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Event
29 May 2012

Can ICT improve productivity, resilience and food security?

Credit: IICD

Credit: IICD

SIANI, and Sida invite you to a seminar assessing the potential of mobile phones to support development within the agricultural sector. The event will bring together African and Swedish development actors with the private sector.

The following themes will be discussed:

  • Using the mobile phone as learning tool for rural farming communities
  • Scaling up: Providing locally relevant content to an expanding user base.
  • How sustainable business models create sustainable development.

There are huge opportunities for improvements in agricultural productivity, livelihood resilience and future food security. Mobile technology in agriculture or ‘m-agriculture’ offers a smart way to support rural agricultural development by providing information direct to farmers.

Increases in agricultural production and food security benefit both the farmer and supply food for the growing urban populations. Traditional agricultural extension services have a hard job as they must educate farmers in an increasingly wide array of areas; adapting to climate change, following market prices and understanding weather patterns.  However with ratios of just one extension officer to 46,000 farmers as in Uganda it becomes an impossible task.  M-agriculture is able to support these existing networks and help the right information reach the intended recipient (with a mobile phone).

This seminar will highlight the need to offer the correct support for the development and up-scaling of these information services in order to encourage sustainability and resilience within the agricultural sector.

Times

From 29 May 2012 at 07:45 to 29 May 2012 at 11:30

Venue

Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199

Resources

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Video
11 June 2012
Making ICT work for Agriculture: Using the mobile phone as learning tool for rural farming communities in Uganda:video

Presented as part of the seminar: Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security? 29th May 2012, 08.30 - 12.30Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm...

Slides
15 April 2013
Making ICT work for Agriculture: Using the mobile phone as learning tool for rural farming communities in Uganda

Presented as part of the seminar: Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security? 29th May 2012, 08.30 - 12.30Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm...

Video
11 June 2012
Mobile Networks as an enabler for scalable development: video

Presented as part of the seminar: Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security? 29th May 2012, 08.30 - 12.30Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm...

Slides
15 April 2013
Mobile Networks as an enabler for scalable development

Presented as part of the seminar: Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security?

Video
11 June 2012
How locally run ICT services can support national development policies:video

Presented as part of the seminar: Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security? 29th May 2012, 08.30 - 12.30Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199,...

Slides
15 April 2013
How locally run ICT services can support national development policies

Presented as part of the seminar: Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security? 29th May 2012, 08.30 - 12.30Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199,...

Video
11 June 2012
Sida approach to sustainable business in developing countries: video

Presented as part of the seminar: Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security? 29th May 2012, 08.30 - 12.30Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199,...

Slides
15 May 2013
Sida approach to sustainable business in developing countries

Presented as part of the seminar: Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security? 29th May 2012, 08.30 - 12.30Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199,...

Agenda

09:00 – Welcome

Matthew Fielding, SIANI & SEI

09:10 – Introduction

Kerstin Jonsson Cisse, Sida

09:30 – Case study: How locally run ICT services can support national development policies.  Theresa Stanton, Zambia Country Manager, IICD

10:00 – Sida approach to sustainable business in developing countries

Anne-Charlotte Malm, B4D & Sida

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break 

11:00 – Making ICT work for Agriculture: Using the mobile phone as learning tool for rural farming communities in Uganda

Daniel Ninsiima, Mobile Specialist, L3F Uganda

11:30 – Mobile Networks as an enabler for scalable development 

Karin Svingby, Director Projects & Partnerships, Ericsson 

12:00 – 30min Panel Discussion

All speakers

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