India's long- and short-term vision to address poverty includes plans to increase energy production and scientific collaboration to expand access to technology. Rajagopala Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the government of India, covered a wide range of technology initiatives ranging from the expansion of electricity access to rural tech programs in a Seattle talk last week.
Open Foris is a set of free and open-source software tools that facilitates flexible and efficient data collection, analysis and reporting. Open Foris includes: Open Foris Collect, Collect Mobile, Collect Earth, and several others.
In Rajasthan, India, guar farmers are applying sustainable agricultural practices to improve their livelihoods. Guar or cluster bean is a versatile and drought-resistant legume grown in arid and semi-arid areas. Guar gum produced from the seeds of the plant is used as a thickening agent in a wide variety of food, cosmetic and industrial applications, from cattle feed and ice cream to hair-care products and fire retardants.
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, is collaborating with local company D&C Drones to revolutionise the agriculture sector through the introduction of drone technology. On Aug. 16, the Ministry took the technology to farmers in Lowe River, Trelawny, to demonstrate its use and applicability.
Big data. We hear about it regularly, but for someone who is a bit of a techno-slug, who moves at a slow pace of adoption, I wonder sometimes just where all this big data comes from and how it might be used in this case to enhance resiliency of farmers.
With a huge middle class and a resurgent economy, the conditions that have left 50 million children with stunted growth aren’t just unfair – they’re eminently fixable.
If our economy is a three-legged stool, there is government, the private (or for-profit sector) and another sector that helps people in need and provides other services to the community.
Agriculture and the overexploitation of plants and animal species are significantly greater threats to biodiversity than climate change, new analysis shows. Joint research published in the journal Nature on Wednesday found nearly three-quarters of the world’s threatened species faced these threats, compared to just 19% affected by climate change.
The resettlement colonies in Delhi, 55 in all, are home to 1,776,000 people, which is more than 10% of the urban population in Delhi (Delhi Population 16.7 million, 2011). Interestingly, Delhi's resettlement colonies are managed by three government agencies that look at different aspects of the sanitation chain.
In the rush to implement projects and demonstrate progress, development organizations have created a confusing ecosystem of websites, microsites, apps, social media channels, e-mail lists, and knowledge portals. Organizations in other sectors have experienced similar growing pains as they’ve become more digitally mature. It’s time for the international development community to take the next step as well by embracing content strategy.
Jumpstart Goes to School, a seminar concentrating on children’s education, was held in the Capital today. This two-day seminar is focusing on the education in theory and in practice as well as school education with regard to children’s content.
According to a recent study, 73% of consumers believe brands have a responsibility to do more than just generate a profit. Now, people expect social responsibility, and even more than that, for brands to actively try to make a difference in the world. While the concept of ‘social good’ isn’t new, as marketing strategies become increasingly personalised, corporate responsibility is becoming more pertinent. By talking about the issue and causes consumers care about - brands are able to build a better connection as well as promote their core values. From protecting the environment to promoting equality, here are four brands that have done their bit to initiate change.
Substantial interest is focused on using video to disseminate agricultural information to rural farmers in the developing world. This paper explores the effectiveness of using this approach to improve rural farmers’ device literacy—that is, their ability to use mobile phones for purposes other than making and receiving voice calls.
Farmers and end-consumers in India are connected with a long value chain which is characterised by several stakeholders and this distance is increasing because of the poor agricultural marketing and rent seeking behavior of players involved in this chain. Inefficient agricultural marketing is a reflection of poor dissemination of technology in the country.
In early July, the Watershed: Empowering Citizens programme hosted the IRC Event "Accountability tools to improve WASH service delivery" in The Hague. It examined accountability at different levels: from communities using social audits to international development agencies embracing open data systems to improve transparency.
Most ICTforAg projects have specific behavior change goals. For example, the goal may be for farmers to change their practices to improve soil quality. Or for farmers to adopt a new ICT technology to understand weather patterns. How do you ensure this new behavior change will be successfully adopted?
From IRC guest blogger Angela Huston: "Like many in the WASH sector, I have moved from infrastructure to advocacy; from engineering to governance; from water treatment to sanitation and hygiene. This post comes from my expedited entry into the WASH sector to research why sustained success has been limited and to uncover which approaches to change might lead to lasting service provision."
Agriculture is the biggest driver of deforestation globally fueled by a growing demand for food, yet it is possible to feed the world without cutting forests, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.
Drone technology provides agriculturists with a cost-effective method of infrastructure planning. In Nigeria it has accelerated the planning, design and construction of rice irrigation systems.
For the ICT4D community, the game’s jump from zero to 20 million users (by some estimates) since its launch on July 6 prompts some further questions: Can we reach that kind of scale? And is this even relevant to our work, if most people we serve don’t have smartphones?
The Pakistan government’s decision to provide sufficient incentives to the agricultural sector is laudable, since the sector’s performance has slowed the overall growth of the country in the outgoing financial year. However, the sector deserves much more than the incentives given, which are indeed good but only for the short-term.
