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Introduction

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Improved availability and access to new ICTs-especially personal computers, the internet and mobile telephones—in the last two decades have provided a much wider choice in collection, storage, processing, transmission and presentation of information in multiple formats. Some of these applications such as tele-centres, web-portals, knowledge platforms call centres, mobile phones, community radio, video, digital photography, GIS, e-mail, audio and video conferencing have the potential of getting across vast amounts of information to rural population in a more timely, comprehensive, cost-effective and interactive manner.

ICTs can also enhance knowledge processes and support knowledge workers (information intermediaries/extension and advisory service providers) to have ready access to organised information. It can also help promote better communication and interaction with fellow practitioners and also enhance interaction needed for collective knowledge creation. The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) would like to engage more actively in this area of using ICTs for strengthening extension and advisory provision (ICTs for EAS) and has constituted working group to further elaborate how GFRAS would move forward. 

Activities

Activities

ICT4D Conference March 2017 in Hyderabad, India

icon pdf Social Media for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services; Presentation by Saravanan Raj (pdf 4.8 MB)

Social Media for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services 

A side event at the GFRAS Annual Meeting 2015 in Kyrgyzstan

icon pdf Social Media in Action (pdf, 5.1 MB)

ICT4Ag conference in November 2013 in Kigali, Uganda

icon pdf Putting the horse in front of the cart. A presentation about ICT design strategy, Andrea Bohn

icon pdf Extension & GFRAS Saravanan Raj (pdf 1.7MB)
icon pdf Information and Communication Technologies for Agriculture Maximo Torero (pdf 7MB)
icon pdf ICTs for Agricultural Extension Saravanan Raj (pdf 2.2MB)
icon pdf Revisiting Extension with the ChangingArchitecture of ICTs  Benjamin Addom (pdf 1MB)

Members

ICT4RAS Working Group

Lead: Saravanan Raj, India

GFRAS has 15 registered members

Search criteria

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Organisation
Country
alisha pvt ltd
Australia
Farming & Technology for Africa
Madagascar
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
Netherlands
NIDA
Uganda
USDA NIFA
United States
DOKODAN FARMERS COOPERATIVE
Liberia
AUB_ESDU
Lebanon
INTA
Costa Rica
Intrahealth
Tajikistan
Trotro Tractor Limited
Ghana
National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research
Nigeria
REDE BARTÔ
Brazil
Lebanese University
Lebanon
National Institute of Agricultural Extension management (MANAGE)
India
RDA Korea
Korea, Republic Of

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ICT Experts

This list shows ICT experts from the GFRAS Roster of Experts.

 

GFRAS has 67 registered members

Search criteria

Name
Organisation
Expertise
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Nigeria
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate change
  • Farmer organisations
  • Food security
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • NGOs
  • Nutrition
  • Public sector extension
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
CENRADERU-FOFIFA
Madagascar
  • Food security
  • ICTs
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Nutrition
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
Media4Agri
India
  • Curriculum development
  • Farmer organisations
  • ICTs
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
USAID Agricultural Extension Project
Bangladesh
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate change
  • Farmer organisations
  • Food security
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • NGOs
  • Public sector extension
  • Research-extension linkages
University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamapaign
United States
  • Capacity Building
  • Curriculum development
  • Food security
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Public sector extension
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
University of Illinois AgReach
United States
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate change
  • Continuing education
  • Curriculum development
  • Farmer organisations
  • Food security
  • Human resource development
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • NGOs
  • Nutrition
  • Policy
  • Public sector extension
  • Reform
  • Research-extension linkages
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine/ University of Guelph, Ontario
(Not Specified)
  • Capacity Building
  • Curriculum development
  • Food security
  • Human resource development
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Public sector extension
  • Reform
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
Grameen Foundation
Uganda
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate change
  • Continuing education
  • Farmer organisations
  • Food security
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • NGOs
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, Hyderabad
India
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Reform
South Africa
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate change
  • Curriculum development
  • Farmer organisations
  • Food security
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Policy
  • Public sector extension
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer