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May 2014 | e-Agriculture Newsletter

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The e-Agriculture newsletter is part of a global initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by improving the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). e-Agriculture is a Community of Practice of more than 11,500 members from over 160 countries and territories.




2013 was a year full of exciting events: e-Agriculture organized three online forums, participated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2013 forum and participated in the organization of ICT4Ag conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

Read e-Agriculture is not "Just a website"

Check Michael Riggs' blog Counting down e-Agriculture's Top 10 Blogs of 2013.


After eight years working with the e-Agriculture community of practice, community manager Michael Riggs took up another assignment in February 2014 with the United Nations Asia and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development in the Republic of Korea. The entire e-Agriculture team would like to take the opportunity to thank him for his valuable work. Thanks to Michael’s professional efforts, the e-Agriculture community grew in size and credibility to the point that it is now considered one of the most reliable voices in the field of ICT4Ag.

We wish him all the best with his new position.

From now on, Alice Van der Elstraeten (FAO) will manage the community with Kristin Kolshus. Isabella Rodriguez y Baena will take care of content management while Sophie Treinen continues supervising the e-Agriculture team.

Check out the whole team and their background on the “Our team page.

Moreover, as you probably noticed, the e-Agriculture website was updated to Drupal 7 in January 2014. The new e-Agriculture.org is now safer and faster.

However, as part of this upgrade, users’ “content subscriptions” (ie. automatic email notifications to inform you about new content) were cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. In order to activate new content subscriptions, you can follow the few simple steps described in the blog post “How to activate customized subscriptions to e-Agriculture content”.

 FORUM WRAP UP: "e-Agriculture: looking back and moving forward"

From 25 November to 6 December 2013, the “WSIS+10 forum”, sponsored by the Grameen Foundation and FAO, was organized to review successes and failures in improving agricultural and rural development through the use of ICTs. Participants discussed the topic by sharing experiences and ideas, and coming up with a series of recommendations. Over 126 posts were published.

Read the policy brief by clicking here.

You can access the discussions from this and previous forums on our forum archive page.


The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) was held in Abu Dhabi in February 2014 under the theme “Driving Innovation for an Agricultural Revolution”. GFIA seeks to become the largest showcase of game-changing innovations in sustainable agriculture. Sophie Treinen, Knowledge Outreach Team Leader at FAO, moderated the breakout session “The e-Agriculture revolution”.

Read Sophie's blog about the event.


The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will be an extended version of the annual WSIS Forum. The Event will be held at the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Headquarters, Geneva from 10-13 June 2014. It will review the progress made in implementing WSIS outcomes, according to the mandates of participating agencies. It will also take stock of achievements in the last 10 years based on reports submitted by countries, Action Line Facilitators and other WSIS stakeholders with the aim of developing proposals for a new vision beyond 2015, potentially including new targets. This process will take the decisions of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly into account.

Visit the WSIS website.


e-Agriculture‘s members are interested in learning from each other’s experiences! e-Agriculture is thus launching a call to collect good practices on ICTs for agriculture. Your examples of good practices will be published in a special section of the website and will be promoted through e-Agriculture’s social media channels.

A good practice is not only a practice that is good, but a practice that has been proven to work well and produce good results, and is therefore recommended as a model. It is a successful experience, which has been tested, validated and repeated. It thus deserves to be shared so that a greater number of people can adopt it.

The following set of criteria will help you determine whether your experience can be defined as a “good practice”:

  1. Effective and successful: a good practice has proven its strategic relevance as the most effective way for achieving a specific objective; it has been successfully adopted and has had a positive impact on individuals and/or communities.
  2. Environmentally, economically and socially sustainable: a good practice meets current needs, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poorest people, without compromising future needs.
  3. Gender sensitive: a description of the practice must show how men and women are involved.
  4. Technically feasible: technical feasibility is the basis of a good practice. It is easy to learn and to implement.
  5. Inherently participatory: participatory approaches are essential as they support a joint sense of ownership of decisions and actions.
  6. Replicable and adaptable: a good practice can be replicated and adapted for use in different situations.
  7. Reducing disaster and crisis risks (if applicable): a good practice contributes to disaster/crisis risk reduction and resilience.

Would you like to document and share your experience but don’t know where to start?
You can learn more about “good practices” by reading the concept note Good practices at FAO: Experience capitalization for continuous learning and by using the good practices template.

Have you already documented your experience on ICT4Ag and wish to share it with the e-Agriculture community? Send it to: info@e-agriculture.org

You can stay in touch with e-Agriculture members throughout the world by joining us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

If you need assistance, have suggestions or wish to unsubscribe, please write us at info@e-agriculture.org

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