ICTs showcased within the Agroecology Symposium
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is hosting the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is underway.
The 2nd symposium has gathered around 400 policy-makers, practitioners, academics and public and private sector representatives to discuss policies and actions to support scaling up agroecology.
The aim of the Second International Symposium is to identify needs and problems that countries face in the adoption and implementation of agroecology, to evaluate the impact of dedicated public policies, and to identify the capacity-building needs of the relevant institutions.
In his opening address, FAO Director General, Mr. Graziano Da Silva reiterated the importance of agroecology is noted saying, “We need to promote a transformative change in the way we produce and consume our food. Agroecology can offer several contributions to this process”
ICTs within Agroecology Symposium
While there is no specific session discussion the ICTs, two interesting ICT projects within agroecology are displayed in the poster presentation. These are, (i) CONECT-e: Sharing Traditional Ecological Knowledge and (ii) Grape Mundo: An ecosystem for Grape farming
CONECT-e: Sharing Traditional Ecological Knowledge
CONECT-e is a wiki-like platform to gather and share traditional ecological knowledge that might contribute to the Spanish Inventory of Biodiversity-related Traditional Knowledge.
It is an interactive platform that collects and transmits traditional knowledge related to seeds of crops under the threat of extinction, plants, animals, fungi and ecosystems.
The CONECT-e behefits small-scale farmers by protecting landscape farmers by protecting landrace names and associated knowledge from misappropriation.
Grape Mundo: An ecosystem for Grape farming
Grape Mundo is an app that guides grape farmers to produce residue-free grapes fit for export markets. The app is freely available from Google Play Store and helps the farmers to time their inputs so that they get residue-free bunches.
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