The ICT4Ag conference held in Rwanda in November 2013 was unique in that it brought together a highly representative body of delegates from the ICT and agricultural sectors. Its success will be measured by the action taken by delegates after the conference based on a clear list of action points for the community.
CTA sent a knowledge management team to the conference to report on the sessions. Here are three articles on gender, broadband and finance based on the team's summaries.
– Capitalising on demand
The session on ‘ICTs/mobile apps for access to financial services and insurance’ identified a number of lessons that will help improve the development of mobile financial services in ACP countries in the future.
– Changing perceptions
The session on ‘Capacity development, gender and ICTs in agriculture’ showed how communities benefit from giving women equal access to ICTs and stressed that all stakeholders, including men and the larger family unit, have to be involved in initiatives to improve women’s access to ICTs.
– Taking risk out of local hands
The session on ‘Broadband’ examined innovative ways of reducing the costs of connectivity and improving access to internet and other ICT services in remote rural areas. Examples include the universal service funds in countries such as Pakistan and Nigeria.
Nawsheen Hosenally kicks off a new regular feature called Young voices by describing the experiences of the young on-site and online teams responsible for social reporting at the 2013 ICT4ag conference in Rwanda.
The conference kicked off with a Plug & Play day. A selection from that day’s demonstrations and other submissions. mFisheries, GeoLive, CropLife, DARAL, and many more...
The conference organisers received an overwhelming number of submissions from professionals in the field of ICT4Ag. A selection from over four hundred submissions.