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  • There is much greater details on these Key Topic issues available on the www.e-agriculture.org platform
  • e-Agriculture

    1. 1. The e-Agriculture Community:<br />Sharing Innovative Experiences and Knowledge About the Use of ICT for Rural Development<br />www.e-agriculture.org<br />Gerard Sylvester<br />Knowledge and Information Management Officer<br />Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations<br />
    2. 2. World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)<br />WSIS Plan of Action – November 2005 – Tunis<br />Action Line (C.7/21): ICT Applications: e-agriculture<br />FAO was assigned lead responsibility for facilitating follow up on e-agriculture (Feb. 2006)<br />
    3. 3. About e-Agriculture<br />e-Agriculture is an emerging field focusing on the enhancement of agricultural and rural development through improved information and communication processes<br />e-Agriculture involves the conceptualization, design, development, evaluation and application of innovative ways to use information and communication technologies (ICT) in the rural domain, with a primary focus on agriculture<br />
    4. 4. The e-Agriculture Community of Practice<br />An international initiative that aims to reinforce the value of global dialogue and cooperation to address emerging issues around the role of ICT as an instrument of sustainable agricultural and rural development.<br />The e-Agriculture Community of Practice is active on three levels:<br /><ul><li>Virtually using a web-based platform (www.e-agriculture.org)
    5. 5. Face-to-face meetings and events
    6. 6. In-country interventions through partners</li></li></ul><li>The e-Agriculture Community of Practice<br />The Community includes:<br /><ul><li> policy makers
    7. 7. rural service providers
    8. 8. development practitioners
    9. 9. farmers
    10. 10. NGO and CSO staff
    11. 11. researchers
    12. 12. information and communication specialists </li></ul>in agriculture and rural development.<br />Over 7,000 members, from more than 150 countries<br />
    13. 13. The e-Agriculture Community of Practice<br />Community members interact with each other and contribute a range of resources in the form of case studies, good practices and lessons learned, documents, publications, links, learning resources, news and events information.<br />Online Discussion Forums have included:<br />The Role of Public Private Partnerships in e-Agriculture in Asia<br />Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas (in English & Spanish)<br />The Role of ICTs in Agricultural Value Chains (in English & Spanish)<br />Gender, ICTs and Rural Livelihoods<br />
    14. 14. KEY TOPICS<br />Important issues identified by the community:1. Mobile telephony in rural development2. Public-private partnerships<br />
    15. 15. KEY TOPICS<br />Mobile telephony in rural development<br /><ul><li>overcomes the distance between individuals/institutions, facilitating information and knowledge sharing
    16. 16. strengthens social networks and empowers individuals empowered  </li></ul>“Mobile telephony is being used to provide information to the farmers ... through SMS and multimedia-supported systems .... through public, private as well as NGO sector initiatives.” <br />Dr. Sapna A. Narula, TERI University,India<br />
    17. 17. KEY TOPICS<br />Public-private partnerships in rural development<br /><ul><li>occur at community level providing information and advisory services addressing the needs of producers
    18. 18. public sector mandates for provision of information and services are enhanced through local context in a commercial environment added by the private sector </li></li></ul><li> The e-Agriculture Community<br />Your community for learning and<br />sharing information about <br />ICT in rural development.<br />Thank you!<br />