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    knowledge Partnerships UN launches virtual community on gender and migration UN INSTRAW s virtual community provides a space for discussion on women s participation in migratory flows and their contribution to development The Related topics regions Gender Civil society Partnerships It is early days for PPP model in India In a discussion with iGovernment IBM India s Public Sector General Manager b Puneet Gupta b shares his views on the company s offerings for the government Related topics regions Software Research E Governance Partnerships TAG CLOUD Related topics regions Development Community Radio Open source UK supports FAO programme to improve agri data access in developing countries A funding partnership with the UK is supporting the Food and Agriculture Organisation to improve availability of agricultural data to governments and farmers Related topics regions Data Agriculture Partnerships School learning to go digital in Kenya Kenya plans to put textbooks in digital format that will radically change the leaning system The government has also signed deals with technology giants like Related topics regions Partnerships Education ICTs Intel joins as knowledge partner of e Asia 2009 The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka the hosting partner of e Asia 2009 has selected Intel as its knowledge partner The technology giant has contributed immensely in Related topics regions Sri Lanka ICTs Partnerships IDS to build knowledge networks in India The UK based IDS in partnership with OneWorld South Asia organised a one day workshop in New Delhi to share its research on important development issues like Related topics regions Research Access to knowledge Partnerships Centre for Knowledge Studies launches BIL to open new Gates of hope A coalition of private and public players in India launch an initiative designed to alter the face of social welfare around the country starting with its most Related topics regions

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    developing countries 90 of the world s rice is produced and consumed in Asia Rice has been chosen as the target crop given its importance as a staple food in Asia where 90 per cent of the world s rice is produced and consumed Some 70 per cent of the world s poor live in Asia The program will be implemented in Bangladesh Cambodia India Indonesia Thailand Vietnam and the Philippines over the next three years The parties of the RIICE partnership are Allianz Reinsurance an arm of the international insurance group Germany s GIZ the International Rice Research Institute IRRI sarmap a Swiss based remote sensing company and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC Agriculture plays an important role in providing food security in developing countries Therefore it is important that governments and development organizations have maximum transparency on expected and actual crop yields so that they can make better policy decisions RIICE will help governments in Asia to mitigate risks to food security and protect farmers from the financial losses that they endure as a consequence of natural catastrophes By transferring the financial risks that small holder farmers face from natural catastrophes to the formal insurance market the budgets of small holders and governments are protected from sudden financial shocks Rather than organizing relief operations post disaster an insurance mechanism transfers the financial risk to the organized insurance sector and puts in place a system which is used to pay out the insurance benefits to the affected communities For insurers the difficult crop insurance market in emerging economies can be stabilized by using the remote sensing technology as a reliable and unbiased tool to calculate insurance premiums and evaluate the losses particularly the latter would improve the performance of crop insurance schemes substantially One of the

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    remote sensing technology A new partnership looks at using remote sensing based information and insurance for crops in emerging economies focusing on Asia s staple crop rice The Related topics regions Food Science and Technology Agriculture Food security emergency tool for Haiti victims A European Commission funded web based tool developed at FAO will help to aggregate and disseminate food security information in Haiti It presents details in Related topics

