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.