ICTs and Sustainable Agricultural Development

Organised by: Oxfam GB

Oxfam GB, the International Sustainability Unit (HRH the Prince of Wales), and the GSMA, have commissioned a landscaping survey to identify opportunities to use their collective force to enable mobile interventions that will deliver on the potential of mobile technology to empower female and male smallholders and contribute to the development of a more vibrant and sustainable food system. Experiences from this project will act as the basis for deliberation on ICTs and sustainable agricultural development in the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era. The session aims at identifying opportunities that enable mobile interventions for sustainable agricultural development. To be shared: experiences from WeFarm on peer to peer knowledge sharing (agro practices); the use of tablet applications by the IDS Knowledge Services to aggregate agricultural research and agricultural data indicators for use by policy makers; and the experiences from MINAGRI, Rwanda, in building a strong force of proximity extension agents who work directly with the farmer groups to assist them to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce post-harvest losses.

Nov 7, 10:30 - 12:00
Room: Ruhondo
Stream: Innovations émergentes

Sessions Chair

Chair of the session is Alvaro Valverde Lopez
Private Sector Advisor, Oxfam GB

Is currently working for Oxfam GB; developing innovative, insightful and strategic projects and programs that use mobile phones to deliver information and financial services to smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia. Also providing support to Oxfam's existing relationships with private enterprises and researching, establishing and managing new partnerships with private sector companies across the ICT, agriculture and finance sectors.

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