ICT Extension Challenge Launched
To advance the ICT Extension Challenge, USAID convened an expert consultation on October 11-12 in Washington, DC. The participants of the expert consultation were invited from the community of thought leaders and practitioners related to innovative extension services in the public and private sectors. They included representatives from the donor community, research institutions, NGOs, and service providers.
The Final Report from the Expert Consultation on the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition ICT Extension Challenge is now available.
The ICT Extension Challenge was launched on October 30 at the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in Uruguay. It's goal is to address the issue of improving extension and information systems for smallholder farmers, farmer organizations and agribusinesses so that they can make informed and effective decisions about technology adoption, harnessing developments in ICT and technology and information platforms.
Jonathan Shrier (US Dept of State) and Julie Howard (USAID) co-convened an invitational luncheon in conjunction with the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) meeting in Punta del Este, Uruguay to launch the G8 ICT Challenge. About 70 representatives from G8 and African governments, CGIAR, civil society, and multilateral organizations participated. Riikka Rajalahti of the World Bank summarized the highlights from the expert consultation. Launch participants were very enthusiastic about the ICT Challenge. Monty Jones (FARA) and Carlos Sere (IFAD) formally welcomed the initiative in their remarks, and a number of representatives from several G8 countries as well as multilateral and civil society organizations expressed strong support from the floor.
In the coming weeks, a Steering Committee will get formalized as well as fundraising and planning for the rapid assessments in Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia recommended by the Expert Consultation.