e-Agriculture Newsletter No.6, 2017
FOCUS ON GOOD PRACTICES ON THE USE OF ICTS IN AGRICULTURE
From April to June 2017, the e-Agriculture Community of Practice (CoP), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), collected good ad promising practices on the use of ICTs in Agriculture from members or followers of the CoP. The purpose of the call was to collect lessons learnt and recommendations for ICT use in agricultural initiatives around the world and share them with members of the e-Agriculture CoP. Out of all the submissions for the call for good and promising practices, 15 experiences were selected for publication by a 3 member jury. The e-Agriculture Team is currently working with the participants to finalize the submissions. Three submissions (highlighted in orange) were found to be outstanding and they will be given the opportunity to talk and share their experience with our audience during a webinar.
The selected Good and Promising Practices
As a little preview to the publication, the list of the selected good and promising practices (not by any order of preference) :
SECOND CALL FOR GOOD AND PROMISING PRACTICES FOR THE REGION OF EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
The e-Agriculture COP and FAO are launching a second call for good and promising practices and this time we will be focusing on practices from the region of Europe and Central Asia. Submissions can be send in English and Russian. A presentation on experience capitalization and good practices is available in English and Russian to help you with your submissions. For more detailed information on the call for good and promising practices for the region of Europe and Cental Asia, you can click here.
The deadline for this regional call is the 8th of October 2017
To learn more about experience capitalization and good practices, you can also enrol in the free online course entitled, "Experience Capitalization for Continuous Learning". In the context of the calls for good and promising practices, the e-Agriculture CoP held webinars to explain the experience capitalization and good practices in the context of ICTs. Webinars can be viewed under the e-Agriculture webinars section
FAO HOLDS THE "DEVELOPING APPS: BUILDING AND SHARING KNOWLEDGE" WORKSHOP
FAO held this stakeholder workshop in Rome, Italy from the 31st of July till the 4th of August 2017. The workshop took place in the framework of the FAO Digital Services in Africa project. This project focuses on the development of four applications that will help local farmers having access to agricultural services and ensuring the availability of local content.
Through this project, many family farmers in project focus areas are expected to access agricultural services. The four pilot apps are:
The workshop was opened by the Director of CIO, Mr. Samuel Varas, and the digital strategy team which includes Mr. Cezar Alvarez Santos and Mr. James Azevedo Gorgen speaking on the welcome address. The key feature of this workshop was the address by various entities within FAO that are working on ICTs in Africa under the Agricultural Services and Digital Inclusion in Africa project.
The following FAO projects particiated in the workshop, SP5 resilience program, Communication for Development, and the Dimitra Clubs project.The software developers of these Apps had long developer sessions to map the development strategy and the way forward.The e-Agriculture Team had the opportunity to interview Mr.Cezar Alvarez Santos who shedded more light to this project and on the debate of the mobile apps for agriculture. Read the interview below in this newsletter. More information
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