The livelihoods of the world’s poor rise and fall with the fate of agriculture. Enhancing the ability of smallholders to connect with the knowledge, networks, and institutions necessary to improve their productivity, food security, and employment opportunities is a fundamental development challenge. Where once rural areas were largely disconnected from the greater world, today, networks of information and communication technologies (ICTs) enmesh the globe and represent a transformational opportunity for rural populations, both as producers and consumers. However, realizing this opportunity requires a long-term commitment to mobilizing appropriate resources and expertise.
This training program is designed to support practitioners, decision-makers, and development partners who work at the intersection of ICT and agriculture. Our hope is that it becomes a practical guide in understanding current trends, implementing appropriate interventions, and evaluating the impact of those programs.
Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:
- Gain basic skills in ICT in agriculture.
- Appreciate the need for ICT integration in agribusiness development.
- Understand current trends in ICTs as they pertain to agriculture and the contributions that ICT can make to enhance agricultural strategies and their implementation.
- Design, implement, and evaluate appropriate and sustainable ICT components of agricultural projects.
- Build effective public and private partnerships to promote ICT access and innovation for agriculture.
- Include ICT in policy dialogue and planning with country counterparts on agricultural and rural development goals and priorities.
- Understand the application of ICT in farm production, inventory management, and marketing and in extension services.
- Gain knowledge on gender equitable skills in ICT development in agriculture which is a major player towards rural development.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
- Introduction to ICT in agricultural development
- Making ICT Infrastructure, appliances, and services more accessible and affordable in rural areas
- Mobile devices and services and their impact on agriculture and rural development
- Gender-equitable, ICT-enabled agricultural development
- Increasing crop, livestock, and fishery productivity through ICT
- ICTs as enablers of agricultural innovation systems
- Broadening smallholders’ access to financial services through ICT
- ICT application in farmer organizations
- ICT enabled agricultural extension
- Strengthening agricultural marketing with ICT
- ICT applications for smallholder inclusion in agribusiness supply chains
- ICT applications for agricultural risk management
- Improving food safety and traceability while empowering smallholders through ICT
- Strengthening rural governance, institutions, and citizen participation using ICT
- ICT for land administration and management
- Inventory management with ICT
- GIS and RS application in agriculture
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This conference is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programs.
Venue: Cape Town
Duration: 1 week
Course Fee Includes :
- Professional fees for the design of the program
- Professional fees for the delivery of the program
- Teaching materials and consumables
- Delegate pack containing workbooks, copies of course slides & contact details for post-course tutor support
- Certificate of attendance
- Venue, equipment hire
- Lunch and refreshments
- Airport pick up and drop off
Course participants are invited to highlight topics of interest before the detailed course schedule is prepared for commencement. This will usually be on the orientation day. Every effort will be made to accommodate participants training needs within the general scope of the course.
APPROACH TO TRAINING
Practical participant-centred activities are fundamental to all courses. In line with adult learning principles, maximum use is made of syndicate exercises, case studies, field trips, role-playing, management games, plenary sessions and training videos. Participants are encouraged to be directly involved in analysing and solving managerial problems.
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIP
Prospective participants seeking a place on programs should make early application in writing to one or more donor agencies in their respective countries to secure funding possibilities.