e-Agriculture 10 Year Review Report: Implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Action Line C7. ICT Applications: e-agriculture
This report (PDF) by the FAO, provides a comprehensive overview on the topic of ICTs in agriculture and rural development, not only covering achievements but also bringing together a large number of practical examples that have proven their effectiveness. Furthermore, the report reflects on what has been done, identifies challenges and upcoming trends as well as plan the use of ICTs into future work in a more effective, sustainable and innovative way. Positive trends observed include mobile applications for agricultural information, mobile services and stronger integration of ICTs into agriculture and e-agriculture strategies. Several challenges are highlighted: ineffective knowledge exchange and management of information content; limited human and institutional capacity; and inadequate sensitivity to gender and diverse needs of different groups. An important recomendation of the report is that linking knowledge to innovation is crucial in addressing the information and knowledge gaps in the agricultural sector.