Proceedings of the regional workshop on mobile technologies for food security, agriculture and rural development, 3-4 April 2012, Bangkok, Thailand


Mobile technologies for food security, agriculture and rural development: Role of the public sector

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok 2012


New information and knowledge are critical inputs for the practice of agriculture the world over. This is especially true for resource-poor farmers living in rural areas in Asia. Yet most of these farmers are not only resource poor but also information poor. Mobile technology holds great promise in delivering information to resource-poor farmers and as a consequence to improving their livelihoods. The number of mobile connections is presently six billion and growing. There are many examples of mobile-based interventions in agriculture, health, education and rural livelihood projects in Asia. Of these, however, few have moved from the pilot phase to fully functional sustainable initiatives. This workshop was convened in Bangkok, Thailand from 3 to 4 April 2012 to share experiences and good practices about the use of mobile phones in agricultural development and poverty reduction in the region. It brought together senior officials from 12 countries in Asia, representatives from the private sector and experts in mobile agricultural information systems to explore how effective partnerships between the public and private sectors can deliver mobile agricultural information services. Recommendations are included in the report.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Objectives of the workshop
Background the global perspective
Background the Asian perspective

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Components of the MAIS in Asia
Creating an enabling environment for MAIS
Key insights and recommendations
    Annex I: FAO publications and activities highlighting mobile
    Annex II: List of URLs
    Annex III: Workshop agenda
    Annex IV: Participants

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