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    who run dairies in this country said Martin a third generation dairy operator This is not a factory farm We are a family who cares about their animals and I want to show that Their critics are already Web savvy Martin and other dairy operators say groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have used the Internet s power to portray dairy farmers as cruel greedy and corporate PETA has posted videos on its Web site showing animals being neglected on a Pennsylvania dairy These new tools have become a way for the individual farmer to get their story out to the public Cindy Zimmerman who co owns a Missouri based new media company with her husband Chuck said much of what s driving farmers to use Twitter Facebook and even YouTube is the fact that many consumers still don t understand the role farming plays in the economy and the challenges farmers face including weather pests and low prices These new tools have become a way for the individual farmer to get their story out to the public Zimmerman said And for some this has become a way to connect with people that they never would have been able to do before Although it may be too early to tell if Twittering farmers are changing public opinion the effort to use social media is certainly blossoming University of California cooperative extension specialist Matthew Fidelibus uses both Twitter and Facebook to share his research on grapes with farmers State budget cuts have made it tougher for some UC farm advisers to reach growers through field meetings or personal visits to farms To reach more farmers Fidelibus has posted Twitter updates on how to deal with a recurring problem of powdery mildew a fungal disease common among vineyards

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    existing agricultural extension systems By building on existing social linkages and using technology Digital Green seeks to amplify the impact of agriculture extension workers who help farmers become more productive Digital Green records live demonstrations of agricultural practices by experts transmits them to a large database and distributes them on DVDs to local organizations for dissemination among small and marginal farmers Digital Green uses low cost and portable technology viz

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    a sound business venture Vikram Singh There are many gaps in the traditional supply chain Due to the lack of cold storage facilities farmers do not get right price for their produce in the traditional supply chain Around 20 to30 per cent of the apples produced get wasted due this flawed supply chain SJS has created the infrastructure which would not just address such efficiencies but also taken farmers on board for making decisions which are in the interest of the apple growers The six procurement centres which are run by the farmer led companies are serving as basic platforms of this chain which is both operated and managed in partnership with the farmers OneWorld South Asia How is the apple project using ICT as a tool for benefitting the apple farmers Singh An efficient information flow is required at the farm level to communicate with the farmers for providing them with timely inputs regarding the kind of varieties which are in demand and the general market conditions Apple being a perishable community timely procurement storage pre cooling and transportation is required These services cannot be accomplished without the help of a proper ICT system With the help of experts a forecast plan is prepared for every season which is communicated to the apple growers with the use of devices like the mobile phones OneWorld South Asia How is this forecast plan prepared and in what way is the relevant information disseminated to the farmers Singh The collection centres which are jointly run by the farmers go to the orchards and accumulate the primary data according to the number of trees and other such inputs The data collected at the level of these collection centres is then uploaded on the website which is accessible to experts in centralized office at

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    Related topics regions India South Asia Agriculture ICT Now a mobile app for incentivising use of clean cookstoves in India Approximately three billion people depend on traditional cook stoves for their cooking needs globally Related topics regions South Asia Energy ICT ICT key to reforms in Sri Lanka Finance Ministry The ICT literacy rate in Sri Lanka has surpassed 35 in 2012 from 8 in 2005 the Finance Ministry Annual Report said Related topics regions Sri Lanka South Asia ICT Chinese scientists develop cheap e notebook for the blind According to the World Health Organisation WHO there are around 39 million blind people in the world Related topics regions Information China ICT Web accessibility Good for society good for business An accessible website is often the easiest way to do business with people with disabilities for example those who find it difficult to get to a physical Related topics regions Web Internet Disability ICT Mobile and web apps tackle sanitation challenges According to the World Bank one in three people do not have access to toilet facilities Related topics regions ICT Digital Examining eHealth in Africa African eHealth initiatives are leading the way towards higher standards of living and health on the Continent With eLearning Africa 2013 set to subject Related topics regions Health ICT Africa Digital Emerging Voices in ICT and Agriculture This booklet published by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation CTA African Caribbean and Pacific ACP European Union EU Related topics regions Information Agriculture ICT Egypt to host first ITU Smart Water event An upcoming ITU workshop on ICT as an enabler for smart water management will be held in Luxor Egypt on 14 15 April 2013 Related topics regions Water ITU IT ICT Nemmadi Rural telecentre project in Karnataka Nemmadi telecentre project is a public private partnership model that has contributed immensely to enhance the delivery of all e governance services in the Related topics regions South Asia Telecentre India ICT By itself ICT is not a magic wand Shashi Tharoor At a ministerial session at the South Asia Ministerial Forum all ministers from South Asian countries agreed that it takes effective policies to effectively Related topics regions South Asia ICTs India ICT Cell phones can speed up malaria treatment study Mobile phones along with local knowledge and field support can help to ensure the effective diagnosis and treatment of malaria in remote rural areas Related topics regions Bangladesh Health South Asia UN Broadband Commission sets new gender target Women s access to ICTs and particularly broadband must be made a key pillar of the post 2015 global development agenda said Dr Hamadoun I Touré ITU Related topics regions Communications ICT IT Digital Indian PM reviews National e Governance Plan The Indian Prime Minister s Committee desired that a National e Governance Academy should be established as a national institution Related topics regions India Internet Governance South Asia Mid day meal authority in an Indian state bags ICT award Through this award UNICEF recognizes

