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Only connect? Emerging ICT options and opportunities for farmers

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Presentation by Kevin Painting (CTA) at the World Conference on Agricultural Information and IT - Atsugi, August 2008

Presentation by Kevin Painting (CTA) at the World Conference on Agricultural Information and IT - Atsugi, August 2008

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  • 1. Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Sharing Knowledge Improving Rural Livelihoods Only Connect? Emerging ICT Options and Opportunities for Farmers Kevin Painting , CTA Tuesday 26 August 2008
  • 2. OLPF – one laptop per farmer
    • Concept
      • … recognises that the host of technological and infrastructural developments is creating an environment in which devices like the XO laptop and mobile devices can flourish
      • What role can low cost devices play in boosting communication and information exchange?
      • Feb 2008 issue of ICT Update on “WiFi”
        • Improving connectivity at the village level
  • 3. WiFi
  • 4. The changing environment
    • Improved wireless connectivity
      • Wifi, WiMAX, Bluetooth
        • Connectivity to each other, not just the internet!
    • Falling hardware costs
      • Low cost, cheap, portables (e.g. XO laptop, Asus EEE)
    • Proliferation of mobile phones
    • Cloud computing & Web 2.0
  • 5. What is possible ?
    • … with infrequent, poor or no Internet connectivity ?
    • How can wireless devices work together to boost communication and information exchange?
    • What are the opportunities for agricultural extension?