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Vikas Nath on ICTs and Agriculture at WITFOR 2007
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Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Dan Cherubin on professional networking among agricultural libraries
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Dan Cherubin at Rabobank reflects on the value of professional networking with other agricultural information specialists. He also comments on some of the differences between the USAIN and SLA/FAN worlds. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Knowledge sharing in agricultural research - let strategy follow actions
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Simone Staiger-Rivas of the CGIAR advises research organizations thinking about knowledge sharing "not to start with a strategy." She suggests instead to start small with different projects and experiments. She concludes that we need to adopt the basic methods of research - to learn, to think about, to experiment, have trials, then scale up - "that's exactly what we should do in knowledge sharing." Interview by Peter Ballantyne, May 2009
Making agricultural information accessible in Kenya
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Rachel Rege of KARI explains how the institute addresses policy, capacity, content and infrastructure challenges in Kenya. Her main challenge is to consolidate the various content streams so it can be streamed to different groups or communities. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
LEISA Magazine: Achievements and challenges in documenting rural agricultural experiences
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Montpellier, 29 April 2010. Jorge Chevez Tafur (ILEIA) presents the LISA magazine, it's objectives, achievenements and lessons learned in capturing and documenting experiences of small and sustainable agriculture.See more at www.iaald.org
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
Only connect? Practical solutions from the Caribbean
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Telojo Onu (CAFAN) explores the issue e-agriculture and ICTs. In her perspective, it is important to clearly define what the “E” stands for. For her, “E” first of all stands for ‘enable’, and ICTs are just tools that help people deliver different types of processes. Further, she presents the experience of CAFAN in the Agritalk project, where the farmer association has partnered with phone operators and other service providers to come up with communication solutions that work for the users.
Only connect? Listen to farmer needs to give them the right ICTs
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For Hilda Munuya (Knowledge Trends Ltd.) the key issue is in the notion of appropriate technology, or blend of technologies, that farmers will be able to adopt. There's a big difference between younger and older generations, in terms of literacy and exposure to ICTs. To help the farmers, it's important to listen to them and find out what they think is appropriate. Mobile phones and FM radios broadcasting in local languages are clear examples of this.
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.
Ajit Maru on ICM at GFAR
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Ajit Maru of GFAR introduces the Information and Communications Management (ICM) for Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) ICM4ARD) Global Partnership Project.See www.egfar.org Interview by Peter Ballantyne

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