The role of ICTs in dissemination of information on Ecological Organic Agriculture Hudson WerehProject Assist; Biovision Farmer Communication Programme Stakeholder Inception Planning Workshop 17-18 MAY, 2012 Kakamega, Kenya
What is ICT?ICT (Information & Communication Technology /Technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and etc, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning.
Over the last 10 - 15 years, ICT haschanged the way the world works, plays,communicates and shops. Many of thesechanges are seen the world over, someare restricted to more advanced countries.These changes have been so pervasivethat it is hard to remember what the worldwas like without them.
The Nairobi declaration on agriculturalextension & advisory services, Nov 2011The need for enhanced use of ICT bothold and new, and engagement of themedia in expanding the reach andimpact of extension and advisoryservices.
Relevant entry points for ICT•Enhancing Agricultural Production•Improving Markets•Building Farmer Capacities
Enhancing Agricultural Production• Intervention; Increasing efficiency, productivity and sustainability of small scale farms.• How; information about pest and disease control, especially early warning systems, new varieties, new ways to optimize production and regulations for quality control
Improving Markets• Intervention; better of markets resulting from informed decisions about future crops and commodities and best time and place to sell and buy goods• up-to-date market information on; prices for commodities, inputs and consumer trends
Capacity Building• Strengthen capacities and better representation of their constituencies when negotiating input and output prices, land claims, resource rights and infrastructure projects.• Reduce social isolation, widen the perspective of local communities in terms of national or global developments, open up new business opportunities and allow easier contact with friends and relatives
ICT in the context of FCP• The Biovision Farmer Communication Programme has already embraced and integrated the use of ICT in its projects.
Interfaces to mobile phones and call centres – ASK TOF
Print: The Organic Farmer (TOF)
Radio: TOF RadioStarted in 2008, TOF radio is aweekly radio show broadcasted onthe national Kenya BroadcastingCorporation(KBC) Kiswahili… Service (everyThursday from 8.15 to 8.30 pm)Radio Milele (every Tuesday from8.30 to 8.45 pm).
Farmer learning resource centres / i-TOF Centres: This consists of rural based centres managed by TOF and infonet community information workers equipped with facilitation skills to train farmers and also to enable… them to access information through multimedia equipment, particularly desktop computers and OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) and other ICTs.
Conditions for a conducive enabling environment• Need for relevant agricultural Information.• Timely information in relevant formats – language, print, softcopy etc• Institution and human capacity to link rural communities• Connectivity
There is currently a revolution in the ICT industry that is dramatically changing the way people understand and use ICT tools.It is going to be an entire paradigm shift.
It’s up to us to decide how we want to use these advances to improve our lives.The opportunity is there. Are we going to take it?