ICT4Ag: setting the scene

Issue no. 74
October 2013



In this issue

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.

Emerging innovations in ICTs

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.

Capacity strengthening

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.

Creating an enabling environment

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.

ICT4Ag: Selected submissions

The conference organisers received an overwhelming number of submissions from professionals in the field of ICT4Ag. A selection from over four hundred submissions.

ICT4Ag: Plug & Play

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.

ICT4Ag: Presentations at plenary sessions

A selection of presentations at plenary sessions, with titles, presenters and annotations.




Michael Hailu, director of CTA

'CTA is using the ICT4Ag conference to showcase how ICTs are truly empowering agricultural producers, processors, traders and other actors in the value chain. Indeed, ICTs are a springboard to opportunities, giving a voice to the voiceless and leaving no smallholder behind. Our conference will explore the exciting possibilities and rapid developments taking place in this field.'



IMobile money revolution
By Lee Babcock, managing director of the mobile strategy unit at ACDI/VOCA, an economic development organization based in Washington, DC in the United States.

Women’s access to ICTs
By Dorothy Okello, senior lecturer with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

Broadband strategies
By Eric White, managing associate and lead economist at Integra LLC, a Washington DC based international development firm specialising in ICT policy and applications.