Practical Insights on Agriculture for ICT4D Projects

FarmChat: Using Chatbots to Answer Farmer Queries in India

FarmChat: Using Chatbots to Answer Farmer Queries in India

Published on: Jan 02 2019 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Speech-based conversational interfaces have several potential benefits for farmers and the ICTforAg professionals who support them: There is little requirement...
How FAO RuralInvest Software Improves Agriculture Investments

How FAO RuralInvest Software Improves Agriculture Investments

Published on: Dec 24 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Experience has shown that substantial public investments in agricultural production, transport and storage infrastructure, combined with private on-farm investment...
New USAID Insights: Digital Profiles of Smallholder Farmer Data Management

New USAID Insights: Digital Profiles of Smallholder Farmer Data Management

Published on: Dec 17 2018 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
More than 500 million smallholder farms worldwide play a significant role in food production and the genetic diversity of the food supply. Until now, it has been...
Apply Now: $1 Million Grant Funding for Agricultural Disease Surveillance Data

Apply Now: $1 Million Grant Funding for Agricultural Disease Surveillance Data

Published on: Oct 29 2018 by Wayan Vota - 12 Comments
Farmers in low-income countries struggle to protect their crops from pests and disease like the Fall Armyworm. They are unprepared and ill-equipped to respond effectively...
10 Insights After 40 Years of Digital Development Progress

10 Insights After 40 Years of Digital Development Progress

Published on: Oct 11 2018 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
I’m going to retire in 2019 after 40 years of working in the IT industry, from 1978 to 2018, and after 35 years of dedication to Food and Agriculture Organization...
Supporting Healthy Digital Platform Competition in the Georgian Agriculture Market

Supporting Healthy Digital Platform Competition in the Georgian Agriculture Market

Published on: Aug 15 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
When working in international markets, there is one golden rule to ensure sustainability: make sure your interventions do not distort markets. In small markets,...
Maps, Land, Technology and Decisions – Lessons from ICTforAg

Maps, Land, Technology and Decisions – Lessons from ICTforAg

Published on: Aug 08 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Maps, Land, Technology and Decisions – Lessons from ICTforAg
How do you approach challenges such as those found in Indonesia, a country composed of 17,000 islands made up of wetlands, rugged terrain, rural villages, and dense...
Apply Now! $500,000 for Big Data Solutions for Agriculture

Apply Now! $500,000 for Big Data Solutions for Agriculture

Published on: Aug 01 2018 by Wayan Vota - 16 Comments
Do you want to show the power of big data analytics in agriculture? Can you analyze big data to reveal new ways to reduce hunger and poverty? Are you working on...
The Reality of Farmer Data Privacy and Security in a Hyper-Digital Age

The Reality of Farmer Data Privacy and Security in a Hyper-Digital Age

Published on: Jul 30 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
It was the last straw in a tense discussion. She stood up and reached to unbutton her pants.In shock, the others around the table asked what she was doing. “You’ve...
Can Nepal and Cambodia Really Have Common Agricultural Data Standards?

Can Nepal and Cambodia Really Have Common Agricultural Data Standards?

Published on: Jul 16 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Can Nepal and Cambodia Really Have Common Agricultural Data Standards?
What does data-driven agricultural development in Nepal and Cambodia have in common? Yes, rice is a staple in both national cuisines (and experimental data shows...