June was 'budget month' in Bangladesh! This was an important month for Zobair Hasan, Chief of the Research, Evaluation & Monitoring department at the Development Organisation of the Rural Poor ( DORP). DORP is an NGO focusing on action research and advocacy in Bangladesh's rural WASH sector. Hasan tries to convince local governments to allocate more funds to water and sanitation. He shares his insights in an interview.
One of the hardest things for a consultant is when your work is put on a shelf and not used or integrated at all into an organisation’s strategy.
Working with ICT, we often get myopically focused on trying solving big problems, not even thinking about where technology has proven benefit: improving systems and processes. Instead of asking, "What problems can ICT solve?" we should ask ourselves, "What processes can ICT improve?"
The aim of the 20th Oct Workshop is to share research and practice on current trends in "mobile technology for agricultural and rural development in the Global South", specifically to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines and practitioners with experience of implementing mobile applications and agriculture information systems in differing country contexts.
The developed world has much to learn from developing educational initiatives.
U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met for a historic summit in Ottawa, Canada, this week and announced a landmark agreement to produce 50 percent of their countries' power from clean energy sources by 2025.
Three takeaways from a field visit to a rural sanitation project in Burkina Faso.
Democratic Republic of the Congo has almost run out of yellow fever vaccine in Kinshasa, in the same week that the government declared an epidemic of the disease in the packed capital and two other provinces. Some local people have complained they were denied immunization due to the shortage, despite queueing for a shot.
Fundraisers who have begun to employ the technology are claiming early successes, others aren’t so sure that that this shiny new toy has the power in the long run to alter how people understand others’ suffering – and then be moved to act.
High-quality ICT work is never the result of one single organization’s efforts; by its very nature it involves multiple parties, from the content creators and the technologists to the channel providers and end users. Despite this inherent need for strong partnerships, we still struggle as a sector to execute on this knowledge.
Ultimately we need to ensure that we truly understand all of the laws that could potentially cover any technology we are promoting or introducing in our work. This is, to some degree, going to require a cultural shift for us to overcome. Yet that initial burden is worth the effort, as continuing to ignore the law is not only irresponsible, but also potentially dangerous.
Rapid urbanisation in many parts of the developing world is putting an increasing strain on the ability of cities to deliver critical services such as water and sanitation. Human waste often ends up in drains, rivers, fields and on beaches, but fast growing cities can use data grabs to improve their sanitation conditions.
Report accuses government of increasing inequalities in developing countries by financing academies at the expense of state schools.
Banks view agriculture in Africa as a huge opportunity — the continent has 60 percent of the world’s arable land and 80 percent of its workforce makes a living from the sector. It is very difficult, however, for banks to measure risk so that they can make lending decisions, especially when it comes to small farmers who tend not to have a conventional credit profile. At the same time, one of the biggest obstacles for small farmers is access to capital.
The role of the agriculture sector in generating economic growth in Pakistan has been significant. This sector has, however, stagnated over the last two decades largely due to the government’s policies to support industrialization in the country as a development priority. Particularly, the last two governments have turned their focus away from agriculture and toward industry, taking away necessary financial resources and attention required for the development of the agriculture sector.
A new sowing app for farmers, combined with a personalised village advisory dashboard for Andhra Pradesh, is hoping to make radical improvements for agriculture and small-holder farmers in the State. The sowing app is to help farmers achieve optimal harvests by advising on the best time to sow crops depending on weather conditions, soil and other indicators.
The U.K. Parliament's International Development Committee dismissed out-of-hand claims that for-profit contractors are tax evaders and "poverty barons," but questioned contractors on how they — and the U.K. Department for International Development — can help local firms compete for aid contracts.
More than 50 people shared their ideas on where the sector will find over $3tn a year to fund the sustainable development goals. Here’s a selection of our favourites.
Today, the government of India is investing in two initiatives to boost the economy: supporting the agricultural sector—which employs half of India’s workforce—and bolstering startup technology companies. These two efforts may seem unrelated but there is real potential to transfer lessons from the startup culture to our agricultural sector.
You would be forgiven for thinking that livestock and sustainable development don’t mix. Reducing meat consumption has sometimes been cited as a great way to combat climate change — one of the anchors of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development — given that the livestock sector’s carbon emissions are equal to those from all the road vehicles in the world. But aren’t we oversimplifying the role the sector can play in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
The rapid decline in consumption poverty over the past two decades was accompanied by improvements in other dimensions of welfare. But progress has been mixed and much still remains to be done. India’s performance on key indicators of well-being lags behind countries at similar stages of development. And country-level estimates mask wide disparities between states. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/world-bank-india-poverty-report-poverty-line-consumption-poverty-2820964/#sthash.oM8AXQe4.dpuf
There's an interesting story (http://bit.ly/1LZ7f5v) on Devex about this blog post and where Gates stands on climate change and agriculture. Apparently his blog post is the beginning of what will be a "communications push" ahead of the UN conference on climate change, which is coming up in December. "Gates is sure to be more vocal, despite the controversy, on climate change adaptation through biofortification. By investing in GMOs to help poor farmers adapt to the harsh realities of climate change, the foundation hopes to set examples for how the Green Climate Fund, which was set up as part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change to help countries adapt to climate change, might spend its $10 billion."