E-Agriculture

Posts on the topic "farmers"

Posts on the topic "farmers"

  • Seven reasons why Mexico is ready to become a global leader in ICT for agriculture initiatives

    The GSMA mAgri Programme forges partnerships between mobile operators, technology providers and agricultural organisations. Although it has enourmous potential, Mexico seems to have been left out by ICT for agriculture initiatives. This article presents seven reasons for which Mexican agriculture should invest in ICT related projects to lift farmers out of poverty and into the 21st century. 1. The needs of Mexican farmers are huge 3.9 million farmers out of 5.3 million in Mexico earn of less than USD 1,000 per year. 61 per cent of Mexican farmers live in poverty. The reasons for this...
  • Six Ways Drones Are Revolutionizing Agriculture

    By 2050, there will be 9.6 billion people in the planet. Feeding the whole worldwide population will be a central challenge for the next generations. Farmers will have to think of ways to reduce the inputs, for example water and pesticides, while maintaining the outputs. Drones can be of great help to farmers in reducing the inputs while trying to provide the same production, or even increase it. This article presents six ways in which drones can be central in agricultural productivity and sustainability. 1. Soil and field analysis: Drones produce precise 3-D maps for early soil analysis for...
  • Best Practice for Implementing Mobile Finance in Low-Income Communities

    The proliferation of mobile phones across the world has enabled financial institutions to take advantage and introduce services accessible through mobile handsets. A scoping study has explored the challenges of implementing mobile-finance in low-income communities and also evaluated secondary data from online discussion and webinars. The study was done by two researchers at the University of Machester and raises very interesting questions into the application of mobile finance for low income countries. The following questions are answered in the paper:- What are the potential benefits of m-...
  • Free Webinar : How much data is enough in Precision Agriculture?

    This announcement is reproduced as published on AIMS Dear Users AIMS team pleased to invite you to attend an upcoming webinar as part of the AIMS@Webinars series: HOW MUCH DATA IS ENOUGH IN PRECISION AGRICULTURE? DATE: Wednesday May 10th, 2017 TIME: at 15.00 CET / 16.00 CEST TARGET AUDIENCE: The webinar is open to all We welcome questions and suggestions at: AIMS@fao.org To PARTICIPATE: SEND YOUR REQUEST at: AIMS@fao.org containing: Subject: AIMS@Webinar_BDI Your Name: Your e-mail: Affiliation: LINK TO THE WEBINAR ROOM http://fao.adobeconnect.com/bde-pilot/ Once registered, you will receive...
  • Precision Farming tool becomes free for European Farmers

    Yara ImageIT is a smartphone app designed to measure nitrogen uptake in a crop and generate a nitrogen recommendation based on photographs of the crop. ImageIT calculates nitrogen uptake based on leaf cover, leaf green color and estimated fraction of brown leaves. The app also generates an intelligent recommendation for adjusting the fertilization program based on measurements. ImageIT is user-friendly and flexible in terms of technical requirements: it works with low resolution images with a file size as small as 50 – 200 KB. If internet coverage is poor, ImageIT can save the photos on the...
  • CTA Handbook: An ICT Agripreneurship Guide

    ICTs are pivotal for the future of agriculture. As they are finding an ever important space in most sectors of everyday life, agriculture should't be an exeption. ICTs can help in many ways producers and particularly smallholders in their livelihoods and development. In particular, ICTs can be an essential tool for young people aspiring to create their own agricultural business. As most of them have grown with these tools, they are more eager to use them in their worklife as well. This handbook published by the CTA is a guide designed for aspiring ICT entrepreneurs to instruct them with the...
  • Drone Technology is aiding data collection for crop breeding in Africa

    Preliminary results of a study shows that using drone technology could cut labour and costs spent in collecting data for maize breeding by at least 10% . The SciDevNEt reported that The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center ( CIMMYT ) in Southern Africa has adopted the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) also known as drones to collect data as a critical part of a breeding programme. The article quotes Mainassara Abdou Zaman-Allah, a maize physiologist at CIMMYT who noted that UAVs facilitated the collection of instant data gathering and that drones are able to collect data from...
  • ICTs and management of water resources in agriculture

    In this blog, The water sources worldwide are dwindling, the SDGs and the Paris agreement have an overaching policy guides on the use of water FAO focuses on water in 3 main categories; information and knowledge,policy advice, and technical support to member countries. The role of ICTs in water...
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  • CTA to launch a book , "ICT Agripreneurship Guide – A Path to Success for Young ACP Entrepreneurs"

    The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is set to launch a new book entitled, ICT Agripreneurship Guide – A Path to Success for Young ACP Entrepreneurs. This books relays CTA's experience of working with young people in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector The book is set to be launched at the African Agripreneurs Youth Forum (AYA Forum) in Ibadan, Nigeria. The AYA Forum is organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with CTA, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Agribusiness Incubation...
  • Focus on technology and agriculture : EU Farming Getting Smarter

    In the recent special report entitled ' EU Farming getting smarte r' the EURACTIV.com covers on technology and agriculture. The publication reports that European Union is exploring ways of helping its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) enter the digital era after 2020. However, there are numerous challenges that are identified such as the e-skills building, lack of broadband infrastructure and Big Data management. Below we present the abstracts of the titles covered in this report. Smart farming hinges on e-skills and rural internet access The digitisation of agriculture could help Europe...