Sunday, August 24, 2008

Only connect? Emerging ICT options and opportunities for farmers

At the 2008 IAALD/AFITA World Congress on Agriculture Information and IT, Euforic member CTA organised a special session on 26 August. It provided an opportunity to hear firsthand from those working with ICTs with farmers in rural areas in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

In recent years technological advances coupled with falling prices in hardware have led to the appearance and increasing availability of low cost mobile computers (such as the XO “$ 100” laptop from OLPC), affordable wireless connectivity together with dozens of free or very low-cost interactive web applications that greatly facilitate the processes of creating, sharing and publishing information, while at the same time profoundly changing the dynamics of collaboration and resource sharing.

Combining insights and perspectives from around the world, this CTA special session aimed to increase awareness and stimulate discussion on the OLPF agenda, so as to develop concrete potential action lines in this area by CTA and its partners.

Read more about the session on the IAALD blog.

The session was facilitated and reported on by Euforic's Chris Addison and Pier Andrea Pirani.

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