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<font size=5>At 09:00 27/09/2011, you wrote:
The recent 8th EFITA Conference in Prague
<a href="http://www.efita2011.cz/index.php?idScript=29" eudora="autourl">
http://www.efita2011.cz/index.php?idScript=29<br>
</a>dedicated a Keynote to the Impact of Technological Innovations. In
several sessions&nbsp; various <br>
aspects of information-providing mobile systems were presented and
discussed. An aspect<br>
of particular interest included the impact Social Network
information-exchanging (Facebook?) <br>
have on Agricultural Productivity. This facet specifically under the
title: <br>
<b>Collaborative platforms and Social Media for Agriculture.<br>
The format was a query: <br>
</font><font size=5 color="#000080"><i>Are Social Networks A
Technological Upgrade or a Paradigm Shift?<br><br>
</i></b></font><font size=5>This&nbsp; questions and findings in this
Indian study add universal clarity to the issues as <br>
discussed in Prague - issues such as:
<ul>
<li>What kind of information <b><u>do farmers value</u></b> the most to
improve agricultural productivity?
<li><b><u>Do mobile phones</u></b> and mobile-enabled agricultural
services<b> <u>have an impact</u></b> on agriculture?
<li><b><u>What are the factors that impede</u></b> realization of the
full productivity enhancing potential of mobile phones?.
<li><b><u>What are the interrelations</u></b> between mobile phones
(social networks), agricultural productivity and social factors? </font>
</ul><font size=4><b>best<br>
Ehud Gelb, <br>
Center for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel<br><br>
</b><blockquote type=cite class=cite cite="">• New comment : <i>India-
Impact of mobile phones<br>
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07:54<br>
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• <b>surabhi75 </b>wrote <br><br>
<i>Â This might be of interest.<br>
&nbsp;<br>
ICRIER WP 246. Socio Economic Impact of Mobile Phone son Indian
Agriculture- Surabhi Mittal, Sanjay Gandhi and Gaurav
Tripathi.<a href="http://www.icrier.org/page.asp?MenuID=24&amp;SubCatId=175&amp;SubSubCatI...
http://www.icrier.org/page.asp?MenuID=24&amp;SubCatId=175&amp;SubSubCatI...
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We need to be clear about the objective or purpose of delivering
agriculture/ extension information to the farmers. The programmes or
models through which this information is delivered, it is important for
them to run their system efficiently and thus through a regular internal
process they keep a close watch on if the information is being delived
and how to improve the delivery. On the other hand it is also important
to see if the information that farmers receive has any impact on their
socio-economic conditions. Anectodal evidences from various earlier
studies in India and South Asia (including mine ICRIER WP 246) has proven
this fact. But the big question remains if actually a critical mass of
farming community expecially the small farmers surviving on subsistence
agriculture - mainly cereal based economy able to benefit from this
information? How have they use <br><br>
Cheers<br>
</font><br>
Surabhi Mittal<br><br>
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<font size=4>Dr. Ehud Gelb<br>
Center for Agricultural Economic Research<br>
9 Hagalil St.,Rehovot, 76601, Israel<br>
tel: +972 8 9411677, fax: +972 8 9417882<br>
mobile: +972 52 4459721<br>
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At 06:30 03/10/2011, you wrote:
<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite="">Still missing - comments from
the end users/beneficiaries,</blockquote>
Cheers,<br><br>
Ehud Gelb<br><br>
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Dear | Estimado(a) | Cher/Chère: gelb<br><br>
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• New commentÂ&nbsp; <b>|</b> Nuevo comentarioÂ&nbsp; <b>|</b> Nouveau
commentaire: <i>ICT index<br>
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• <b>surabhi75 </b>wrote <b>| </b>escribió <b>|</b> a écrit:<br><br>
<i>Isn't it worth discussing about these indicators and trying to list
out both quantitative and qualitative ones to be able to start thinking
in developing an ICT index for agriculture. This will build the base the
future databasis and comparative studies across states or nations. At
this forum we can think and try to do this.<br><br>
Surabhi <br><br>
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<font size=5>Dear Ms/Sir
Please change my communication language to English.<br>
Thanks.<br>
with regard,<br>
Ehud Gelb<br>
</font>At 16:57 10/05/2011, you wrote:<br><br>
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Cher/Chère gelb,<br><br>
• Nouveau commentaire dans: Forum topic<br>
• Posté par: yotetang<br>
• Sujet: TIC et genre en agriculture<br>
• Publié le: 02/05/2011 - 12:18<br><br>
D'une façon globale, le taux d'utilisation des TIC dans l'agriculture
reste faible dans la plupart des pays d'Afrique Centrale. La situation
est particulièrement préoccupante dans la mesure où certains
gouvernements n'ont pas encore mis sur pied des programmes de promotion
des TIC dans les zones rurales. Pour le cas du Cameroun, le téléphone
portable est l'outil le plus utilisé dans le monde rural. Même les
femmes analphabètes peuvent l'utiliser. Par rapport au téléphone, le
problème de genre ne se pose plus. Par contre le problème de genre se
pose avec les autres outils tels que l'ordinateur et Internet. Il y a
quelques années, le gouvernement camerounais a lancé un vaste programme
de formation des femmes Ã&nbsp; l'utilisation d'Internet. Mais ce
programme profite surtout aux associations féminines présentes dans les
zones urbaines. En parallèle, le <br><br>
Quelle est l’importance des questions de genre dans les projets et
programmes pour l’utilisation des TIC dans l’agriculture et le
développement rural?<br><br>
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<font size=5>Dear Ms/Sir
Please change my communication language to English.<br>
Thanks.<br>
with regard,<br>
Ehud Gelb<br>
</font>At 16:57 10/05/2011, you wrote:<br><br>
<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite="">** Pour répondre Ã&nbsp; ce
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Cher/Chère gelb,<br><br>
• Nouveau commentaire dans: Forum topic<br>
• Posté par: yotetang<br>
• Sujet: TIC et genre en agriculture<br>
• Publié le: 02/05/2011 - 12:18<br><br>
D'une façon globale, le taux d'utilisation des TIC dans l'agriculture
reste faible dans la plupart des pays d'Afrique Centrale. La situation
est particulièrement préoccupante dans la mesure où certains
gouvernements n'ont pas encore mis sur pied des programmes de promotion
des TIC dans les zones rurales. Pour le cas du Cameroun, le téléphone
portable est l'outil le plus utilisé dans le monde rural. Même les
femmes analphabètes peuvent l'utiliser. Par rapport au téléphone, le
problème de genre ne se pose plus. Par contre le problème de genre se
pose avec les autres outils tels que l'ordinateur et Internet. Il y a
quelques années, le gouvernement camerounais a lancé un vaste programme
de formation des femmes Ã&nbsp; l'utilisation d'Internet. Mais ce
programme profite surtout aux associations féminines présentes dans les
zones urbaines. En parallèle, le <br><br>
Quelle est l’importance des questions de genre dans les projets et
programmes pour l’utilisation des TIC dans l’agriculture et le
développement rural?<br><br>
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ICT in Agriculture: Perspectives of Technological Innovation

