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ICT4Ag

Woman demonstrates a Soil-Plant Analyses Development (SPAD) meter, used to measure the chlorophyll content of a plant in Machinga, Malawi as a part of a precision agriculture training. Photo: William Burke, Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, Machinga, Malawi.

Technology is a key to scaling up agricultural innovations and improving farmers’ access to markets, finance and information. Today, there are countless platforms  that farmers can use to track production, planting, weather, prices, and more. This compilation of resources features some of the pioneering applications of technology for agricultural development, from drones and remote sensors to mobile training videos to support agricultural extension. 

For Agrilinks’ focus on information and communication technology for agriculture this month, this interview with Tara Chiu, Assistant Director of the Feed the Future Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab, looks at how ICT is helping improve food security and farmer livelihoods.
Mobile Technology Puts Kenya A Step Ahead For Food Security Imagine a service in rural Nigeria, where smallholder farmers can send a text message and a tractor will appear and plow their field. Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. Hello Tractor does exactly that, and is expanding the...
Read up on exciting new reseach on digital solutions for agriculture.
Digital technology is key to scaling up agricultural innovations and improving smallholder farmers’ access to markets, information and financial services. Today, there are countless platforms to help farmers track production, planting, weather, and prices, and more. The wide-ranging field of ICT4Ag...
The LWR Regional Cocoa Flavor Map will help cocoa producers to better connect with buyers of fine and specialty cocoa, who can quickly identify the sources for the cocoa flavors, profiles and characteristics they are seeking.
Read up on lessons learned from one study on implementing a crowdsourced information platform in the agricultural sector.
Kenyan young people have the chance to become soil experts with the support of SoilCares Foundation.
Geospatial technology is revolutionizing the business and development world. Smallholder farmers, private sector agribusinesses and financial institutions can greatly benefit by incorporating geographic information software into their business and development analyses.
This study tests if household-level outcomes — awareness, understanding, experimentation or adoption of a technology or practice — can be influenced by small changes in the extension approach through several key pathways.
What is the value of having a goal if you can’t measure it? This axiom does not exactly relate to international efforts to increase crops yields for small-scale farmers in developing countries, but it is pretty close.
Learn how the Data-Driven Farming Prize demonstrates that a smart design process and strong partnerships can ensure all stakeholders benefit in the implementation of a prize.
Learn how one project is strategically using information communications technologies to improve farmer-to-farmer learning in Kenya.
What comes to mind when you hear the word drone? Probably not "farming tool". Yet in sub-Saharan Africa, drones are just that. Find out the reasons why drones can be an incredibly useful tool for agricultural development in rural societies...
This post is the second in a two-part series focusing on data-driven agricultural development as a follow up to USAID’s Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Convening held on April 27-28, 2017.
This post is the first in a two-part series focusing on data-driven agricultural development and was authored by Karina Lundahl, Facilitator for USAID’s Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture
During the implementation of the first Ghana Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement project (ADVANCE I), project field officers had issues tracking the number of smallholder farmers benefiting from project-sponsored training.
Agricultural extension messages using video on portable devices increases knowledge about seed selection, storage and handling among smallholder potato farmers in southwestern Uganda.
Climate information services can be an important tool in helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate variability and change. Delivery of vital weather and market information directly to smallholder farmers enables them to make on-farm decisions
Improved availability of, and access to, information and communication technologies (ICTs) – especially mobile phones, computers, radio, internet, and social media – has provided many more opportunities for collection, processing, storage, retrieval, managing, and sharing of information in multiple formats.
This post is the second installment in a four-part series from the Digital Development for Feed the Future team focusing on the potential of low-cost sensor technologies to transform agriculture in developing countries.
Mobile Technology Puts Kenya A Step Ahead For Food Security Imagine a service in rural Nigeria, where smallholder farmers can send a text message and a tractor will appear and plow their field. Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. Hello Tractor does exactly that, and is expanding the...
For Agrilinks’ focus on information and communication technology for agriculture this month, this interview with Tara Chiu, Assistant Director of the Feed the Future Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab, looks at how ICT is helping improve food security and farmer livelihoods.
Read up on exciting new reseach on digital solutions for agriculture.
Digital technology is key to scaling up agricultural innovations and improving smallholder farmers’ access to markets, information and financial services. Today, there are countless platforms to help farmers track production, planting, weather, and prices, and more. The wide-ranging field of ICT4Ag...
The LWR Regional Cocoa Flavor Map will help cocoa producers to better connect with buyers of fine and specialty cocoa, who can quickly identify the sources for the cocoa flavors, profiles and characteristics they are seeking.
Read up on lessons learned from one study on implementing a crowdsourced information platform in the agricultural sector.
Kenyan young people have the chance to become soil experts with the support of SoilCares Foundation.
Geospatial technology is revolutionizing the business and development world. Smallholder farmers, private sector agribusinesses and financial institutions can greatly benefit by incorporating geographic information software into their business and development analyses.
This study tests if household-level outcomes — awareness, understanding, experimentation or adoption of a technology or practice — can be influenced by small changes in the extension approach through several key pathways.
What is the value of having a goal if you can’t measure it? This axiom does not exactly relate to international efforts to increase crops yields for small-scale farmers in developing countries, but it is pretty close.
Learn how the Data-Driven Farming Prize demonstrates that a smart design process and strong partnerships can ensure all stakeholders benefit in the implementation of a prize.
Learn how one project is strategically using information communications technologies to improve farmer-to-farmer learning in Kenya.
What comes to mind when you hear the word drone? Probably not "farming tool". Yet in sub-Saharan Africa, drones are just that. Find out the reasons why drones can be an incredibly useful tool for agricultural development in rural societies...
This post is the second in a two-part series focusing on data-driven agricultural development as a follow up to USAID’s Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Convening held on April 27-28, 2017.
This post is the first in a two-part series focusing on data-driven agricultural development and was authored by Karina Lundahl, Facilitator for USAID’s Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture
During the implementation of the first Ghana Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement project (ADVANCE I), project field officers had issues tracking the number of smallholder farmers benefiting from project-sponsored training.
Agricultural extension messages using video on portable devices increases knowledge about seed selection, storage and handling among smallholder potato farmers in southwestern Uganda.
Climate information services can be an important tool in helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate variability and change. Delivery of vital weather and market information directly to smallholder farmers enables them to make on-farm decisions
Improved availability of, and access to, information and communication technologies (ICTs) – especially mobile phones, computers, radio, internet, and social media – has provided many more opportunities for collection, processing, storage, retrieval, managing, and sharing of information in multiple formats.
This post is the second installment in a four-part series from the Digital Development for Feed the Future team focusing on the potential of low-cost sensor technologies to transform agriculture in developing countries.
This talk will examine modern extension services and ways they can take on more business functions along the value chain while better meeting the needs of specific farmer segments.
The May Ag Sector Council features Judy Payne (BFS), Scott Haller (DCA) and Erin Connor (Grameen Foundation).