VERCON: Virtual Extension, Research and Communication Network

Details of the organization
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
International organizations

Information about the project
VERCON: Virtual Extension, Research and Communication Network
The Virtual Extension, Research and Communication Network (VERCON) employs the potential of Internet-based information and communication technologies (ICTs) to establish and strengthen linkages among and within the human and institutional elements of agricultural research and extension systems. The VERCON conceptual model was developed by FAO and aims to strengthen linkages by supporting communication and the creation, sharing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information between agricultural research and extension as well as other stakeholders through two interdependent, but essential components – the human and the technological. A VERCON pilot was established in Egypt, and is being scaled up to national level. Other pilots are planned for Bhutan, Costa Rica and Uganda.
National implementation:
Ongoing from to 
ARC, CAAES, CLAES, Egyptian Government, Italian Government.

WSIS information
* The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
* Information and communication infrastructure
* Access to information and knowledge
* Capacity building
* Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
* Enabling environment
* ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
* Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
* International and regional cooperation
  • Develop a global partnership for development
  • Guidelines
  • Conceptual model
The project is being considered as contributing to the objectives of the ITU Connect the World initiative? No