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    never had any idea about getting information with the phone Rutagumirwa said It was a mystery Now our mind is wide open Africa has the fastest growing mobile phone market worldwide Entrepreneurs and development organisations are eagerly seizing the opportunity presented by such growth The penetration of the mobile phone is far greater than that of the Internet in Africa especially in rural areas They are creating mobile phone applications for profitable and nonprofit ventures across the continent Millions of Africans for example now use their mobile phones to transfer money turn on water wells learn soccer game scores and buy and sell goods The penetration of the mobile phone is far greater than that of the Internet in Africa especially in rural areas making it the most accessible communication tool said Jon Gossier founder and president of Appfrica a technology company with headquarters in Uganda The recent completion of the first of several planned undersea cables connecting East Africa to broadband Internet has raised hopes that high speed Web access will increase here But Gossier said he expected mobile phone messaging applications would be needed for several more years The development of useful local Web content will lag after falling Internet prices which will quite likely take longer than a year he said I don t think the development being done now for mobile phones is going to stop Gossier said but I think we ll see a whole new generation of applications coming out of Africa including mobile applications that utilise the Web Tracking banana disease and educating farmers on how to protect their plantations is among several mobile phone applications being piloted in Uganda by the Grameen Foundation a non governmental agency that aims to reduce poverty through microfinancing and new technology Grameen partnered with Uganda s largest mobile network operator MTN to create AppLab Uganda an initiative to explore ways to use mobile technologies to improve people s lives said the program director Eric Cantor People already have phones in their pocket already need information and some organisations already that provide information Cantor said We re accelerating those connections Building applications for agriculture seemed logical in a country that is predominately rural and reliant on small farms he said Rutagumirwa is among several leaders in rural communities who were trained by Grameen to survey and educate neighbouring farmers about the proper methods to contain banana disease In recent years the wide spread of two diseases has decimated banana crops in East Africa threatening the food security and livelihood for an estimated 30 million farmers according to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture In Uganda alone bananas cover about 40 of the country s farmable land and are a staple food for more than 12 million people Losses from banana disease are estimated to be 70 million to 200 million each year Using mobile phones to connect the most remote farmers with scientists in Kampala vastly improves surveillance and the possibility of preventing its devastation In neighbouring

