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James Nguo on the Arid Lands Information Network
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James Nguo explains how young people play a critical role in supporting the dissemination and generation of agricultural information in East Africa.The secret of success in the ALIN approach is to gain the trust of grassroots communities with whom ALIN works. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Rethinking the way we look at agricultural research
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Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Mark Holderness (GFAR) was one of the five keynote speakers in the opening session at the IAALD 2010 Congress. He stresses the need for rethinking the way we look at agricultural research and the role of agricultural information. How can these made accessible, available and relevant to the needs of farmers? In this, information professionals have a critical role.
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.
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
Medios Sociales y RedagroChile
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Hablando en la RIBDA 2009 en Lima, Rodrigo Donoso explica como los medios sociales como Twitter son usados por RedagroChile.
Welcome to the 12th IAALD Congress (in Japanese)
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Tokyo, August 2008. Takashi Nagatsuka introduces the Japan 2008 Congress in Japanese.See more at http://iaald.blogspot.com Interview by Pier Andrea Pirani
Only connect? Mobile phones in rural Africa
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In her presentation to the CTA session at the Japan congress, Roxanna Sami, (IFAD) focused on the role of mobile phones and the impact they are having in rural Africa. Mobiles have an inclusive effect, both socially and economically, and really represent a great success story in Africa.She also reflects on the role of international organizations and how these should influence national government to make sure that adoption of ICTs is central in their poverty reduction strategies.
Peter Young on Global Collaboration
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Peter Young, Director of the National Agricultural Library. Speaking at USAIN, Wooster, April 2008. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
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
CIARD workshop on information systems architecture
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Montpellier, 26 April 2010. In the context of the CIARD Marketplace, Hugo Besemer facilitated the workshop on information system architecture. He talks about the common approaches and challenges that emerged. See more at www.iaald.org

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