Practical Insights on Agriculture for ICT4D Projects

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What is e-Agriculture Strategy?

An e-Agriculture strategy is using innovative digital technology solutions like precision agriculture, drones, big data, predictive analytics, and blockchain to improve social and economic outcomes for smallholder farmers.

e-Agriculture programs aim to increase food security by helping smallholder farmers improve modern ICT4Ag farming methods and access to markets. Agricultural ICT4D strategies encompass the full agricultural value chain and includes adjacent technologies like digital financial services and geographic information systems.

Communication in Agriculture

Smallholder farmers have limited knowledge, services, and technologies available to them. They typically need support to adopt modern farming methodologies.

Agriculture technology solutions focus on extension services for farmers to adopt new technologies and innovation. ICTs can amplify the efforts of the extension agents to help farmers plan what crops to grow, source inputs for crop cultivation, and selling their produce in local market.

Chatbots offer an exciting opportunity for governments to engage farmers on the social media platforms where farmers already congregate. For example:

  • Facebook chatbots are a popular way to answer basic questions or help farmers apply for government support services.
  • SMS text message chatbots can also help private sector companies develop new business leads and educate extension agents on their services.

ICT communication tools can play a crucial role in supporting farmers to access new inputs, credit, and markets with personalized and customized services.

Examples of e-Agriculture Programs

The potential to achieve high impact at the farm-level requires appropriate technology and adoption methodologies. International development organizations can use e-Agriculture communication programs like those below to support ICTforAg value chain ecosystems in developing countries.

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Published on: Aug 15 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
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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
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Apply Now! $500,000 for Big Data Solutions for Agriculture

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Published on: Aug 01 2018 by Wayan Vota - 16 Comments
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The Reality of Farmer Data Privacy and Security in a Hyper-Digital Age

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Published on: Jul 30 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
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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?
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Digital Solution Trends from Fall Armyworm Tech Prize Finalists

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Published on: Jul 09 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Digital Solution Trends from Fall Armyworm Tech Prize Finalists
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Surprising Challenges To Our Assumptions About Agriculture

Surprising Challenges To Our Assumptions About Agriculture

Published on: Jul 04 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Surprising Challenges To Our Assumptions About Agriculture
After growing up in two of Kenya’s biggest cities, Kisumu and Nairobi, JP Murunga graduated with a degree in statistics from Kenya’s leading university –...
ICTforAg Case Study: Success with Electronic Vouchers for Farmers in Mozambique

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Published on: Jun 11 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
In Mozambique, approximately 4 million farm units are responsible for around 95% of national agricultural production, cultivating an average of 1.5 hectares/family. ...
There Are No Data Unicorns in Agriculture

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Published on: Jun 07 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
At a recent gathering in Houston, I spoke with a guy who told me his company is looking for a data unicorn. The term encapsulates what an ideal data scientist is:...