This issue of ICT Update is completely devoted to the ICT4Ag conference being held between 4–8 November 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference hopes to be a milestone in promoting the application of ICTs in the agricultural sector with particular emphasis on inclusive value chains, enabling policies and advancing innovation.
The conference will help to address the ‘inclusive’ component of ICT4Ag, or the idea that no one will be left out. It is imperative that emerging innovations support rather than exclude stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
ICTs are powerful tools for accessing information, facilitating communication, improving decision making and improving the outreach development programmes. However, to achieve their full potential impact ICT solutions need to be integrated into daily operations.
New approaches are needed to ensure the systematic use of ICT solutions, and to create an enabling environment in which ICTs could enhance the impact of agricultural development programmes.
The conference organisers received an overwhelming number of submissions from professionals in the field of ICT4Ag. A selection from over four hundred submissions.
The conference kicks off with a Plug & Play day, which will showcase the latest technological innovations in the field of ICT4Ag. A selection from that day’s demonstrations.
A selection of presentations at plenary sessions, with titles, presenters and annotations.