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    Internet Africa Digital Low internet penetration questions achievement of MDGs in Angola Angola in comparison to other countries in southern Africa has continued lower levels of internet access Related topics regions Africa India IT Smart Rwanda to power ICT for transformation Smart Rwanda aims at looking at all innovative ways ICT can drive to achieve socio economic transformation agenda of our country Related topics regions Africa Digital Low internet penetration questions achievement of MDGs in Angola Angola in comparison to other countries in southern Africa has continued lower levels of internet access Related topics regions Information Africa Internet TV drama on AIDS entertains and educates Kenyan television drama for AIDS awareness Shuga co produced by UNICEF and MTV hopes to spur meaningful dialogue among young people on preventing HIV Related topics regions Communications Africa Health Tanzania Rural ICT a boon for farmers The proposed plan to connect rural areas with low cost communication will spur economic growth at both household and national levels Related topics regions ICTs Africa Tanzania Social media boosts constitutional review Nearly one million Tanzanians have so far given their views on the desired contents of the envisaged Constitution Related topics regions Social Media Africa Technology Internet Ghana Govt distributes laptops in Central Volta regions Students and educational institutions in Ghana s Central region have received free laptops from government Related topics regions Technology Education Africa 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 Mobile phones helping combat crop diseases Grameen Foundation in partnership with Uganda s largest telecom operator is educating farmers on the methods to contain plantation diseases and improving Related topics regions Agriculture ICTs Africa Connectivity Mobile application to track transactions launched in Kenya A mobile application that enables one to account for their mobile money transfer transactions has been launched in Kenya Related topics regions ICTs Africa IT East Africa Regional varsities not plugged in ICT to be exposed An international research company has embarked on the process of ranking universities and other institutions of higher learning in East Africa on the use of Related topics regions Education Africa IT ICTs ITU Academy launched to strengthen capacity development in ICT At a global ICT forum in South Africa the International Telecommunication Union ITU advocated promotion of migration from analogue to digital broadcasting Related topics regions Technology ICTs Africa Digital Medical students get Ipads for research in Rwanda These gadgets are being donated to enhance education and information sharing between the medical students and lecturers Related topics regions Research Africa IT Digital Embrace the digital age ICT minister urges Ugandans Uganda s minister for Information and Communication Technologies Ruhakana Rugunda wants Ugandans to go digital by fully adopting paperless communication in Related topics regions Environment Technology ICTs Africa New study maps mobile tech use among Kenya s poorest The study also says that 16 per

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    people and three organisations that have been involved in the CTA youth project called ARDYIS Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society In addition to portraying authors and highlighting their perspectives on youth involvement in agriculture using information and communication technologies ICTs the document presents summaries of best essays submitted for the contest Youth finding solutions to challenges in agriculture and rural development using ICTs organised in 2010 Youth aged from 18 to 25 years old were invited to submit entries in four categories The first category asked them to present two agricultural challenges and discuss how ICTs could be used to address them the second category explored how ICTs could be used for effective advocacy and lobbying to promote agriculture the third category targeted the use of ICTs to improve access to markets and the last category allowed them to tell the story of a young person living in a rural area who has used ICT successfully or in an innovative way even if the experience was not a success for his or her work The summaries of essays published here are grouped into three sections based on the initial four categories In brief the submissions received demonstrated that many young people are ready to strengthen their involvement in agriculture and are using ICTs such as mobile phones and computers to do so According to CTA agriculture in African Caribbean and Pacific ACP countries faces many challenges While youth unemployment is critical in most countries many young people perceive agriculture as an unattractive career option It is therefore evident that a well supported agricultural sector strengthened by the use of new information technologies would be an effective strategy Agriculture has to become more attractive viable and offer the youth improved opportunities for income It is this that

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/emerging-voices-in-ict-and-agriculture/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    Change Agriculture and Food Security CCAFS Image credits Flickr Mark Abel Farmers in South Asia could benefit from the newly launched knowledge platform It will provide opportunities for scientists policy planners civil society and farmers in South Asia to collaborate and share expertise This platform is designed to facilitate the science policy people interface in South Asia and to work as a clearing house for climate smart agricultural practices said Pramod Aggarwal CCAFS regional programme leader for South Asia The initiative will include annual meetings of policymakers academics and farmers in South Asian countries and quarterly e newsletters to help strengthen farmers resilience and encourage efficient consumption of resources such as energy and water Examples of climate smart initiatives include providing weather data to farmers via mobile phones index based insurance schemes development of salt and drought tolerant rice varieties and rainwater harvesting We have to ensure that knowledge flows two ways top down and bottom up Dhrupad Choudhury coordinator of the International Fund for Agriculture Development at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Nepal informed Last year Choudhury conducted research in villages across the Himalayas and found low levels of communication between communities on adaptive responses to climate change limited access to even local level decision makers and insufficient flow of technical knowledge He added that CGIAR s research expertise for example of stress tolerant seeds is needed at the community level Just launching a central platform is not enough if it doesn t reach communities it won t be beneficial said Krishna Lamsal Programme Officer at Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development a Nepal based non governmental organisation He proposed disseminating information in the local language Other options could include non written forms of communication and boosting interactions between similar existing grassroots networks according to

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