A major focus of the ICT4Ag conference is to stimulate thinking about how ICT can be used to support agriculture. However, many agricultural areas lack access to connectivity, in particular broadband Internet, which enables ICT use. In a series of two panels, Integra/Orange, together with a broad range of experts, will focus on how to bring connectivity to rural areas and ensure its benefits for agricultural development. The first panel focuses on business and technology solutions, and the second on policy solutions, particularly the alignment of agricultural and ICT policies.
Policies to Promote Rural Connectivity and Agricultural Development: Effective strategies view ICT as a function of availability, awareness, affordability, and attractiveness. This second panel focuses on policy-making to address ICTs in agricultural development. How can policy support the business models described above? How can ICT strategies integrate with agriculture policy? The panel is expected to touch on each of the areas mentioned above.
I lead Integra LLC's Development Analytics practice and serve as a manager and consultant in the firm’s work on Agriculture and on ICT for Development.