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Mobilizing Capacity Development in Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers - How to bridge the digital divide?

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Mobilizing Capacity Development in Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers - How to bridge the digital divide? by Suchith Anand (GODAN)

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Mobilizing Capacity Development in Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers - How to bridge the digital divide?

  1. 1. Mobilizing Capacity Development in Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers - How to bridge the digital divide? Suchith Anand GODAN Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon Webinar 2 April 2020
  2. 2. Hunger Poverty Innovation www.godan.info
  3. 3. How can we build Capacity Development synergies to ensure Zero Hunger for all?
  4. 4. Bridging the Digital divide in Agriculture through capacity development Issues that prevent the adoption and use of ICT’s and contribute to digital divide • Low levels of Literacy • Poverty • Lack of electricity • Affordability • Language • Local content • Network coverage
  5. 5. http://www.godan.info/documents/godan-success-stories-issue-1 There are several dimensions to digital divide that need to be addressed: Smallholders provide up to 80 percent of the food supply in Asian and sub-Saharan Africa. So how to improve the skills and training necessary for farmers to make use of the digital technologies to increase their incomes ? How to strengthen the capacity to access and reuse of data, especially in countries with very low literacy levels and limited access and knowledge of digital technologies? How to foster a culture of innovation, especially in the development of local content? Women make up between 43-50 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries in Eastern and Southeastern Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. How can more ICT opportunities be provided for women in developing countries?
  6. 6. Key challenges • Lack of awareness, lack of resources, lack of trust and transparency, lack of institutional support and expertise • Digital Feudalism Need to reduce it • Digital divide and power asymmetries
  7. 7. Potential Solutions • Engagement of different stakeholders to an open dialogue. • Exploring best practices, platforms and sustainability options and develop proposals for training programs (both blended and distance learning) for widening the societal impact of agricultural research • Need for multidisciplinary inputs as well as local practices into the curriculum development process. • The training programs , platforms and tools used should be focussed on reducing digital divides so that researchers and farmers in developing countries can also benefit. • Need for developing Ethical frameworks, codes of conduct.
  8. 8. Get involved! Join us and contribute to GODAN’s Capacity Development efforts worldwide We welcome your ideas and contributions Capacity Development Working Group https://www.godan.info/working-groups/capacity-development-working-group Data Rights and Responsible Data Working Group https://www.godan.info/working-groups/data-rights-and-responsible-data- working-group-0 Sub-group on codes of conduct https://www.godan.info/working-groups/sub-group-data-codes-conduct

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