All these organizations came together to found the e-Agriculture Community, with OEKC holding the “secretariat” like function. Many are still active today, each role evolving based on the needs and programme of the different organizations.
Why are ICT important in agriculture, and why would someone join the e-Agriculture Community?
The growth of e-Agriculture Community members REGISTERED on the platform www.e-agriculture.org and of Twitter followers.
About 80% of the registered members are in developing countries. The members cover a broad range of professions, in both the public and private sectors.
Day to day facilitation of the Community is led by a FAO staff member and an intern (introduce Andrea), with support from the Community’s “virtual volunteers”. Sushil in Nepal, Darline in Senegal, Frejus in Cameroon.
All members can contribute content. Interest of USAID/FHI360, Mercy Corps., Grameen Foundation, etc. due to focused traffic (about 10,000 visits/month, about 25,000-35,000 page views/month) and neutral domain.Twitter began mid-2008,Facebook page and LinkedIn group began mid-2010. About half of website traffic referred from social media (the other half being direct visits or search engines).
Some of the information about FAO’s use of ICT that has been promoted recently on e-Agriculture.
An example: promoting an external source publication about AGA’s work tracking livestock diseases with ICT.
An example: promoting an FAO article about an ICT4ag partnership between TECA (NRD) and the Grameen Foundation.
An example: promoting an AGS publication about ICT and the value chain, with link to the document in FAO’s CDR.
An example: Taka from TCI discusses his field work in an online discussion forum co-hosted by the World Bank.
The forum outputs and other Community activities inform EVENTS such as the annual WSIS Forum, ICTD Conference, infoDev Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship; and PUBLICATIONS such as the ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook (World Bank), the 2011 Information Economy Report (UNCTAD), RAP’s Mobile Technologies for Food Security, Agriculture, and Rural Development.
4 November: Day Zero – Let the hackathon begin!5-7 November: Main conference (with an unconventional twist)8 November: Field visit(s)Mark your calendar and help create the future of ICTs for agriculture.We look forward to welcoming you in Kigali!ICT4Ag is cohosted by CTA and the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and AnimalResources (MINAGRI). Partner organisations include Rwandan Ministry of Youth and ICT, EAFF, FAO, FARA, IFAD, FHI 360, IICD, ILRI, CGIAR, IFPRI, World Bank, infoDev, KINU, eAgriculture, AgriProFocus, IPACC, NEPAD, RTN, UBC Okanagan, UNITAR, USAID, WOUGNET, and Yam Pukri Association.
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Knowledge and Capacity for Development Branch (OEKC)
About e-Agriculture A global Community of Practice.People networking, and exchanging information, ideas and resources on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable agriculture and food security.
Growth of the Community140001200010000 8000 Twitter followers 6000 Registered 4000 2000 0 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 today
10,000 Members registered Africa 25% Government 11% Private sector 15% Asia 29% NGO/CSO 21% Europe 13% UN/international organizations 16% LAC 23% Research organizations 11% Universities 23% Near East 3% Media organizations 3% North America 7% Southwest Pacific 2% As of Jan. 2013 for all reported data. Rounding results in total >100.
Sharing and socialContent Highlights1,915 news items 648 Knowledge Base Social Media references 12,877 Twitter followers 552 forum posts 2,071 Facebook Likes 503 event listings 1,684 LinkedIn group 124 blog posts members 16 policy briefs e-Agriculture stats 11 Apr. 2013
Discussion forums & policy 5 years, 20 forums, 3 languages, over 50,000 participantsPolicy briefs used at Rio+20, GCARD 2
Daily managementCommunity Facilitation Information ManagementThe e-Agriculture Team Supported by OEKCS Staff member Drupal - an open source Intern content management Virtual volunteers system http://drupal.org/Active in English, Spanishand French. AgriDrupal - an extension for agricultural information systems http://aims.fao.org/tools/agridrupal