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Making ICT Work for the Rural Poor

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Presentation by Michael Riggs of FAO, 17 May 2012, in the Bangladesh country session at the WSIS Forum 2012.

The session was sponsored by Katalyst Bangladesh.

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Making ICT Work for the Rural Poor

  1. 1. Michael RiggsKnowledge and Capacity for DevelopmentOffice of Knowledge Exchange Research and Extension
  2. 2. Development Disasters - 1
  3. 3. Development Disasters - 2
  4. 4. Mobile Technology Mobile phones are the success story of bridging the rural digital divide, bringing tangible economic benefits and acting as agents of social mobilization through improved communication.
  5. 5. Agricultural Value ChainsICTs play an important role in agricultural value chains. However, many rural farmers still do not have access to or the capacity to use ICT. Individual expense prioritization often does not rank agricultural information highly.
  6. 6. Gender, Agriculture and ICT Women play an important role in agriculture, comprising 43% of agricultural labor globally. Yet they have less access toagricultural information, extension services, and ICTs. Close gender gap, increase farm yields 20-30%. Statistics from FAO SOFA 2010-11
  7. 7. Female farmer produce less
  8. 8. They are not less efficient……they use fewer inputs.
  9. 9. ChallengesWorking for the Poor Agricultural Information Services  Relevance  Affordability  Mobile network  Agricultural information  Accessibility: visual content Prioritize Gender Issues  Strategic focus on women
  10. 10. Thank you Michael Riggs michael.riggs@fao.org @mongkolroek www.fao.org @e_agriculture www.e-agriculture.org

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