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Food (2016-02-17)
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    management is expected to help enhance the country s forest productivity in a Related topics regions Science and Technology GIS Forests Radio Erasing superstitious and fictitious beliefs Radio is a better tool for eradicating the superstitions rooted deep in the people writes Dr R Sreedher Related topics regions India IT Communications Supporting food security through remote sensing technology A new partnership looks at using remote sensing based information and insurance for crops in emerging economies focusing on Asia s staple crop rice The Related topics regions Food Science and Technology Agriculture Indonesia launches geo portal for disaster mitigation The Geospatial Information Agency Indonesia has launched an interactive map called Ina GeoPortal which aims to assist public sector organisations in their Related topics regions Development ICTs Disaster Management Sydney among global cities to have public transport on Google Maps Getting directions for public transport in Sydney has become a lot simpler with a new feature introduced in Google Maps allowing public transport commuters to Related topics regions Development Science and Technology ICTs Internet Filipinos collaborate online in flood evacuation efforts In an attempt to help people in flood affected Philippines a group of twitter users have created a Googledoc spread sheet to help first responders Related topics regions Development Wireless Technologies Innovations Free pass to Mars NASA and Microsoft have jointly launched a new website that will allow people to explore the red planet and assist scientists in producing better maps It Related topics regions Science and Technology Access to knowledge Internet Preventing spread of forest fires using satellites and phones Remote sensing clearly has a lot to offer in disaster management Satellites unique ability to monitor large areas and spot disasters combined with mobile Related topics regions Disaster Management Science and Technology ICTs Information Microsoft unveils Bing Maps Beta Microsoft Corp has launched an enhanced and more developed version of map search with better viewing and application gallery Bing s Streetside and Silverlight Related topics regions Information Science and Technology Internet EpiCollect for citizen scientists A new software developed for smart phones will allow scientist and researchers to collate and analyse data through a central web based database in real time Related topics regions Environment Information Science and Technology Research Africa on a digital ride Undersea fibre optic network Seacom will not only link Africa to the global knowledge economy but also foster infrastructure growth says b Calestous Related topics regions Connectivity Science and Technology Africa Economy NASA and others seek ways to save forests Space agencies governments and Google Inc have entered in a new partnership to save the forests in tropical countries Satellite images received via Google Related topics regions Environment Climate Change Science and Technology Information Embedded sensors in mobiles to monitor asthma A unique mobile phone prototype to check asthma has been launched by Applied Nanodetectors a UK based company Carbon nanotube and silicon based sensors Related topics regions Information Science and Technology ICTs Health Artificial trees to combat climate change Geo engineering will help decarbonise

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    services in developing countries a meeting has heard Image Credit sciDev net Flickr IRRI Images Agricultural extension services are a vital knowledge sharing resource said speakers at E Extension or ICT Transforming Scaling Agricultural Extension a side event at the Forum on Science Technology and Innovation and Sustainable Development taking place in Rio this week 12 15 June Services should be mobilised through information and communications technology ICT to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction they said The portal called eXtension is an open source online platform for communicating research and best practice in agriculture It was launched in 2008 and covers a range of topics such as forest farming invasive species and precision agriculture eXtension brings together scientists farmers and public and private sector representatives and provides electronic discussion forums and training webinars Now the Philippine e Extension Portal has taken eXtension and turned it into a mobile phone call centre which farmers can access to receive expert advice tailored to local agricultural needs Gregory Crosby of the US Department of Agriculture said it might be possible to extend the Philippine model to the rest of the region He invited other countries to use elements of the US service to build their own online services You cannot just take the US system and throw it into say Malawi he said But aspects of it taken with end user needs in mind could work in other countries he said Luis Prochnow director of the International Plant Nutrition Institute IPNI Brazil said that there is no doubt we have to follow this e extension path IPNI currently works on two mobile phone applications related to crop nutrients one will allow farmers to test crops for nutrient deficiency the other will help them with nutrient budgeting the assessment of the balance between

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    will provide farmers and entrepreneurs free and timely information on their business and farming needs Mozambique is the second country in the world to employ the SMS feature which is part of IFC s SMEToolkit Solution The SMS system involves close collaboration between the three parties involved Through its network of content providers UEM will gather information on commodity prices legislation taxation and other pertinent news for farmers and small businesses in Mozambique UEM will log the information on IFC s SMEToolkit website www pmenegocios co mz which forwards it as SMS to Vodacom and other participating mobile operators The telecom companies in turn send the SMS messages to their subscribers The SMS system provides farmers and entrepreneurs with information on prices of their products in different markets and on the weather and seed choice Farmers and small businesses can access market information on their mobile phones at no extra cost IFC will work closely with UEM and its content providers to ensure quality and accuracy of the information that will be sent to subscribers Orlando Quilambo Rector head of UEM said Launching the SMS system with a global telecom operator like Vodacom is a great achievement in the University s strategy to support businesses by providing them timely information The system will reach the most remote farmers and business persons and help improve their lives Jean Philippe Prosper IFC Director for East and Southern Africa said In many countries in Africa small scale farmers and businessmen do not have access to reliable market information which prevents them from getting full market value for their products The SMS system launched by IFC Vodacom and UEM provides timely information on market trends which will help farmers and entrepreneurs in Mozambique better price and sell their products leading to an increase in

