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ICT in Agriculture

ICT in Agriculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Realizing the profound potential of information and communication technologies in developing country agriculture, the Agriculture and Rural Development Department (ARD) of the World Bank in collaboration with infoDev (part of the World Bank Group) embarked in an effort to explore and capture the expanding knowledge and use of ICT tools in agrarian livelihoods.  In November 2011, the World Bank released an electronic Sourcebook (e-Sourcebook) to initiate further (and better) investment in this sector.  Called “ICT in Agriculture”, the e-Sourcebook provides practitioners within and outside of the World Bank Group with lessons learned, guiding principles, and hundreds of examples and case studies on applying information and communication technologies in poor agriculture. 

 

The e-Sourcebook is provided fully and freely on this website.  Fifteen modules touch on a wide spectrum of sub-fields in agriculture, including risk management, gender, forest governance, and farmers organizations.  The Introduction (Module 1) introduces users to the ‘ICT in agriculture’ topic, offering key themes throughout the sourcebook as well as more details on how to use it.
 
Each module is stand-alone in format, providing users with the advantage of selecting the module or modules closest to their interest or work.  The modules are delivered both in html and pdf format.  The pdf format can be downloaded and printed.  The full book can also be downloaded.  In this version, hyperlinks between modules are included to promote cross-referencing throughout the Sourcebook.

 

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There's a wealth of inspiration here for anyone looking for examples of how ICT can improve and even transform rural agriculture and fisheries including through e-learning opportunities

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Sustainable Aquaculture: Five Strategies to Getting Growth Right

Sustainable Aquaculture: Five Strategies to Getting Growth Right | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A guest blog by Richard Waite of the World Resources Institute (WRI), Michael Phillips of WorldFish, and Randall Brummett of the World Bank.


The world’s appetite for fish is steadily growing. Finfish and shellfish currently make up one-sixth of the animal protein people consume globally. As the global wild fish catch peaked in the 1990s, aquaculture—or fish farming—has grown rapidly to meet world fish demand, more than doubling production between 2000 and 2012. New research shows that aquaculture production will need to more than double again between now and 2050 to meet the demands of a growing population.

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Continuing the theme of sustainability - this blog article from Worldfish and associated paper sets out some strategies for ensuring future sustainability in aquaculture

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