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October 2016 | e-Agriculture Newsletter

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October 2016 | e-Agriculture Newsletter



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 14,000 registered members from over 170 countries and territories.



  • E-Agriculture in figures
  • New pages in 2016: Two new pages were created this year
  • e-Agriculture Strategy guide: latest developments
  • e-Agriculture Solutions Forum in Thailand
  • Expert consultation on e-Government aspects of national e-Agriculture strategies for sustainable family farming in Hungary
  • World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Update
  • Upcoming Events

e-Agriculture.org in figures

Since its launch in 2007, the Community has grown steadily and by September 2016, e-Agriculture had reached 14.000 registered members! Many people consider our platform www.e-agriculture.org as a reliable source of information for ICT4Ag, and the statistics seem to confirm this: from January to September 2016 we registered more than 300,000 page views and more than 200,000 sessions.

New pages in 2016: Two new pages were created this year

Audiovisual Page

During this year the Audiovisual Page was created in order to respond to emerging trends. Audiovisual is an excellent way of using ICTs to share experiences and good practices from projects in agricultural and rural development with a large audience. An audiovisual material can describe and illustrate a good practice and transfer information in a very effective way, showing step-by-step what the experience is about.

ICT Update Page

ICT Update is a bimonthly printed bulletin, a web magazine, and an accompanying email newsletter and mobile website focusing on ICTs for agricultural development. ICT Update is published by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP–EU (CTA). e-Agriculture and ICT Update work together to be able to collect and share even more ICT4Ag information. Through the ICT Update page you will be able to gain access to all of the ICT4Ag

news available in ictupdate.cta.int.


e-Agriculture Strategy Guide: Latest Developments

With the recent publication of Bhutan’s Renewable Natural Resources Master Plan (E-RNR) and Sri Lanka’s e-Agriculture Strategy, these two countries are the first to develop a comprehensive e-Agriculture strategy based on the FAO-ITU e-Agriculture Strategy Guide. FAO is engaged in ongoing projects with the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu to develop their respective national e-Agriculture strategy.

Many countries are finding a growing need to develop and implement an e-Agriculture strategy, and showing increasing interest in doing so.  All updates are made available on the e-Agriculture strategies dedicated page.

e-Agriculture Solutions Forum in Thailand

FAO and ITU organized a three day e-Agriculture Solutions Forum from 29 to 31 August 2016 followed by a two day Training-of-trainers (ToT) on the development of national e-Agriculture strategies from 1 to 2 September 2016 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

The three day forum included an exhibition and knowledge sharing sessions on sustainable ICT for agriculture. This event brought together ICT in agriculture solution providers who showcased their technologies and provided valuable opportunities for networking to further strengthen national e-Agriculture implementations. The three-day forum and exhibition has attracted more than 100 participants from across Asia and the Pacific.

Expert consultation on e-Government aspects of national e-Agriculture strategies for sustainable family farming in Hungary

Ten countries - Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Slovakia, Turkey and Uzbekistan - attended the Expert Consultation between 22 and 24 June 2016 in Visegrad, Hungary. Participants reflected and clarified the concepts of e-Agriculture and the need for national strategy.

The country presentations showed a dynamic increase from last year, incorporating experiences from the regional workshop, regarding the interest and efforts in conducting e-Agriculture activities in a more systematic and coordinated way at the national level. For example Hungary introduced a new Digital Agriculture Strategy, Albania started developing an integrated service called Farmer Single Window, Azerbaijan launched a broad e-Agriculture project with EU support, FYR Macedonia opened a series of annual conferences on ICTs in agriculture, Moldova continued to strengthen the operation of its Agriculture Information Centre according to enforced national law, while in Uzbekistan they started the translation of the e-Agriculture strategy guide to Russian language. Participants still identified numerous problems and challenges which should be tackled by a series of follow-up actions, as summarised in the recommendations part of the report, to be published soon on the website of the event.

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Update

The WSIS Forum 2016 was held between 2 and 6 May 2016 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva. This year the Forum attracted more than 1800 WSIS Stakeholders from more than 150 countries. Several high-level representatives of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community graced the Forum with more than 85 ministers and deputies, several ambassadors, CEOs and Civil Society leaders contributing passionately towards the programme of the Forum. The highlight of the WSIS Forum was the Prime Minister of Tonga, who graced the event with his presence. On–site and remote participation increased tremendously during the WSIS Forum 2016.

Upcoming events:


23 and 24 November 2016: ICT in Agribusiness Conference in Skopje, Macedonia

29 November to 1 December 2016: Africa Web Festival 2016 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

16 and 17 February 2017: European Intelligent Agriculture Congress in Brussels, Belgium

12 to 16 June 2017WSIS Forum 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland



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