Information & Communication

Recent works that we’ve been doing since last few months.

The power of online communities

Communities of practice can strengthen smallholder farmers’ ability to influence policy and improve their farming practices. This document briefs about the potential of virtual communities which foster such practices to bring about rural transformation.   

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EMBRACING WEB 2.0 AND SOCIAL MEDIA: A life-changing pathwayfor agricultural development actors

ICTs enabled rural actors with internet access not only to offer but also to benefit from a range of services that were not previously available.This publication documents some of the success stories in Web 2.0 and social mediawithin the agricultural sector.

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Going To Scale With ICTS For Agriculture

The role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in agriculture is truly significant in everything, from conserving water use to helping secure the livelihoods of rural women. The huge potential of ICT for agriculture (ICT4Ag), from increasing agricultural yields to helping farmers get a fairer price for their produce, is well documented in this guide.

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Effective Tools for Knowledge Management and Learning in Agriculture and Rural Development

The purpose of this guide is to understand KM and to shortlist KM methods and tools identified, providing a useful starting point for beginning KM practitioners.

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ICT and Youth in Agriculture

While the agricultural sector is traditionally not very popular among youth in Africa, notably because it lacks policy support, ICT innovations are contributing to improving its image. They advance value chains, providing new employment opportunities, and attract more young people to the sector.

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ICTs for Agricultural Extension: Global Experiments, Innovations and Experiences

Saravanan, R ., (2008), (Ed.) New India Publishing Agency (NIPA), New Delhi.

This book is an attempt to document the National Policy on ICTs in agricultural extension, ICT infrastructure scenario and related issues, case studies on innovative ICTs for agricultural extension initiatives and lessons from ICT application from countries such as Bangladesh, Caribbean Nations (Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St.kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago),  Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi), Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago and Zimbabwe.

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Strengthening Rural Livelihoods: The impact of information and communication technologies in Asia

David J. Grimshaw and Shalini Kala (Eds) (2011) International Development Research Centre

This book brings together rigorously tested practices and methods of applying ICTs for improving rural livelihoods.Each research study has investigated how and to what extent a specific ICT intervention made a difference. Together they show how ICTs have empowered rural people and transformed livelihoods in agriculture: by filling information gaps, raising awareness, building skills and extending social networks.

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Innovation and Scaling of ICTs for the Bottom of the Pyramid Journal of Information Technology (2013) 28, 296–315

Richard Heeks from the University of Manchester shared with us this article which analyses scaling into four stages, and identifies the types of innovations, strategies, roles and risks associated with each of those stages.

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ICTs for Sustainable Agriculture: Indicators from Asia and the Pacific Gerard Sylvester (Ed), FAO, 2013

It delivers a collection of initiatives, technologies and processes that hold great promise for agriculture and rural development. These papers outline how various organizations are addressing the challenges faced by agriculture with the help of technology-mediated solutions. In the first part a synthesis is given of the reports and sub-regional workshops conducted by FAO, APAARI and GFAR and other partners between 2010 and 2013 on the topic of ICTs for sustainable agriculture. In the second part you will find contributions from many individuals and organizations involved in agriculture or on technologies that assist agricultural development and knowledge sharing.

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Reference Guide: Mobile-based technologies for monitoring and evaluation: A practical guide

This publication is a practical reference guide for project managers, M&E specialists, researchers and donors interested in quick tools for monitoring and data collection.

The Guide is organized into three sections: Quick Start: Is mobile-based monitoring and evaluation for you? How to get started?  Mobile Technology: Options and Opportunities: How is mobile technology better than paper survey? What are your choices? Implementing Mobile Technology in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E): How to roll out a mobile system? What are best practices, do”s and don’ts?

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