Information and Communication Technologies: Transforming African Agriculture

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Poster prepared by ILRI, CTA & IAALD for the Exhibition during the African Union 2010 Summit, Theme—ICT in Africa: Challenges & Prospects for Development, held at UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 …

Poster prepared by ILRI, CTA & IAALD for the Exhibition during the African Union 2010 Summit, Theme—ICT in Africa: Challenges & Prospects for Development, held at UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 Jan-2 Feb 2010.

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  • 1. Information and Communication  Technologies Transforming African Agriculture Farming communities Mobile phones are used to empower and mobilize farmers and  communities, enabling communication and interaction.  Farmers use phones to negotiate with buyers, they dial‐in to  get local information and weather, they can send and receive  money. Governments can reach out to rural communities with  essential information. Markets and researchers use mobiles to  collect widely scattered data so it can be re‐used.  Science for development ICTs are applied along the research for development  continuum that connects agricultural science with agricultural  and rural change. They are used to transform agricultural  extension, facilitate the delivery of education and learning,  help to empower the rural poor, and power many agricultural  finance, credit, market, weather, and other services. Market information ICTs provide improved access to information, transforming the  way farmers do business. New technologies help make supply  and distribution processes more efficient; Farmers often  branch out to produce more products and enter new markets.  Fisheries ICTs offer cost‐effective means to discover new fishing  grounds,  monitor fish populations, track and trace catches for  export, and combat illegal fishing activities. Weather  information delivered by radio or satellite warns when to  return home. Pest management ICTs are used in pest identification, prevention, education,  knowledge sharing and eradication. Multi‐media information is  shared across the Internet; farmers and extension workers  post symptoms and  obtain advice by email, radio and phone. More information: http://ictupdate.cta.int / http://iaald.blogspot.com Poster prepared by Kevin Painting and Peter Ballantyne for the AU/UNECA ICT Exhibition, Addis Ababa, January 2010, Produced by ILRI/KMIS