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Only connect? Practical solutions from the Caribbean
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Telojo Onu (CAFAN) explores the issue e-agriculture and ICTs. In her perspective, it is important to clearly define what the “E” stands for. For her, “E” first of all stands for ‘enable’, and ICTs are just tools that help people deliver different types of processes. Further, she presents the experience of CAFAN in the Agritalk project, where the farmer association has partnered with phone operators and other service providers to come up with communication solutions that work for the users.
Only connect? Using community pay-phones in rural Zambia
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Dion Jerling of Connect Africa believes that combining social entrepreneurship with the adoption of the latest technologies from the mobile network market and satellite connections will provide farmers and rural communities with access to the information they need.
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
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.
Introducing Agrifeeds to aggregate agricultural information
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Gauri Salokhe introduces the new aggregation service at www.agrifeeds.org
Making technology work for the people: The VERCON model
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Montpellier, 29 April 2010. Sophie Treinen from FAO introduces Vercon - Virtual Extension and Research Communication Network, Vercon is a conceptual model that aims, through the use of ICTs, to enhance interaction among agricultural research, extension, farmers and the other stakeholders of agriculture and rural development. The foucs of Vercon is however not technology but the interaction between technology and people. See more at www.iaald.org
Peter Ballantyne on IAALD as a dynamic learning community
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15th May 2011: Speaking to incoming IAALD President Edith Hesse, former IAALD President Peter Ballantyne explains what he likes about IAALD.
Opening access to CGIAR knowledge
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Speaking at the RIBDA 2009 meeting in Lima, CIAT's Edith Hesse explains why open access is important to the CGIAR, and some concrete steps that can be taken to ensure that research outputs are available and accessible.
New IAALD president sketches out plans for the coming year
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Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Barbara Hutchinson from the University of Arizona is elected IAALD president for 2010-2011. In this videos, she briefly introduces some of the ideas and services she plans to for on during her mandate.See more at www.iaald.org

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