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    farm incomes of small and marginal farmers in India through improved extension services The International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI in partnership with the e Extension Centre of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University TNAU recently launched the Advancing Agricultural Practice portal for the ICICI Knowledge Park IKP Centre for Advancement in Agricultural Practice ICAAP in Chennai The portal has been designed to respond to the information needs of local knowledge intermediaries such as research scientists extension professionals farmers associations NGO staff and agricultural entrepreneurs The portal provides information that will benefit both small and marginal farmers directly through improved extension services and indirectly through the improved use of information by intermediary organisations It aims to improve agricultural productivity and farm income for smallholder farmers across India through improvements in agricultural practice The portal is gateway for knowledge and best practices from the CGIAR a global research partnership for a food secure future other international agricultural research centers and national agricultural research institutes At present the portal provides data on rice pulses black gram gram and green gram sugarcane banana and coconut in the delta region of Tamil Nadu Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts Data on major commodities such as wheat cotton groundnut tapioca turmeric mango and maize on fodder crops and on animal husbandry topics such as cattle buffalo goat sheep and poultry farming as well as tribal agriculture will also be made available next year The portal features success stories and case studies highlighting farmers best practices and experiences that can be emulated by other farmers The information provided will help farmers to adopt best practices so they can increase their yields and incomes and improve their livelihoods explained Kwadwo Asenso Okyere director of IFPRI s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office C V Krishnan president of the Institute of Financial

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/one-stop-source-of-information-for-farmers-in-india/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    no Internet access do not receive radio or television signals and frequently lack even basic electricity Methods must be both easy to use and affordable and they must allow communities to identify their own information needs and share the wealth of indigenous knowledge they possess Radio is widely used as the main communication medium for poor regions and has long reached many grassroots groups in Africa But in most of the continent it is subject to restrictive regulation and it falls short as a channel for sharing knowledge on demand because of the transient nature of broadcasts In the developed world podcasts simple digital files are becoming a widely used alternative for distributing audio and video content particularly on the Internet Podcasting is readily applied to sharing knowledge and is particularly suited to communities with low levels of literacy The technology builds on the advantages that can be offered by information and communication technologies that they are readily available accept local voices and languages are easy to use and can be located in communities Podcasting has yet to take off in most of the developing world because of poor communications and electricity infrastructure But a pilot project in Zimbabwe run by the development charity Practical Action shows that it can work for poor farmers despite these barriers Podcasting pillars The rural district of Mbire is home to small agricultural communities It has no electricity land line telephones or mobile phone infrastructure And its few roads are unpaved and frequently washed away by floods leaving large areas inaccessible for weeks or months at a time Information on crop and livestock production and management has traditionally been compiled by government agencies and disseminated by agricultural extension officers by word of mouth or through brochures and posters which many cannot read Local communities had no opportunity to input into process or give feedback Practical Action aimed to address these issues with podcasts noting that successful podcasting regardless of the setting is driven by three critical components people content and technology First we sought to involve all stakeholders in identifying content to meet local agricultural production and management needs Government extension officers worked with local authorities community representatives and other development workers over six months to produce edit and package 32 podcasts The podcasts are in local languages recorded by members of local communities To capture listeners attention they use different formats including dialogue Then we selected a number of MP3 players to play the podcasts They are powered by batteries so the lack of mains electricity in the district is not a problem and cost US 100 a set When charged the batteries last more than 40 hours which allows up to 2 800 local people to listen to the podcasts over two weeks The players are housed in mobile knowledge libraries that anyone can access Each is issued with two sets of rechargeable batteries that a local partner replaces at least once a fortnight Agricultural advances This pilot project has certainly had

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/podcasts-a-community-knowledge-sharing-tool/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    built around the needs of its people Photo credit Flickr CIAT Neil Palmer br There has been a tendency to focus on applying international models of agricultural development without questioning their applicability to local circumstances says the Technology and Innovation Report 2010 Enhancing Food Security in Africa through Science Technology and Innovation released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD When the new African Agricultural Revolution is eventually implemented it is likely to be built on Africa s own indigenous technology and knowledge requirements and the nutrition and food security needs of its people says the report Asia s Green Revolution swept across the continent in the 1960s leading to high yielding grain varieties but Africa is yet to see the same and all eyes are focused on how to bring about a similar advance in Africa Some agricultural research and technology can be imported and adapted some developed from scratch and still some brought in by cooperation between developing countries with assistance from third country donors But the challenge is to find promote and disseminate innovation relevant to African agriculture Our understanding of how new ideas knowledge and technologies are introduced into agricultural practice remains incomplete the report said You can take different types of technology medium low and high tech and different mixes of technology but adapted to Africa s different conditions different ecology zones and crops said Michael Lim an economist in UNCTAD s technology and logistics division but added that this is quite challenging UNCTAD recommends strengthening the innovation systems a wide range of interconnecting issues from providing financial incentives and ensuring technology transfer to promoting education for agriculture in each country in Africa This means enhancing links between knowledge research institutes to make sure any innovation they come up with is diffused to

