The session aims to validate the strategic approaches now apparent in the use of ICT in agricultural development. It will start with a presentation on the importance of "open agricultural knowledge for development", and describe the current global advocacy to stimulate changes in policy and concerted action in relation to the use of ICT in the sharing of data, information and knowledge. The leveraging of global and regional high-level bodies and initiatives such as CIARD for action at national levels will be explored, together with how to engage different stakeholder groups. The session will continue with a facilitated chat-show panel with audience participation to share experience and learning around ICT-based approaches leveraging open agricultural knowledge. The panel will comprise regional and global experts from Kenya and Uganda. The session will reach valuable conclusions on the changes to policies and processes required, if any, for leveraging the use of ICT in agricultural development globally.
The CIARD movement promotes openness and integration of knowledge for wider uptake and use in support of agricultural development. CIARD harnesses and reflects growing international interest in opening agricultural knowledge among all actors in food security and rural development, and a wide range of actors at global, regional and national levels have contributed to CIARD’s achievements since its inception in 2008.Representatives of some of more than 400 partner organisations agreed at a Global Consultation in April 2013 on a significant shift focus to support smallholder agriculture, and this proposal consists of several elements that will present CIARD and demonstrate its value in supporting “Opening agricultural knowledge”.Principal presentation by FAO/GFAR/CTA/CGIAR on “CIARD – a Global Movement on Opening Agricultural Knowledge” focusing on the following:
Senior Programme Coordinator, Knowledge Management, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
ICTs have emerged as one of the promising areas in agricultural extension to reach large number of farmers. This type of extension system brings with it incredible opportunities and potentials of empowerment for farming communities. Therefore for ICT based engagement processes to take place, various factors have to be taken into consideration. These may include the Policy environment both at national and institutional levels. Engagement process also involve various actors. Institutional frameworks have to be in place to support these processes to occur. Additional factors to examine include the infrastructure, i.e telecommunications, the roads, electricity, transport sector and the markets. The knowledge and skills level as well as ICT ownership and usage. This paper will be discussed in the context of Integrated Soil fertility management –ISFM.
Janet Cox Achora
PhD Candidate - Agricultural and Rural Innovations, Makerere University – Kampala
Ministry of Agriculture has began an ambitious e-extension project for enhanced agricultural productivity and food security whose overall goal is to achieve enhanced agricultural productivity and food security by improving extension service delivery through adoption of e extension in the Ministry’s extension services. To this end the Ministry has developed a comprehensive e-extension curriculum and training manual to guide e-extension training of frontline extension workers. The use of web 24Dev tools has been included in the e-extension training curricular as a way of promoting e-agriculture by adopting cheap, accessible and effective tools to facilitate creation, sharing and transmission of agricultural information content and technology across the value chain. As part of the training package, the trainees are given a shock proof laptop, a smart phone and a data modem. the initial bunch of 50 trainees are expected to train their 600 collegues in the counties. eventually a total of 1500 training kits will be given to to the trainees. This is expected to lead to the enhancement of agricultural and rural development through improved information and communication processes both at the national and county levels.To achieve this the Ministry of Agriculture through its division AIRC partnered with Moi University with the support of CTA to train 25 trainers to undertake backstopping of the training in the Counties.
Stephen Kibet Rono
Information management and dissemination, Agricultural information Resource Centre