmental change.
FAO promotes the use of ICTs to reinforce the resilience of states, communities and individuals. Many successful FAO experiences of using ICTs for resilience have already been documented. These include eLocust (a detection and early warning tool for desert locusts), Remote sensing: monitoring the Cash for Work Programme by SWALIM (FAO Somalia project on land and water information management), OpenForis (a free open source solution for environmental monitoring), EMA-i (a mobile application for timely animal disease reporting) and EMPRES-i (a global animal disease information system). The online forum aimed to capitalize on these experiences, sharing knowledge and working towards overall recommendations.