The ICT Update No. 92 for September 2019 reflecting on digitalisation published


The ICT Update No. 92 for September 2019 reflecting on digitalisation published

The September Issue of ICT Update is now available online and reflects on the 20 years of publishing the ICT Update - nearly 100 issues.

The current issue highlights three recurring themes – learning; barriers for inclusion and adoption of ICTs; and innovation and entrepreneurship.An editorial by Yanick Bakker and Chris Addison walks readers through the details of the three main highlights mentioned above. Read the editorial here 

Furthermore, their editorial reveals a rich history of development of the ICT Update alongside the developments in technology and regional focus of specific technologies and emphasis.

"ICT Update developed from a series of observatory meetings looking at the use of new information and communication technologies in agriculture and rural development in ACP countries. To keep stakeholders updated, an email newsletter was established in the 1990s, which developed into a printed magazine, a website, a CD-ROM, live events, a Twitter account and Facebook page" - Bakker and Addison



The main objective of the ICT Update is to capture contemporary developments in ICTs for agriculture; the trends, latest technologies and stories from the field.

Selected Articles in this issue

Framing youth in food systems: the ‘push-pull’ model by Judith Francis, Jennie van der Mheenand Thomas Tichař

It is well-known that agriculture is a challenging sector to work in, and as a result, deters many young people from taking it over from their parents. However, many in the next generation are also recognising the opportunities; a rising middle class with more money and dietary preferences, closer ties between rural and urban areas through roads and transport, and the rise of new technology and digitisation – otherwise known as ‘the knowledge economy’.

Challenges and opportunities for ICT adoption in agricultural extension by Agwu Ekwe Agwu and Nwokorie Uchechi Mercy 

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) generally refer to an expanding assembly of technologies used to handle information and aid communication. ICTs enable individuals to create, collect, process and manage information in different ways (voice, text or image). There is scarcely a field of human activity today that has not been touched by the dramatic changes in ICTs. The use of ICTs in agriculture in ACP regions, for instance, is progressing, with growing appreciation of the importance of increasing access to information.

‘Uber-ising’ access to tractors for improved productivity in Nigeria and Kenya by Jehiel Oliver and Ken Lohento

As the world’s population continues to increase, it is projected that crop yields will need to double to achieve food security. Sub-Saharan Africa alone holds 60% of the global inventory of uncultivated farmland; yet average crop yields continue to fall well below global averages. In addition to food security, increased agricultural productivity remains critical to alleviating entrenched poverty and improving livelihoods for the millions of farmers that survive on less than US$2/day.

The enduring power of radio for agricultural extension in Africa by Karen Hampson and Blythe McKay

Charles Wandera is a farmer in Masindi district, Uganda. The area was recently hit with an infestation of the invasive Fall Armyworm; recently arrived in Africa, Armyworm caught farmers off guard in Masindi, leaving them unaware of how to defend their crops against the pest. Wandera turned to radio for a solution. He has been listening to a programme on Radio Kitara, supported by Farm Radio International (FRI), a Canadian NGO that works with radio broadcasters to deliver programmes aimed at small-scale farmers and their communities.

The potential of digital agriculture in Africa by Yentyl Williams

ICT Update spoke with Ben Addom, Team Leader, ICT for Agriculture at CTA and one of the authors of the recent CTA/Dalberg report on D4Ag in Africa, about the key recommendations of the study and the future of the sector.


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