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ACTION LINE C7: ICT APPLICATIONS, E-AGRICULTURE

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  C7: E-agriculture in the Geneva Plan of Action

  C7: E-agriculture proposed moderator/facilitator: FAO; co-facilitator: ITU

  C7: E-agriculture contact information: Focal Point Mr. Michael Riggs (FAO)

C7: E-Agriculture Community of Practice: www.e-agriculture.org
 

 

 

 Eighth Facilitation Meeting, Geneva, 14 May 2013

The Eighth facilitation meeting on action line C7 e-agriculture was organized by FAO/CTA on 14 May 2013 in Geneva at: ITU Headquarters, Room A, 09h00 - 10h45. The meeting was open to all WSIS stakeholders.

 

 Seventh Facilitation Meeting, Geneva, 16 May 2012

The Seventh facilitation meeting on action line C7 e-agriculture was organized by FAO on 16 May 2012 in Geneva at: ILO Conference Centre, Room II, 11h00 - 12h45. The meeting was open to all WSIS stakeholders.

 

 Sixth Facilitation Meeting, Geneva, 18 May 2011

The Sixth facilitation meeting on action line C7 e-agriculture was organized by FAO, UNCTAD and ITC on 18 May 2011 in Geneva at: ILO Conference Centre, Room IX, 16h30 - 18h00. The meeting was open to all WSIS stakeholders.

 

 Fifth Facilitation Meeting, Geneva, 10 May 2010

The Fifth facilitation meeting on action line C7 e-business was held jointly with action line C7 e-agriculture was organized by FAO, UNCTAD and ITC on 10 May 2010 in Geneva at: ITU Headquarters, Room K, 14h30 - 16h00. The meeting was open to all WSIS stakeholders.

 

 Fourth Facilitation Meeting, Geneva, 20 May 2009

The fourth facilitation meeting on action line C7 e-business was organized by FAO on 20 May 2009 in Geneva at: ITU Headquarters, Room B2, 16h00- 17h30. The meeting was open to all WSIS stakeholders.

 

E-Agriculture Community of Practice

Overall Aim

The e-Agriculture Community of Practice (the Community) was officially launched as a global initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by enhancing the use of ICT in the sector. The overall aim of the Community is to enable members to exchange knowledge related to e-agriculture, and to ensure that the knowledge created is effectively shared and used worldwide.

Objectives

The e-Agriculture Community of Practice was launched in partnership with the e-Agriculture Working Group in 2007. It provides an international framework to facilitate the processes of capturing, managing, and disseminating the lessons learned through national and regional activities, as well as the results and implications of multilateral processes related to the use of ICT in agriculture and rural development. The e-Agriculture Community also provides the basis for the international community to monitor development and validation of conceptual models and methodologies, and to package and disseminate them once tested. Through its collective activities some additional outputs of the Community include: the development and strengthening of innovative mechanisms and processes for information exchange and communication, including normative guidelines and tools being formulated, tested and disseminated to address the range of demands and capabilities of different Community members; empowering networks for exchange of new mechanisms and processes among key stakeholders; relevant content in digital format being developed, filtered, mobilized and exchanged by community members; and other activities based on active partnerships and collaborative lesson-learning.

The Community and related activities

The e-Agriculture community has over 6,000 registered individual members. This membership encompasses development practitioners, policymakers, representatives of farmer organizations, researchers, and information and communication specialists involved in agriculture and rural development, from more than 150 countries. The Community activities comprise three components: a web-based multilingual [1] space for knowledge sharing and collaboration on a neutral domain (www.e-agriculture.org); face-to-face events; and in-country interventions.

Over this past year, e-Agriculture Community members from around the world participated in activities such as online forum discussions (virtual meetings), international and regional meetings, and free online capacity building opportunities (through the IMARK[2] partnership). Participation from both the private sector and non-UN organizations was also secured.

Future Plans

It is envisioned that the e-Agriculture Community will grow in 2010 by building upon the current successful knowledge sharing functions, and developing an interconnected series of pilot interventions, models of action and means for assessment, based on inputs from the e-Agriculture Community. Lessons learned from the national and regional components can be captured and disseminated through the e-Agriculture Community, and through other major participating institutions in support of capacity building. In order to facilitate this effectively, the establishment of a formal Secretariat with some financial commitments from partner organizations is deemed essential.


[1] The Platform is available in English, French and Spanish.

[2] See http://www.imarkgroup.org for information.

 

 

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