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El proyecto de Biblioteca Virtual del CGIAR
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Carlos Saa, Coordinador de Sistemas de Información en la Biblioteca del CIAT, presenta el proyecto de Biblioteca Virtual del CGIAR (CGVLibrary) y porqué es importante para el CIAT. La CGVLibrary - http://vlibrary.cgiar.org/La biblioteca CIAT - www.ciat.cgiar.org/biblioteca/biblioteca_es/ interview by Peter Ballantyne
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.
Rural telecentres lack sustainability - need to address content, social appropriation and scaling up
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CTA's Koda Traoré introduces lessons from the TelecentresAfrica project of CTA. The unsustainability of rural telecentres emerges from the telecentres' lack of appropriate content, lack of diversified services, and insufficient social 'appropriation' of the telecentre services by the local communities. He also highlights the need for scaling up strategies and business models, moving beyond pilots and short-term donor funding. See also http://www.share4dev.info/telecentresInterview by Peter Ballantyne, June 2009
Making technology work for the people: The VERCON model
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Montpellier, 29 April 2010. Sophie Treinen from FAO introduces Vercon - Virtual Extension and Research Communication Network, Vercon is a conceptual model that aims, through the use of ICTs, to enhance interaction among agricultural research, extension, farmers and the other stakeholders of agriculture and rural development. The foucs of Vercon is however not technology but the interaction between technology and people. See more at www.iaald.org
Challenges to implement RAILS in Africa
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Montpellier, 26 April 2010. Dady Demby (FARA) explains the challenges he is facing in the implementation of the RAILS project in Africa. In his view, main challenges are: poor internet connectivity and stakeholders' mindset not fully tuned into mutual sharing and learning.See more at www.iaald.org
LEISA Magazine: Logros y desafíos en la documentación de experiencias agrícolas rurales
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Montpellier, 29 April 2010. In this video in Spanish, 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? Three key issues on ICTs and farmers
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According to Telojo Onu (CAFAN), 3 key points emerged in the session organized by CTA. First, the need for more than ICT adoption. Second, the need for networking, as today it is not possible to work on our own. Third, considering that ICTs are an enabling tool, we need to make sure it is needs-driven.
Moving towards e-agriculture
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Stephen Mesa from Papua New Guinea reflects on the usefulness of the Japan congress as a way to bring people together from around the workd to tackle new and emerging 'e' agendas.
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.
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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