Workshop On Information And Communications Technologies (ict) For Agriculture And Rural Development
The livelihoods of the
world’s poor rise and fall with the fate of agriculture. Enhancing the ability
of smallholders to connect with the knowledge, networks, and institutions
necessary to improve their productivity, food security, and employment
opportunities is a fundamental development challenge. Where once rural areas
were largely disconnected from the greater world, today, networks of
information and communication technologies (ICTs) enmesh the globe and
represent a transformational opportunity for rural populations, both as
producers and consumers. However, realizing this opportunity requires a
long-term commitment to mobilizing appropriate resources and expertise.
This training programme is
designed to support practitioners, decision-makers, and development partners
who work at the intersection of ICT and agriculture. Our hope is that it
becomes a practical guide in understanding current trends, implementing
appropriate interventions, and evaluating the impact of those programs.
At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:
- Gain basic skills in ICT in
- Appreciate the need for ICT
integration in agribusiness development.
- Understand current trends in ICTs as
they pertain to agriculture and the contributions that ICT can make to
enhance agricultural strategies and their implementation.
- Design, implement, and evaluate
appropriate and sustainable ICT components of agricultural projects.
- Build effective public and private
partnerships to promote ICT access and innovation for agriculture.
- Include ICT in policy dialogue and
planning with country counterparts on agricultural and rural development
goals and priorities.
- Understand the application of ICT in
farm production, inventory management, and marketing and in extension
- Gain knowledge on gender equitable
skills in ICT development in agriculture which is a major player towards
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This course is intended for various actors in the
Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural
officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding
agencies, research organizations and non-government organizations among others
for agriculture support activities and other development programmes.
Module I: Overview of ICT for Agriculture and Rural Development
- ICT Adoption
methodology, priorities, collaborators and constraints
- The economics of ICT
- Innovation theory,
· Key drivers of ICT-enabled services in
· Principles of Digital Development
mobile phones and mobile technologies on agriculture and rural development.
- Comparative advantages of ICT opportunities
- ICT constraint and
solution identification, ICT alternatives
· Tools for personal involvement in ICT adoption and
Module II: ICT and Farm Management
- ICT, Farm Management
and Farm Management Information Systems (MIS)
- ICT and Crop
- ICT and Animal
- Crop, agricultural
inputs and process Models
rural access to financial and insurance services through ICT
Module III: Strengthening
Rural Governance, Institutions, and Collective Action with ICT
- National ICT
priorities – infrastructure, standards, policies, globalization
- Potential ICT
contribution to the integration of national and regional initiatives
- ICT supported services
– national, regional, personal and sectoral
- National and regional
connectivity issues and solutions
· Government-funded services in rural areas
institutions with ICT
Module IV: Strengthening Agricultural Market Access with ICT Tools
agricultural marketing with ICT
- ICT applications for
smallholder inclusion in agribusiness supply chains
- Marketing - Tracking
and Traceability, production chains
- ICT applications for
agricultural risk management
- Improving food safety
and traceability while empowering smallholders through ICT
- Strengthening rural
governance, institutions, and citizen participation using ICT
- ICT for land
administration and management
- Inventory management
- Agricultural Marketing
Module V: Using ICT for Remote Sensing, Crowdsourcing, GIS, and
· Remote sensing
and crowd mapping
- GIS and RS application
Big data for
This course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have
vast experience as expert professionals in the respective fields of practice.
The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works
and case studies.
Training manuals and additional reference materials are
provided to the participants.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will
be issued with a certificate.
We can also do this as tailor-made course to meet
organization-wide needs. Contact us to find out more: email@example.com
· The training will be conducted at SKILLS FOR AFRICA TRAINING INSTITUTE IN NAIROBI
· The training fee covers
tuition fees, training materials, lunch and training venue. Accommodation and
airport transfer are arranged for our participants upon request.
Payment should be sent to our bank account before start of
training and proof of payment sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org