C7. E-agriculture: Mainstreaming ICT in the Agricultural Sector


Paving the way to a national e-agriculture strategy

How ICT4Ag will address the SDG challenges:

This session will examine the contribution of e-agriculture to address the Sustainable Development Goals’ challenges. It will provide examples of approaches and include some of the factors affecting the free flow of information, the development of applications, ownership and inclusiveness, as well as the government policies to encourage solutions.

Speakers / panellists
  • Sophie Treinen, FAO, e-agriculture Action Line Facilitator and Chairperson
  • Hani Eskandar, ITU, Development of a National e-agriculture strategy guide
  • Ken Lohento, CTA, Open Data
  • David Soutar, SlashRoots Foundation, Application Development
  • François Laureys, IICD, Farmer-centric Data for Agriculture 
  • Mireille N’simire, IITA, Mobile Finance for Agriculture
  • Julien Gonnet, RONGEAD, N’Kalo: an information service for improved agro-value chains
Session's link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture
Session's link to the Sustainable Development Process

2.3 By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.

2.a Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productivity capacity in developing countries, in particular in least developed countries.

9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.

9.c Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020.

12.8 By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.

17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.

WSIS Forum 2015 | Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development
25–29 May 2015, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland