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ICT in agriculture : connecting smallholders to knowledge, networks, and institutions (English)

Information and communication have always mattered in agriculture. Ever since people have grown crops, raised livestock, and caught fish, they have sought information from one another. Agriculture is facing new and severe challenges in its own right. With rising food prices that have pushed over forty million people into poverty since 2010, more effective interventions are essential in agriculture. Understanding and addressing global agriculture developments—both advantageous and not—are critical to improving smallholder livelihoods, in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can play a major role. Each module in this Sourcebook discusses the key challenges, enablers, and lessons related to using ICT in a specific subsector of agriculture. These are derived from a range of experiences, and summarize the knowledge gained during pilot projects and wider initiatives. While different in type of intervention and approach, a string of themes emerges from the modules. These themes—namely, the why and how of using ICT in agricultural development—demonstrate the great potential of ICT and help to clarify the way forward. To facilitate learning, the Sourcebook is split into this introductory module plus fourteen modules focusing on specific aspects of the agricultural sector in relation to ICT. At the beginning of each module, an, In this Module box briefly describes the content in the module, including the overview, Topic Notes, and innovative practice summaries. The innovative practice summaries are bulleted underneath the description of the Topic Note, and can be viewed directly by clicking on the title. Many of the tools, examples, and projects discussed also include links to websites and other useful resources

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  • Document Date

    2017/06/27

  • Document Type

    Publication

  • Report Number

    117319

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    World,

  • Region

    The World Region,

  • Disclosure Date

    2017/07/10

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    ICT in agriculture : connecting smallholders to knowledge, networks, and institutions

  • Keywords

    public sector information;United States Department of Agriculture;information and communication technology;agency for international development;global navigation satellite system;national spatial data infrastructure;Land Administration and Management;rural area;investment in agricultural research;public access to land;Food and Nutrition Security;maternal and child nutrition;cultural practice;global positioning system;community information center;access to ict;public service provision;farmer organization;rural financial service;participatory forest management;increasing citizen participation;finance and risk;open source solution;Rule of Law;money transfer service;access to telecommunication;privileges and immunity;food price fluctuation;per capita income;conditional cash transfer;open source software;early warning system;food and agricultural;real estate marketing;impact on farmer;electronic toll collection;bovine spongiform encephalopathy;demand for food;private sector actors;subscriber identification module;information on price;packet radio service;universal service fund;geographical information system;Enterprise Resource Planning;risk management instrument;global supply chain;personal identification number;personal digital assistant;agricultural market access;world food programme;word of mouth;blocks of forest;flow of good;incentives for investment;food security challenge;normalize difference vegetation;business support program;tools for farmer;living standard survey;

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ICT in agriculture : connecting smallholders to knowledge, networks, and institutions (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/522141499680975973/ICT-in-agriculture-connecting-smallholders-to-knowledge-networks-and-institutions