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Making ICTs accessible to farmers
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Telogo Onu of the Caribbean Farmers Network argues that we need to sit down together, the different stakeholders, to ensure that ICTs deliver practical solutions that people and processes can benefit from.
SARNISSA - Réseaux de Recherche en Aquaculture Durable en Afrique Sub-saharienne
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Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Olivier Mikolasek (CIRAD) introduces the experience of SARNISSA, the Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa, explaining what the project is about and how it uses new social web tools to support its goals and objectives. See more at www.iaald.org
Johannes Keizer, OEK, FAO,
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Head Editorial Board of the IAALD journal "Agricultural Information Worldwide (AIW)"
Rethinking the way we look at agricultural research
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Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Mark Holderness (GFAR) was one of the five keynote speakers in the opening session at the IAALD 2010 Congress. He stresses the need for rethinking the way we look at agricultural research and the role of agricultural information. How can these made accessible, available and relevant to the needs of farmers? In this, information professionals have a critical role.
Only Connect? Content and people are critical
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Peter Walton, agricultural information consultant from Australia, reflects on the CTA-organized session 'Only Connct' at the Japan congress. He worries that thecontent and the people are likely to be overlooked in the enthusiasm for the technologies. Interview by Pier Andrea Pirani
Extension services through mobile telephony and internet in Kenya
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Montpellier, 28 April 2010. Hedwig Nenkari from the Kenyan Ministry of Livestock Development presents a project of extension services through mobile telephony and internet. She talks about how the project is set up, how it works, what is achieving and the business model behind it.See more at www.iaald.org
ICT-KM knowledge sharing toolkit a 'nice success story'
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CIAT's Simone Staiger-Rivas introduces the knowledge sharing toolkit initially developed by the CGIAR ICT-KM Program. See http://www.kstoolkit.org Interview by Peter Ballantyne, May 2009
"Les spécialistes de l'information agricole sont des acteurs clés dans le processus d'innovation"
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Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Jean-François Giovannetti (Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes, France) is the chairman of the Programme Committee for the 2010 IAALD Congress. He introduces the themes of the events and describe how information specialists can play a key role in the much needed agricultural innovation processes.See more at www.iaald.org
Only connect? Mobile phones in rural Africa
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In her presentation to the CTA session at the Japan congress, Roxanna Sami, (IFAD) focused on the role of mobile phones and the impact they are having in rural Africa. Mobiles have an inclusive effect, both socially and economically, and really represent a great success story in Africa.She also reflects on the role of international organizations and how these should influence national government to make sure that adoption of ICTs is central in their poverty reduction strategies.
Making agricultural information accessible in Kenya
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Rachel Rege of KARI explains how the institute addresses policy, capacity, content and infrastructure challenges in Kenya. Her main challenge is to consolidate the various content streams so it can be streamed to different groups or communities. Interview by Peter Ballantyne

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