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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
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.
Using RSS feeds amongst agricultural information specialists in Southern Africa
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Montpellier, 29 April 2010. Sanjay Sembhoo (AREU) explains how he's been explaining and introducing RSS feeds to agricultural information specialists. He also tells us what SADC is doing to encourage access and dissemination of information in the regions though the use of RSS feeds. Finally, he concludes on penetration and adoption.See more at www.iaald.org
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
Jaron Porciello on developments at the TEEAL Project
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Speaking at the recent IAALD Africa conference, TEEAL Project Director Jaron Porciello explains the new pricing policy for TEEAL. The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library - TEEAL - is a full-text digital library of 149 agricultural journals made available at low cost to universities, agricultural research organizations and government ministries in eligible low-income countries. She also outlines a CTA-supported initiative to make TEEAL available to institutions in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
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.
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.
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
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
Ajit Maru comments on ICM at GFAR
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Ajit Maru of GFAR explains some of the results of its Information and Communications Management (ICM) activities.See www.egfar.org

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