Realizing the profound potential of information and communication technologies in developing country agriculture, the Agriculture and Rural Development Department (ARD) of the World Bank in collaboration with infoDev (part of the World Bank Group) embarked in an effort to explore and capture the expanding knowledge and use of ICT tools in agrarian livelihoods. In November 2011, the World Bank released an electronic Sourcebook (e-Sourcebook) to initiate further (and better) investment in this sector. Called “ICT in Agriculture”, the e-Sourcebook provides practitioners within and outside of the World Bank Group with lessons learned, guiding principles, and hundreds of examples and case studies on applying information and communication technologies in poor agriculture.
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e-Agriculture is a global Community of Practice, where people from all over the world exchange information, ideas, and resources related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable agriculture and rural development.
ICT Update is a bimonthly printed bulletin, a web magazine, and an accompanying email newsletter and mobile website.
UNDP Working Paper, Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere and Daniel Ayalew Mekonnen (2012)
The purpose of ARDYIS is to raise youth awareness and capacity on agricultural and rural development issues in ACP countries through ICTs. More specifically, it will strengthen the capacities of the youth on ICTs for development issues, particularly in the agricultural and rural sector and contribute to sensitizing youth on the questions related to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries. It is a framework for actions that will contribute to the promotion of opportunities for youth in ACP countries in the sectors of agriculture, rural development and information and communication technology.
Farmer Voice Radio (FVR) represents a new, sustainable, model of agricultural extension that links extension officers, and farmers, with radio and other information and communication technologies to enhance farmer productivity and prosperity.
This paper focuses on how ICT solutions can empower agricultural producers by improving their marketing capabilities, with an emphasis on smallholder farmers. ICT solutions can increase efficiencies and improve competitive dynamics in agriculture, which can raise agricultural productivity and incomes, and increases food security. While we understand that smallholder farmers face many constraints in terms of productivity and market access that may need to be addressed before tackling marketing, any increasing number of farmers and farmer groups are trying to market better. This paper is meant to help practitioners figure out if, and if so, when, ICT might be useful to those ends.
The ICT and AG community website has been set up for use by anyone interested in the topic, including USAID and other government agency partners, USAID implementing partners, private sector service providers, and other agriculture and ICT practitioners.
A toolkit for practitioners
A toolkit for Practitioners
Access Agriculture is a global platform that hosts quality farmer training videos made by companies and development organisations. Access Agriculture promotes and facilitates the translation, dissemination and use of these training videos. Upon demand, Access Agriculture translates videos into local languages by mobilising a network of over 200 young extension professionals. Video and audio files in over 50 languages are freely downloadable by anyone who registers (for free).
TECA is an interactive web-based platform for the sharing and exchange of sustainable technologies and practices in various formats (text, photo, video) for small agricultural producers. TECA users also include professionals from rural extension and advisory services, NGOs, research organizations, universities, producer organizations and the private sector. Downloading of information is free of charge, providing feedback and engaging in discussions only requires registration.