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/africa-indigenous-tech-approach-to-aid-green-revolution/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    in Ethiopia such as farmers and researchers came together in Addis Ababa to discuss a farmers market information system FMIS This system will include a text message information service for farmers in Ethiopia s Oromia province Purpose of the workshops was to identify the needs of several actors in the agriculture field such as farmers farmers unions agricultural experts and traders and suppliers of cultivation products The meeting also allowed the agriculture workers to classify their requirements on the features of the farmers market information system The system will be built by Ethiopian mobile technology company Apposit LLC with the support of Connect4Change consortium members IICD Texttochange and ICCO and Dutch ICT company 1Zero The Farmers Market Information System will function as a database with a mobile component giving its users all the information they seek in different user interfaces adjusted to their needs Field visits in local farmers market organisations indicated that more than 50 per cent of the farmers in the Oromia Region make use of mobile phones and value this use in their daily life Through the FMIS the farmers will be able to receive information on market prices for their products the weather forecast or availability of fertilisers with a simple text message In addition to this they will be provided with solar mobile chargers to facilitate them as at the moment every time they need to charge their phones they are forced to visit the nearest village on a market day and pay an amount of money to have it charged Farmers market organisations and unions will use the Farmers Market Information System to aggregate data from individual farmers about what and how many products they grow With these data they will be able to analyse and monitor the production of agricultural goods in their

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/digital-solutions-bring-hope-to-farmers-in-ethiopia/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    awareness about the benefits of consuming organic products that are healthy chemical free and nutritious and focusing on the ecological impact of agricultural practices They also invite people to buy products at Fruits of the Earth Ecological Fairs EcoFairs in the areas of Cusco Áncash and Cajamarca These fairs function as a point of sale where local organic farmers can sell their products The young Peruvian organic ambassadors are also present at the fairs to provide the public with even more information about organic farming and ecologically sound agricultural practices They are equipped with laptops digital cameras and recorders as well as printers mobile phones and routers for wireless internet to make sure that they collect and disseminate information wherever they go Increasing market access to over 500 ecological producers The ambassadors all come from organic farmers families that are associated with the National Association of Ecological Producers in Peru The underlying goal of this initiative is to improve the income and increase the access to the market for over 500 families of ecological producers by informing the public on the advantages of organic and ecologically sound agricultural products so that they buy products from the EcoFair This project is

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/peruvians-use-social-media-to-promote-agro-ecological-production/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications Technology According to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Akinwunmi Adesina mobile phones will carry features such as information on climatic conditions market prices of farm products extension workers and how the farmers can access agricultural funds He explained that this would be rolled into the second phase of the Growth Enhancement Support GES scheme The scheme is a Federal Government s initiative aimed at subsidising the cost of major agricultural inputs such as fertiliser and seeds Under the initiative the direct procurement and distribution of farm inputs to farmers is discontinued and supplies are expected to be done through an electronic distribution channel known as the e wallet The conditions of the e wallet scheme stipulate that a farmer registered under the scheme is expected to pay 50 per cent of the cost of farm inputs while the federal and state governments would pay 25 per cent each Adesina said By that the farmers can get information on planting seasons We cannot do that by newspapers We need to have something they can relate with in local languages The President of the Rockefeller Foundation Dr Judith

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    Spotlight News Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Kenya Kieni farmers get Sh2 mn Internet centre 17 December 2012 KieniI farmers have benefited from a Sh2 million information centre where farmers can get the latest farming and marketing information Opening the centre yesterday in Narumoru Kieni East DO Deborah Mwarania said farmers will benefit since they will now have access to latest information on soil fertility modern farming techniques climate change pests and emerging crop diseases and how to control them She said the centre is one of a kind in the country and challenged local farmers to make good use of the facility Project Manager Charles Kahunja said the centre would be run by two ICT officers who will assist farmers in their queries and find solutions from relevant sources He said the centre has capacity to serve 1 000 farmers The centre is connected to an internet application by M farm Company that gives updated prices of most farm commodities Farmers can get this information from the internet or via SMS at a subsidised rate of Sh1 from their

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    South Asia Info ActionAid mobile phone project in Kenya wins 2012 innovation award 13 July 2012 ActionAid s pilot communication project with infoasaid in drought affected Isiolo in Kenya has won this year s Innovation award at the 2012 Technology4Good Awards The project uses basic mobile phones SMS network technology and simple community notice boards to give local people vital information on food and livestock prices and food distributions so people can boost their household income and stay informed of humanitarian activities in their communities The network developed with FrontlineSMS and Freedom Fone is also used to collect important data from the field which enables ActionAid to respond quicker to needs on the ground The project has established effective two way communications between local communities and ActionAid rather than the conventional top down approach of most NGO projects working in areas affected by disasters said Airlie Taylor Information Officer at ActionAid International Through this project communities can get the information they urgently need and they can also communicate with aid workers on a much more equal footing The Innovation award which was sponsored by Microsoft and CTT honours organisations or individuals that use existing technology in innovative and effective ways

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