Practical Insights on ICT4Ag

3 Barriers to Using Sensors to Improve ICTforAg

3 Barriers to Using Sensors to Improve ICTforAg

Published on: Sep 14 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 3 Barriers to Using Sensors to Improve ICTforAg
As mentioned in Sabeen Dhanani’s initial post in this series, How Can Sensor Technologies and Precision Farming Improve Agriculture?, technology is the easiest...
How Can Sensor Technologies and Precision Farming Improve Agriculture?

How Can Sensor Technologies and Precision Farming Improve Agriculture?

Published on: Sep 07 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on How Can Sensor Technologies and Precision Farming Improve Agriculture?
The use of precise, granular data collected via remote and ground sensors has tremendous potential to improve agriculture outcomes. In the industrialized world...
Big Data Needs to be Open Data

Big Data Needs to be Open Data

Published on: Aug 15 2016 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
  Big data. We hear about it regularly, but for someone who is a bit of a techno-slug, who moves at a slow pace of adoption, I wonder sometimes just where all this...
How Smallholder Farmers Can Bank From the Farm With Digital Financial Services

How Smallholder Farmers Can Bank From the Farm With Digital Financial Services

Published on: Aug 08 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on How Smallholder Farmers Can Bank From the Farm With Digital Financial Services
Pioneered by mobile payment companies like Kenya’s M-PESA, digital financial services (DFS) offer banks and other financial providers the ultimate promise to...
4 Secrets to ICTforAg Social and Behavior Change Communication

4 Secrets to ICTforAg Social and Behavior Change Communication

Published on: Jul 25 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 4 Secrets to ICTforAg Social and Behavior Change Communication
Most ICTforAg projects have specific behavior change goals. For example, the goal may be for farmers to change their practices to improve soil quality. Or for farmers...
Congratulations to Bhutan! Now a Global ICTforAg Leader

Congratulations to Bhutan! Now a Global ICTforAg Leader

Published on: Jul 18 2016 by Josh Woodard - 1 Comment
With the recent publication of its e-RNR (renewable natural resources) masterplan, the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan has joined an exclusive club of only a handful...
9 Data Sets to Improve Your ICTforAg Programs

9 Data Sets to Improve Your ICTforAg Programs

Published on: Jul 11 2016 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
At the recent ICTforAg Conference, the “What Works for Ag Data: Apps, Tools, and Visualizations” session brought together three digital development professionals...
We Need to Close the ICTforAg Partnership Gap

We Need to Close the ICTforAg Partnership Gap

Published on: Jun 20 2016 by Kristen Roggemann - Comments Off on We Need to Close the ICTforAg Partnership Gap
There was one panel discussion that really stuck in my mind from the recent ICT4Ag conference, and in particular one speaker: Chris Burns from USAID during the...
User-Generated Content: Critical Yet Missing From ICT4D

User-Generated Content: Critical Yet Missing From ICT4D

Published on: Jun 08 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on User-Generated Content: Critical Yet Missing From ICT4D
Today, user-generated content dominates the first world’s online experience. User-generated content (UGC) can inform (Wikipedia), respond (Quora), recommend (Yelp),...
7 Reasons Why Farmers Do Not Use Market Price SMS Text Messages

7 Reasons Why Farmers Do Not Use Market Price SMS Text Messages

Published on: Jun 05 2016 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
On Friday, we had the startling realization that fishermen do not use mobile phones to compare market prices of fish. Besides cultural and legal limitations to...