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Only connect? Using community pay-phones in rural Zambia

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Dion Jerling of Connect Africa believes that combining social entrepreneurship with the adoption of the latest technologies from the mobile network market and satellite connections will provide farmers and rural communities with access to the information they need.

Setting up an agricultural information system in Papua New Guinea

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Peter Walton, agricultural information consultant from Australia, looks back on his work on agricultural information in Papua New Guinea. Committed people on the ground are one of the keys. Just identifying agricultural information resources that are available is a major challenge. Developing a vison of what needed to be done, over svera years, was also critical. Interview by Pier Andrea Pirani

Making ICTs accessible to farmers

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Telogo Onu of the Caribbean Farmers Network argues that we need to sit down together, the different stakeholders, to ensure that ICTs deliver practical solutions that people and processes can benefit from.

Only Connect? Content and people are critical

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Peter Walton, agricultural information consultant from Australia, reflects on the CTA-organized session 'Only Connct' at the Japan congress. He worries that thecontent and the people are likely to be overlooked in the enthusiasm for the technologies. Interview by Pier Andrea Pirani

e-Agriculture panelists to examine ICTs in the rural domain

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The e-agriculture panel at the Japan Congress will examine ways that people and institutions are embracing ICTs to move content and share knowledge in the rural domain. FAO's Stephen Rudgard moderates the session.

Introducing Agrifeeds to aggregate agricultural information

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Gauri Salokhe introduces the new aggregation service at www.agrifeeds.org

CIARD will make research information truly accessible

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Stephen Rudgard of FAO introduces the CIARD initiative, that aims to make public domain information resources in agricultural research "truly available." See more on the initiative at www.ciard.net

Making information and ICTs truly accessible

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Chris Addison reflects on the 'Atsugi question' - how to make information and ICTs truly accessible. On the accessibility of information, he is particularly excited by te potentials of web 2.0 approaches and services. On ICT accessibility, he notes that we need to focus on the fundamentals - low cost infrastructure, and reliable and affordable power, for example. Interview by Peter Ballantyne

Socializing technology

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FAO's Stephen Rudgard reflects on the ICT adoption session at the Japan Congress, moving people from accepting technology as a way of accessing information into a way to actively exchange information.

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