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Mobile, tablets, social media and software that have the potential to be used for agriculture and food security, particularly in the developing world.
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The Facebook-Loving Farmers of Myanmar

The Facebook-Loving Farmers of Myanmar | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
A dispatch from an Internet revolution in progress.
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Someone has done a series of interviews with farmers in Myanmar about how they use smartphones. They like Facebook a lot, using it to share and follow news rather than connect with people they actually know. People go into phone shops to get phones set up with pre-made Facebook accounts that are already following a bunch of other accounts.

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The Future of Smart Farming with IoT and Open Source Farming

The Future of Smart Farming with IoT and Open Source Farming | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
Smart farming is a concept quickly catching on in the agricultural business. Offering high-precision crop control, useful data collection, and automated farming techniques, there are clearly many advantages a networked farm has to offer.
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Plant doctors share advice using WhatsApp and Facebook in Central America

Plant doctors share advice using WhatsApp and Facebook in Central America | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
by Erica Chernoh and Eduardo Hidalgo, CABI

The software application WhatsApp is being used by plant doctors in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras t...

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These 10 apps will boost agriculture in Africa - Ventures Africa

These 10 apps will boost agriculture in Africa - Ventures Africa | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
With an estimated income of more than $100 billion annually, agriculture remains Africa’s largest economic sector. In the past years, agricultural production in Africa has increased gradually and is almost at par with South America.
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Ethiopia’s First Agricultural Hotline Surpasses 6 Million Phone Calls

Ethiopia’s First Agricultural Hotline Surpasses 6 Million Phone Calls | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
8028 call-in sytem, Ethiopia’s first agricultural hotline has hit over one million registered callers making close to 6.5 million phone calls in
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2015 challenges: how can technology and innovation be a force for good?

2015 challenges: how can technology and innovation be a force for good? | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
Technology is increasingly playing a role in delivering aid work. How can development organisations harness its potential?
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Avoiding the "lure of the shiny gadget", learning from past failures, putting the user at the centre of the design process, and only using technology where it makes sense - some great tips when considering whether and how to use technology in international development

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E-verification of counterfeit pesticides in Uganda

In Uganda, use of high-quality agricultural inputs like hybrid seed, agrochemicals, and fertilizer is extremely low. Low levels of agricultural technology adoption have been compounded by a lack of farmer trust in the current inputs supply system, which has been plagued by counterfeiting. Counterfeit products range from benign fake or adulterated materials to banned substances that are harmful to crops and human health. Counterfeit agricultural inputs directly reduce productivity and, together with the perception of widespread counterfeiting, reduce demand for high-quality inputs.
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Farmers can use SMS to verify the authenticity of products. 

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Open data: how mobile phones saved bananas from bacterial wilt in Uganda

Open data: how mobile phones saved bananas from bacterial wilt in Uganda | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
As disease threatened crops across the country, an initiative from the government and Unicef was able to communicate fast to stop it - demonstrating how open data can transform development
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This is my favourite mobile phone / crop health case study. Unicef's database of 300,000 Ureporters in Uganda is invaluable.

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Using Social Media Data to Identify Outbreaks and Control Disease

Using Social Media Data to Identify Outbreaks and Control Disease | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
Could infectious disease surveillance systems that accurately track social media data inform early warning systems and outbreak response?
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Not directly about agriculture but the same techniques for human health can be applied to plant health.

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Turkish farmers charge laptops using solar-powered donkeys

Turkish farmers charge laptops using solar-powered donkeys | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
A group of forward-thinking herdsmen in the province of İzmir, Western Turkey, have found a way to stay online while on their long, farming journeys across the country.
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Rwanda: Youth Receives Rwf100 Million to Fight Food Insecurity

A young rwandan entrepreneur last week walked home with $150,000 (about Rwf105 million), a prize money jointly awarded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), and the World Food Prize Foundation to develop an innovative, market-based approach to addressing food security.
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The winner of the food security prize, Lillian Uwintwali, has developed a platform that "provides e-extension services, market and financing information to about 3,000 smallholder farmers through the Internet and text messages"

