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Posts on the topic "stakeholders"

Posts on the topic "stakeholders"

  • Making ICTs work for farmers: Seven Case studies

    ICTs have a huge potential in imporving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the developing world, especially in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). ICTs can give access to market and weather information, allow farmers to transfer money and negotiate prices with traders. Moreover, the use of mobile phones is rapidly incresing. But some obstacles remain, such as poor network connectivity in rural areas, non-existing information, or lack of technology knowledge by potential users. This article summarizes seven ICT4Ag projects developed in the context of CTA's ICT4Ag...
  • Stories from the field: Going to scale with ICTs for agriculture

    ICTs in agriculture have a huge potential: they can increase agricultural yields or help farmers get a fairer price for their produce. Farmers now have access to farm mapping, weather data, marketing tools, financial credit, advice from extension workers, and social networks thanks to SMS applications, mobile banking and satellite data. However, there are some limits to the reach of ICTs in rural areas: poor internet connectivity, high illiteracy rates and the inability of pilot projects to go to scale due to the lack of long-term funding or not having measures for their sustainability. This...
  • Turning Data into Decisions in AgriFood

    Turning Data into Decisions in AgriFood Date Wednesday 22 November 2017 Location SCI, London, UK Description Harnessing the power of Big Data to generate new insights, practices and products is one of the key priorities of today's AgriFood supply chain. Numerous sensors and connected devices are...
  • How to enable smallholder farmers to use ICTs?

    In this blog post, Ajit Maru describes all the requirements an ICT product has to have to be usable for the farmer: the hardware, the software, connectivity, skills, content, security and safety in use, privacy and a profitable and productive environment. But, he points out, some problems can rise up: for example, in many countries women are frowned upon or even prohibited to have a smartphone. Another problem is the cost: for a smallholder farmer in India earning about INR 60.000 per year, a smartphone costs no less than INR 5.000, and connectivity costs around INR 100 per month. According...
  • The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017

    The flagship report," The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 " was launched on the 15th of September 2017 at FAO headquarters by FAO,IFAD, WFP, UNICEF and WHO, which marked an expanded partnership than the previous years. The major finding of the report is that after a prolonged decline, estimates indicate that global hunger increased in 2016 and affected 815 million people, and in some parts of the world hunger levels rose sharply - for example, with a famine declared in areas such as South Sudan in early 2017 and will alerts issued in northeast Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen...
  • Practicing the principles for digital development

    Practicing the principles for digital development Date Thu, October 12, 2017 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EAT Location Hyatt Regency, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Desciption The Principles for Digital Development are the distilled knowledge of hundreds of professionals and thousands of projects into nine best...
  • U.S. Data-Driven Farming Prize Awards $300,000 for Innovative Agricultural Solutions in Nepal

    Four international companies were awarded with the Global Data-Driven Farming Prize by the US government’s Feed the Future Initiative on Thursday, September 7th, 2017, for their innovative solutions in using information and communications technology to improve agricultural productivity. The solutions will be tested in Nepal, as the competition aims to give the opportunity to find innovations from around the world and link them to less developed economies, where these solutions have not yet arrived. The four winners were two Nepali firms and a German and a Candian company. Db2Map and PEAT won...
  • Using Dgroups to scale up online Networking and Communication in the Rural Water Supply Network

    Check out the latest case study on Dgroups: Using Dgroups to scale up online networking and communication in the Rural Water Supply Network. This item is based on an in-depth interview of Sean Furey (Skat/RWSN) by Saskia Harmsen. It includes a 4-page PDF and a video and full transcript of the interview . This case study describes why RWSN has chosen to use Dgroups as their main tool for communicating with partners and clients all over the world. It explains how they’ve been using Dgroups and what results it helped the network achieve. Finally, it presents the key lessons learned by RWSN on...
  • Next week - Online course on Human-Centered Design by IDEO.org

    On the 12th of September, two free courses on Human-centered Design will start hosted by IDEO.org. This is a great opportunity to learn from IDEO.org how to use human-centered design for social innovation. The courses have an intensive programme to enable the participants to really understand what human-centered design is about and how to apply it to overcome challenges and find innovative solutions. Both courses are free. Students are encouraged to form their own teams to work through the content. You can enroll using the following links. Introduction to human-centered design - 4 weeks -...
  • e-learning Africa International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training

    eLearning Africa 2017, which will take place in Mauritius from 27 to 29 of September, is Africa's largest and most comprehensive knowledge sharing event on ICTs for development, education and training. Attendees will be able to learn about the latest trends in technology education and training and meet the most important ICT related decision-makers and practicioners. eLearning Africa will host African participants working in education, technology and development. This year, eLearning Africa will partner with UNESCO to celebrate the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI...