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Extending ICT use in agriculture in the Pacific
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Mereani Rokotibau form Fiji argues that ICTs have a strong potential to support Pacific agriculture - if the necessary capacities are extended.
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.
Bibliotecas y acceso a la información es central para Forestal
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Hablando en la Reunión RIBDA 2009 en Lima, Vanda Ferreira Dos Santos, responsable del el centro de información forestal de la FAO, reflexiona sobre el reciente Congreso Mundial Forestal donde, por vez primera, la información forestal fue una de los temas relevantes de discusión.
Stephen Rudgard, FAO
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Stephen Rudgard, FAO Chief of Knowledge Management and Capacity Development
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
Ajit Maru on the L3 Farmers Project in India
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Ajit Maru of GFAR introduces the Commonwealth of Learning -supportred 'Life long Learning for Farmers' project that started in southern india. Interviewed by Peter Ballantyne in September 2007.
Only connect? Listen to farmer needs to give them the right ICTs
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For Hilda Munuya (Knowledge Trends Ltd.) the key issue is in the notion of appropriate technology, or blend of technologies, that farmers will be able to adopt. There's a big difference between younger and older generations, in terms of literacy and exposure to ICTs. To help the farmers, it's important to listen to them and find out what they think is appropriate. Mobile phones and FM radios broadcasting in local languages are clear examples of this.
ILRI Infocentre delivers virtual services
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Grace Kamau of the ILRI Infocentre in Nairobi explains some of the changes in her role in recent years. She emphasizes the ‘one ILRI InfoCentre’ approach from two locations – in Nairobi and Addis Ababa as well as enhanced cooperation among CGIAR libraries across the world. She sees the main challenge of the future as being the demands on different CGIAR libraries to ‘operate as one.’ More on information management at ILRI. 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.

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