APO e-Learning Course on ICT-based Services for Agricultural Extension
3-4, 6 October 2017
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.
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.
Dr. Noel Magor
Former Head, Training Center (TC) and Impact Acceleration Unit, International Rice Research Institute,
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,