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Satellites to help farmers pinpoint disease and pests - Farming UK news

Satellites to help farmers pinpoint disease and pests - Farming UK news | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
A new mobile app for farmers able to pinpoint and identify disease, pests and weeds within fields, and then integrate this data with precision farming software to create targeted treatment plans, saving time, money and unnecessary applications, has won the UK leg of a European business ideas competition using satellite technology.
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The UN Blue Number Initiative

The UN Blue Number Initiative | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it

The Blue Number is a unique ID for any individual, entity or asset contributing to the food system. It is a specific Global Location Number, or "GLN", which identifies a farm or Small Medium Enterprise in any part of a food and agriculture value chain. The Blue Number provides the holder with a universal identifier appended with additional information for use in international registries, databases and other information storage infrastructures.

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This is a promising initiative for uniquely identifying farmers to provide custom services and monitor trends. 

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The Listening Post: Raising the voice of farmers - Farm Radio International Blog

The Listening Post: Raising the voice of farmers - Farm Radio International Blog | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it

“What if?” is the question that opens the doors of possibility. For years Farm Radio International has used radio to interact with farming families, using their voices and experiences to inform others. We asked “What if we turned the process on its head and used interactive radio to let farmers inform decision-makers, development organizations and governments?”   The result is a series of radio programs called The Listening Post — a way to get farmer knowledge into the development space."

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Growing demand for rich media content among farmers in remote areas of India

Growing demand for rich media content among farmers in remote areas of India | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
After understanding the information need and the information gap among the farmers just before the kharif season in previous visit to Vaishali, ( a district in Bihar), Direct2Farm team visited to v...
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It's interesting to hear that young rural farmers have low-end smartphones and are keen to communicate about agriculture via apps like WhatsApp. They are also keen to watch videos - it'd be interesting to know how many they can download on their mobile data plans.

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How 2 Messages a Week are Helping 400,000 Farmers avoid Crop Loss and Increase Harvest

How 2 Messages a Week are Helping 400,000 Farmers avoid Crop Loss and Increase Harvest | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
Farmers can listen to the messages by just giving a missed call on a toll-free number!
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Initiative by CABI's Direct2Farm team.

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Colombia: Drones used to boost banana growers’ productivity

Colombia: Drones used to boost banana growers’ productivity | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
A high-resolution camera mounted onto a drone will provide growers real-time information on the typography of the soil and type of weeds.
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Drones approved for spraying crops in the US

Drones approved for spraying crops in the US | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
Crop-spraying drones have now been granted the stamp of approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. The particular drone which was approved, pictured above in Califo...
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Unmanned aerial systems to detect emerging pest insects, diseases in food crops

Unmanned aerial systems to detect emerging pest insects, diseases in food crops | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems — or UAS — as a quick and efficient method to detect
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Mobile technology helps Sri Lanka cope with climate change

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Floods and landslides linked to climate change have battered parts of Sri Lanka in the past two years, disrupting food output, but scientists believe a new program to
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Mobile weather stations will text farmers and government officials when rainfall levels are expected to rise in a specific area.

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Robotics should attract new generation of tech savvy experts to farming

Robotics should attract new generation of tech savvy experts to farming | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
Robotics developers say small lightweight machines will revolutionise farming and create more jobs.
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Australian farmers are embracing new technology in agriculture

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These Scientists Are Training Computers to Help Farmers Save Their Crops

These Scientists Are Training Computers to Help Farmers Save Their Crops | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
Can’t for the life of you figure out what those white spots on your squash plants are? A new app called PlantVillage may be able to help.
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Machine-learning algorithms to recognise crop diseases from photos...hard to believe that they will have a beta version available by next year but it's a nice idea to aim for!

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Can mobile phones help to improve food security?

Can mobile phones help to improve food security? | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
Around three-fourths of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. The rural poor, and their very specific needs, must therefore be at the centre of any attempt to tackle global poverty and the issue of food security. But what are these very specific needs? Often they’re things that people in urban areas take for granted […]
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Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap | Tech in agriculture | Scoop.it
Women are the mainstay of food production but have long suffered from poor access to information and advice
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