e-agriculture strategies

Issue no. 73
August 2013



In this issue

This issue explores the strategies being developed in various ACP countries in the field of e-agriculture, or the use of ICTs to increase agricultural productivity and make available information relevant to agricultural research, planning, extension, production, monitoring, marketing and trade.

e-agriculture strategies:
the case of Ivory Coast

Many African countries have developed national e-governance, e-health and e-education strategies, yet many still lack an e-agriculture strategy. One exception is Ivory Coast, which has just started to develop an e-agriculture strategy.

A telecom operator in West Africa

With a presence in 18 African countries, Orange is an important telecom operator in Africa. Making its services available to small farmers is one of the company’s priorities.

An ICT-triggered rural knowledge revolution is on its way in India

An ICT-triggered rural knowledge revolution in India is helping to break down the barriers that stand between localised rural economies and globalised markets.

CARICOM’s e-agriculture strategies

The Caribbean Community is transforming its agricultural sector into a competitive and sustainable system of agricultural production and services in which ICTs will play a vital role.



'Whereas other sectors feature prominently in most ACP countries’national e-strategies, agriculture is conspicuous by its absence in these policy documents.'

Ken Lohento, CTA
Harsha Liyanage, eNovation4D Ltd



'Connecting our schools and training centres is for us a priority number one because we want to teach Vanuatu’s youth in using ICTs. As agriculture, accounting and wood carving are parts of our lives, so are ICTs.'

Jackson Miake, manager ICT,
Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Vanuatu.



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iMENTORSlaunched in April 2012 by Stockholm University and Gov2u, is a web-based platform serving as a knowledge repository for sharing and aggregating data on e-infrastructure projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Success stories on ICT/ICM in AR4D in Asia-Pacific Region
These success stories, compiled by APAARI, present different approaches, institutional collaboration, community participation, and development of need-based information services.

The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool outlines a step-by-step process to identify whether an activity, such as a project, plan or legislation, is influenced by, or vulnerable to, climate change. CCORAL creates pathways for the identification and implementation of adaptation and mitigation options.

The Smart ICT-Africa project, funded by IFAD, develops tools that can monitor plot-specific weather, water and crop-related information from satellite measurements and deliver it on-demand to relevant end users in Africa through web platforms and SMS services.

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