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.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 5. Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
Theme 6. Enabling environment
Theme 7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
Theme 8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Theme 13. Digital Solidarity Agenda (PoA, Section D)
Theme 15. Towards WSIS Phase 2 (Tunis) (PoA, Section F)
Related MDGs: MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Guidelines, Conceptual model
ARC, CAAES, CLAES, Egyptian Government, Italian Government.