Communication for development Knowledge

Posted September 1996

The Internet and Rural Development: Recommendations for Strategy and Activity

Final Report and Executive Summary

Prepared for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
by Dr. Don Richardson (
Rural Extension Studies, University of Guelph

August, 1996

Introduction | Table of Contents | Executive Summary | Preface/Acknowledgements | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Project suggestions | Bibliography/Resources | WWW sites | Glossary

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Preface and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Communication for Development and the Global Internet: Conceptual Approach
Possible Range of Project Activities and Outputs
Applying a Communication for Development Approach to the Internet

Chapter 2: Current Context and Applications
The Emergence of the Internet: A Decentralized "People's Network" is Born
Ten Common Elements
The Mexicali Experience: FAO - Farmer Partnership
The Chilean Experience: Starting with Small Producers and Their Needs
Other Experiences
Internet Applications in Support of Sustainable Rural and Agricultural Development
Economic Development Applications for Agricultural Producers
Community Development Applications
Research/Education Applications
Small and Medium Enterprise Development
News Media Networks

Chapter 3: Recommended FAO Strategy and Activity
Promote Policy and Regional Coordination of Internet Strategy for Rural Development
Establish Pilot Projects
Promote Community Managed Communication and Information Services
Support Efforts to Liberalize Telecommunication Policies in Developing Countries
Support Local Internet Entrepreneurs and other Service Providers in Developing Countries
Assist Stakeholders in Advocating for Internet Service Provision and Telecommunication Infrastructure and Policy Improvements
Orient Existing Internet Information Services to Users in Developing Countries
Support Rural & Agriculture Educational Sector Internet Capability
Provide Internet Awareness Building and Demonstration
Promote Rural and Remote Internet Infrastructure Development
Support Creative Internet Applications and Information Services for Rural Development

Chapter 4: Conclusion

Project suggestions
Bibliography and Related Resources
Internet World Wide Web sites listed in this Report
Glossary of Internet Terms

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