E-Agriculture Strategy Guide

Many stakeholders acknowledge the need for a national e-agriculture strategy - a guideline on leveraging the advances in ICT to address some of the challenges faced in agriculture. However, most countries are yet to adopt a strategic approach in making the best use of ICT developments for agriculture.  

E-agriculture strategies will help to rationalize resources (financial and human) and address, holistically, ICT opportunities and challenges for the agricultural sector in a more efficient manner. Such strategies will also help to generate new revenue streams and improve the livelihoods of the rural community as well as ensure that the goals of the national agriculture master plan are achieved. The existence of an e-agriculture strategy and its alignment with other government plans will prevent e-agriculture projects and services from being implemented in isolation. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with their domain knowledge in agriculture and in the use of emerging technologies for food security, agriculture and rural development, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) the lead UN specialized agency on ICTs, together with support from partners, have developed the E-agriculture Strategy Guide. This framework assist countries to develop their national e-agriculture strategy and master plan.

In depth

Development of an Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA) TCP/PHI/3604

Philippines is exposed to multiple hazards which include periodic typhoons, tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, forest-fires and pandemics. It is also facing agricultural and natural resource risks including those associated with rapid urbanization, migration and socio-economic changes. This project is expected to increase resilience against multiple-threats to the agriculture sector in the Philippines.

Strengthening the e-agriculture environment and developing ICT-mediated agricultural solutions for countries in Asia-Pacific TCP/RAS/3513

This project addresses the challenges that impede the deployment of appropriate ICT for agricultural development solutions at large scale. By adopting a holistic approach the project focuses on working with governments to not only develop their national e-agriculture strategies but also to support them in developing and implementing some of the high priority ICT for agriculture solutions/services identified in the strategy.

Agricultural Extension Modernization Myanmar TCP/MYA/3605/C4

Myanmar has seen little contribution of the extension service in the increase of agricultural productivity. The lack of a sustainable extension support system is perceived as important contributing factors. The project objectives are: A sectorial review report and recommendation on use of technology to strengthen Myanmar extension service and a project proposal aimed at developing a sound and smart agricultural extension system for agricultural development.