Success stories on information and communication technologies for agriculture and rural development
This publication (PDF) from FAO presents seven case studies in innovative use of emerging technologies to improve the living standards of farming communities. The paper covers case studies from India, Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, Thailand and Papua New Guinea wherein technology is used to share knowledge on farming method within local circumstances, to combat illegal fishing or to create smart irrigation systems. Smallholder resource-poor farmers are confronted by many challenges and at the same time, agriculture is becoming increasingly knowledge intensive. Information and communication technologies (ICT) have provided opportunities to address such challenges to improve agricultural production and productivity, and enhance value chains. Linking knowledge to innovation is crucial to addressing the information and knowledge gaps in the agriculture sector. Therefore, ICTs can play a very important role in bridging information gaps. This publication showcases a few case studies where innovative use of emerging technologies together with capacity development has brought about rich dividends. The authors highlights ICT as an important means of communication for sharing of information and innovations among all players of the agriculture sector.
The publication is a follow up to the FAO publication Information and communication technologies for sustainable agriculture (PDF).