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    America and the Caribbean due to the rapid rollout of mobile networks However the next Related topics regions Development ICTs Internet Seoul launches location based complaint app South Korea s Capital city has launched early this week a location based mobile application which allows users to register complaints regarding community Related topics regions Development ICTs Mobiles Governance ITC launches interactive mobile telephony for tobacco farmers The Indian Leaf Tobacco Development ILTD Division of ITC is exploring mobile telephony based technology tools for personalised farmer communication Related topics regions Development ICTs Internet Philippines embarks on One Map journey The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority NAMRIA of Philippines is embarking on a multiagency project that seeks to establish a web portal Related topics regions Development ICTs Cloud Computing Taiwan launches mobile app for public safety The Ministry of Interior recently launched a mobile application which not only allows users to have improved access to public safety services but also have an Related topics regions Development ICTs Technology Mobiles India s official news platform goes mobile Keeping up with the latest trends the Press Information Bureau PIB India has launched a mobile version of its official website Related topics regions Development ICTs Internet Kenya 250 000 farmers to get tips on mobile phones Approximately 250 000 small holder farmers in Kenya can now get reliable and relevant agricultural information via their mobile phones following a partnership Related topics regions SMS Agriculture Mobiles Kenya launches mobile phone fine payment system Kenya has introduced a new system that allows motorists to pay traffic fines by mobile phone It will reduce queues and congestion at courts authorities said Related topics regions ICTs Mobiles Digital The digital mobile phone comes of age The World Bank Group is increasingly working with its clients to expand the use of mobile phones as tools in development projects for data collection and Related topics regions Development ICTs Broadband Mobile has the potential to get bigger than internet The third mBillionth South Asia Award initiated by Digital Empowerment Foundation a Delhi based non profit organisation recently recognised and honoured Related topics regions Development ICTs Mobiles New Media An innovative solution for African broadcasters As TV and radio broadcast markets intensify across several liberalised African countries broadcasters need to find solutions to get more interactive with Related topics regions SMS ICTs Africa Mobiles A mobile app for the culture lovers in Hong Kong The Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong recently launched a mobile application called My Culture The app allows users to view information Related topics regions Development ICTs Culture Banking on mobile phones for scaling up health services BBC Media Action s policy briefing reveals how mobile phones could lead to sustainable and scalable business model in the healthcare segment that can reach Related topics regions India Health Mobiles Information Mobile services to benefit 7 crore Indian farmers report The mobile based services would be especially beneficial to the small and marginal farmers living on the edge of

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    of Agriculture and Life Sciences US The resulting temperature maps allow users to monitor the health and well being of their animals in a noninvasive way Peter L Ryan an associate professor in MSU s Department of Animal and Dairy Science said the technology saves time and energy for animal caretakers A simple color based scale makes it easy to detect illnesses and ailments Originally developed by the military thermal imaging technology has been used in industries such as manufacturing engineering and energy The equipment was repurposed by researchers at MSU working with the U S Department of Agriculture Ryan and other MSU researchers have found a wide variety of uses for thermal imaging instruments The tools can be used to detect sick livestock determine lameness in horses and even monitor foot health in elephants The imaging technology can also be programmed to target specific areas of an animal or to detect a certain temperature While it can be effective the technology has limitations If the sun has been shining on an area for example the thermal readings might not be consistent We re as much about trying to find out how we can use thermography as we re also

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