WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

I remember one time I was asked to walk 10 kilometers away from home to find a local buyer to sell our marakuja and papaya fruit so that my parents could pay my school fees. This buyer in turn walked 10 kilometers to sell the fruit in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. There were no mobile phones … More WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

Adding more value to agro sector with new ICT tool

Anil Regmi was one of the six finalists of GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Argripreneur Project. As one of the YAPpers, he received an intensive training helping her strengthen the business plan proposal presented with measurable milestones. Anil was also able to better engage in social media campaigning activities to ensure his project gained support. In addition, he has now … More Adding more value to agro sector with new ICT tool

Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

In part I of a three-part series, Farmerline look at the many challenges that confront Ghana’s agriculture sector. Ghana is faced with a harsh reality: a decline in agricultural productivity continues to threaten the economic development of the country. Inadequate finances, climate change, poor pricing and marketing incentives, inadequate agricultural extension agents, pest and diseases and … More Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

Mobile Phones: Helping field extension officers transform Ghana’s agricultural sector

“One of the largest challenges traditionally experienced by Ghana’s smallholder farmers has been a lack of transparent information especially with the challenges that extension farmers go through,” says Schandorf Adu Bright, Director of Farmer Services at Farmerline, a Partner in GFAR. … More Mobile Phones: Helping field extension officers transform Ghana’s agricultural sector

Opening Agricultural Data: Going Beyond Access

I recently participated in the GODAN Summit. What really struck me was that every speaker at the summit, especially those who spoke at the plenaries, recognised that “Open Data” is much more than opening access to data. They all stressed that it is about managing data from generation to effective use, about equity in its … More Opening Agricultural Data: Going Beyond Access

The importance of open and equitable access to agricultural data

Open and equitable access to data and information is a vital and tremendously powerful instrument for change. Yet despite tremendous potential value, open access to data is not without risks. Data and associated information and communication technologies by their nature tend to favour those who hold them, or can most readily access and make use … More The importance of open and equitable access to agricultural data

The experience of rural life: A wisdom pot for the modern world

Growing up on the farm, in the rural area, provides a unique life experience. You learn many life skills and lessons. It can be exciting but there are times that it can be challenging as well. I live in Kumasi, Ghana and I work with a social enterprise that serves the needs of smallholder farmers … More The experience of rural life: A wisdom pot for the modern world

Social Media and Agricultural Extension in the Caribbean

The world over people, communities, industries and sectors are looking to social media tools as the basis for communication. As the medium allows the user to freely generate and share content of their making, the social media phenomenon is now the norm. The trend has impacted upon the Caribbean as well especially amongst young people. … More Social Media and Agricultural Extension in the Caribbean

International Consultation on ICTs in ARD: Day 1

Day-1 (December 08, 2009) 9:00 hrs to 17:30 hrs;  followed by brief discussions at the dinner table as well. The session began as a plenary. Dr. Balaji set the scene. He spelt out the theme, the points for discussion and a clear focus on the outcome and outputs. Dr. Ajit Maru, through his slide presentation, … More International Consultation on ICTs in ARD: Day 1

International Consultation on ICTs in ARD: Marketplace

December 07 18:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs: The delegates, about 60 drawn from 27 countries and 8 international organizations, after a brief registration process, assembled at the “Market Place”, where poster, prototypes and various other multi-media tools were displayed. Casual introductions and free exchange of knowledge and information followed. It was a lively interaction among … More International Consultation on ICTs in ARD: Marketplace

International Consultation on Agricultural Research for Development and Innovation: Addressing emerging challenges and exploiting opportunities through Information and Communication Technologies, 7-11 December, Hyderabad, India,

Press release “Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has immense potential in empowering farming communities, and it should be put to greater use by the agricultural research and extension institutions. Unfortunately, till now ICT is not given the due importance it deserves, and this has to be corrected to achieve more positive results,” said Dr. Dave … More International Consultation on Agricultural Research for Development and Innovation: Addressing emerging challenges and exploiting opportunities through Information and Communication Technologies, 7-11 December, Hyderabad, India,