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Shahid suggests that "integration of ICT in agricultural initiatives is a new trend.." I would like to agree and supplement the comment by noting  that integration of ICT in agricultural initiatives goes back to 1956 - tracing to an inititive to integrate Linear Planning into agricultural management methodology. As I commented yesterday several imsightful indicators regarding the rate of ICT adoption, ICT impact on production and productity and innovation adoption in general are detailed in various areas of agricutural production in the free e-book "ICT in Agriculture: Perspectives of Technological Innovation"  http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/gelb-main.html                  

It is important to note that the book is NOT an historical review. It is geared to present overtime proven insights for ICT4D project decion makers engaged in evaluating their past activities and planning to undertake new projects.

As before comments are solicited and welcome.

Ehud Gelb gelb@agri.huji.ac.il

".....efaminu wrote: � You raised deep and probing questions. There is need to track down how ICT is affecting production and productivity, in relation to farmers' behaviour in terms of adoption rates, and what factors facilitate adoption of a particular technology - cost, availability, accessibility etc. coupled with farmers' access to other information sources. For emerging economies these are very important statistics we need especially as penetration of ICT is low.

My comment:

The free, public domain e--book "ICT Adoption in Agriculture" provides a wealth of information - specifically on ICT Adoption  affecting production and productivity. The link to the book is http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/gelb-main.html
The authors of each of the chapters review their  long and comprehensive experience in ICT Adoption in their fields of competence with a focus on decision makers faced with ICT Adoption and development. Last year the book was accessed several hundred thousand times. 
Comments will be most welcome.
Ehud Gelb gelb@agri.huji.ac.il

The comments till now seem to underestimate the comments and evaluation of ICT end users

The comment till now seem to underestimate end user comments and evaluation of impact./

Is literacy a prerequisite for mobile telephony utilization?