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 Community of Practice comprises of more than 12 000 registered members from over 170 countries and territories.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- 2014: A successful year, a growing community
- 2014: Our achievements
- Mark your calendar: Upcoming conferences
The numbers speak clearly: 2014 has been a successful year for the e-Agriculture Community of Practice. Since its launch in 2007, the community keeps growing and by the end of 2014, e-Agriculture reached 12 100 registered members.
Many people consider our platform www.e-agriculture.org to be a reliable source of information for ICT4Ag, and the statistics seem to confirm this: In 2014 we registered 235 364 pageviews (on average, 645 pageviews/day) and 115 210 sessions (on average, 316 sessions/day).
Website visits are registered in every region of the world. Among the top 15 most active countries we find India (which alone represents about 31 percent of e-Agriculture.org traffic), Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, Indonesia, Colombia and Bangladesh, making e-Agriculture the most active ICT4Ag global community of practice.
e-Agriculture's online platform is not its only means of communication: Social media represent a great opportunity to get in touch with the wider online community. Through a Twitter account (@e_agriculture), a Facebook group (e-Agriculture.org) and a LinkedIn group (e-Agriculture Community of Practice), the e-Agriculture team keeps a constant and interactive connection with the wider ICT4Ag online community.
Building on these, and in order to further improve our platform and our communication strategy, we need to assess what works best for our members and what they think should be improved. To that end, the e-Agriculture team is preparing to launch a global online survey. All e-Agriculture registered members, as well as the wider ICT4Ag online community, will be strongly encouraged to participate in the survey and help us to work toward further improvement of e-Agriculture.
2014 has been a busy year for the e-Agriculture Community: In addition to the high-quality content published on our online platform and the face-to-face events we were involved in (for instance the WSIS process and the WSIS+10 Forum, the Global Forum on Innovation in Agriculture 2014 and the e-Ag Conference 2014,) the e-Agriculture team has prepared the “WSIS +10: overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes” report, and organized the 24th e-Agriculture Forum.
WSIS +10: Overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes
Since its launch as part of the “WSIS action line c.7: e-Agriculture” implementation, the e-Agriculture Community of Practice has grown exponentially in terms of reputation, number of members and activities undertaken. The e-Agriculture team, with the invaluable support of e-Agriculture partners, is finalizing the “WSIS +10: Overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes” on the action line c.7 e-agriculture, a comprehensive document where all the milestones of the e-Agriculture Community are listed, along with the main achievements in the e-Agriculture sector over the last 10 years.
The report will soon be available on our platform and on the WSIS website.
e-Agriculture forum on Communication for development and ICTs for family farming
In the framework of the International Year of Family Farming, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the e-Agriculture Community of Practice organized from 22 September to 6 October 2014 the 24th e-Agriculture online forum entitled “Communication for development, community media and ICTs for family farming and rural development”.
The aim of this e-Agriculture forum was to discuss and complement the outcomes of three regional online consultations which took place from 25 August to 12 September 2014 on the online platforms of Onda Rural for Latin America, YenKasa for Africa and ComDev Asia for Asia and the Pacific.
The inputs collected during the participatory discussion informed the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM), which took place from 23 to 24 October 2014 in Rome, Italy.
The e-Agriculture team has prepared a policy brief summarizing the key findings and other points raised during the discussion. The newly-released document, which is available in English, French and Spanish, can be downloaded from our website.
23 - 27 February 2015 | Mobile Learning Week 2015
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with UN Women, will organize the 2015 edition of Mobile Learning Week (MLW 2015), which will take place from 23 to 27 February 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
The event, which will focus on the theme “Leveraging technology to empower women and girls”, aims to show how technology – whether they be basic mobile handsets or powerful tablet computers – helps to open doors to educational opportunities and improve gender equality, both in education and beyond.
9 - 11 March 2015 | Global Forum on Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA 2015)
The 2015 edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA 2015) will take place from 9 to 11 March 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The GFIA, which attracts professionals from around the world across the whole value chain, represents an event of paramount importance for all stakeholders involved in sustainable agriculture.
Among the six conferences comprising GFIA 2015, one is specifically dedicated to the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for agriculture: the “ICT for Sustainable Agriculture” conference.
This event, organized in partnership with the Club of Ossiach, Progis Software and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), will focus on how ICT can promote sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture and will involve the participation of many key ICT4Ag stakeholders.
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