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APO e-Learning Course on ICT-based Services for Agricultural Extension


3-4, 6 October 2017


Background

In rural areas, agricultural extension plays crucial roles in delivering information and knowledge and transferring agricultural technologies to farmers and rural communities. The scope of AES encompasses a wide range of agricultural and rural activities that could increase agricultural productivity and bring economic benefits to rural residents. It provides advisory services for crop cultivation and livestock rearing and organizes learning activities in various areas such as value addition and marketing for agricultural products of rural SMEs. Usually, AES are supported and managed by government agencies. However, private-sector agribusiness companies also provide AES, which are basically meant to promote their own products.

 

The application of ICT in AES has shown many promising outcomes for small farmers. People who live in remote rural areas are susceptible to isolation from or being beyond the outreach of AES. They have limited access to appropriate infonnation on weather changes, the latest market prices of products, and updates on recent sustainable, innovative farming practices. For such cases, ICT devices distributed to small farmers have freed them from spatial constraints by receiving and sending data at appropriate times. For example, real-time weather forecasts delivered to mobile phones provide famiers with the critical time needed to prepare for and minimize the potential damage from natural calamities. Taking online courses and using Internet search engines reduce infonnation disparities that are prevalent in marginalized rural areas. In addition, computer-aided agriculture extension and the engagement of electronic media expand the scope of farmers learning experiences. ICT facilitates and democratizes learning opportunities.

 

With the convergence of ICT infrastructure, the methods of AES are also being rapidly transformed through easy interfaces for users convenience. Responding to technological advances, this e-course will provide an arena to study and discuss the utilization of ICT in AES and raise awareness of action plans required to adapt to the future learning environment.


Objectives

a. To review recent trends in and the latest applications of information and communication technology (ICT) and digital technology for agriculture extension services (AES

b. To study successful cases of ICT adaptation for the benefit of less-privileged sections of society such as women, aged farmers, youth, and small farmers in rural areas for inclusive growth; and

c. To discuss recommendations and draft action plans for the organizations/companies visited by utilizing the lessons learned from the course.


Speakers

Dr. Noel Magor

Former Head, Training Center (TC) and Impact Acceleration Unit, International Rice Research Institute,

Philippines


Dr. Sutrisno Hadi Purnomo

Faculty Member and Researcher, Faculty of Agriculture, Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia

   

Mr. M.F.M. Rizwan

Assistant Director, National Agriculture Information & Communication Centre Department of Agriculture,

Sri Lanka 



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