Information Communication Technologies

  • Agricultural Geospatial Commons (AGCommons)
  • Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD)
  • Digital Green
  • E-Agriculture
  • FAO - Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS)
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Knowledge Management (KM)
  • International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)
  • International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD)
  • Sustainable Rural Development Information System (SRDIS)
  • Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
  • UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN APCICT)


    The AGCommons (Agricultural Geospatial Commons) Program aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through better research, intervention and decisions brought about by making location-specific information, analyses, and tools more accessible. Agriculture is inextricably tied to the physical environment and the unpredictability of nature. Factors such as climate, soil, and water availability play more of a defining role in agriculture than in any other economic sector. And nowhere is this more evident than in Africa. If smallholder farmers are to be consistently successful, from one season to another, and from one year to another, they need to have access to essential geospatial (location-specific) information.
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    CIARD is a partnership-based initiative that reflects the value of collective action to mobilize and build upon existing resources and activities to create a coherent global approach to information management and knowledge exchange related to agricultural science and technology. It brings together institutions and people who want to make the outputs of agricultural research more accessible. The aim is to enable organizations that create or possess public agricultural knowledge to disseminate it more effectively. The CIARD partners coordinate their efforts, promote common formats for information sharing and exchange, and adopt open information systems approaches. Creating a global network of truly accessible outputs of research and innovation greatly increases the chance that they can be put to use, locally, nationally, and globally.
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    Digital Green

    Digital Green works with existing, people-based extension systems, aiming to amplify their effectiveness through an ICT-enabled approach.  The Digital Green model combines technology and social organization to maximize the potential of building the capacity of community members on improved, sustainable agriculture, livelihood and health interventions.  Digital Green also facilitates knowledge exchange between community engagement for partners looking to learn, contribute and connect on social innovation practices toward improving lives in rural communities. The organization works with partners throughout the entire experience to share knowledge and capture feedback with supported technologies that allow partners to locally produce and share videos in villages all around the world.  Digital Green is an independent, non-profit with support from multiple organizations in Asia, African and the international community.


    e-Agriculture is a global Community of Practice, where people from all over the world exchange information, ideas, and resources related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable agriculture and rural development. e-Agriculture’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for institutions and individuals in agriculture and rural development to share knowledge, learn from others, and improve decision making about the vital role of ICTs to empower rural communities, improve rural livelihoods, and build sustainable agriculture and food security. e-Agriculture is all about knowledge exchange between UN agencies, governments, universities, research organizations, NGOs, farmers' organizations, private sector, and the wider community.
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    FAO - AIMS

    The FAO - Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) website supports collaboration through wikis, forums, and blogs amongst institutions and individuals that wish to share expertise on how to use the tools, standards, and methodologies. News and events are published on AIMS as part of its ‘one-stop’ access to interoperability and reusability of information resources. The AIMS community platform is aimed at the global agricultural community, including information providers, from research institutes, academic institutions, educational and extension institutions and also the private sector. AIMS contributes to the global Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) initiative that facilitates coherence between information repositories and systems. The AIMS tools have been registered in the CIARD-RING. (See also CIARD)
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    The ICT-KM Program of the CGIAR promotes and supports the use of information and communications technology (ICT) and knowledge management (KM) to improve the effectiveness of the CGIAR System's work on behalf of the poor in developing countries. The world is undergoing profound economic, technological, and social changes. In addition, scientific practices are becoming more and more information intensive and multi-disciplinary, requiring up-to-date communications infrastructure and knowledge sharing practices. The CGIAR believes that to sustain its mission, it must continue to generate, safeguard, and share knowledge in new ways.Project Summaries


    IICD believes people need access to information to improve their lives, particularly in developing countries. Farmers earn more from their produce if they know the current market price. Patients receive better treatment if health workers know their medical history. Students learn more with up-to-date learning materials in their own language. To help people in Africa and Latin America access the information that can transform their lives, IICD uses ICT: Information and Communication Technology. They help local partners from the non-profit, public and private sectors use ICTs to meet their development goals in livelihoods, education, health, and governance.
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    IAALD’s mission is to enable members to create, capture, access and disseminate information to achieve a more productive and sustainable use of the world's land, water, and renewable natural resources. To further this mission IAALD (1) connects agricultural information specialists worldwide, providing platforms and spaces for information dissemination, exchange and knowledge sharing; (2) convenes agricultural information specialists worldwide, organizing meetings and catalyzing dialogue among all agricultural information stakeholders; (3) communicates and advocates the value of knowledge and information to its members and others, improving the status and practice of agricultural information management and dissemination; and (4) collaborates with members and other partner organizations, facilitating and catalyzing educational and other opportunities across agricultural information communities.
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    SRDIS is specialized, on-line library resources. The objective is to identify and organize those information resources most useful to resolving rural issues of global, national, and local importance. Relevant Internet sites, case studies, databases, maps, newsletters, and reports, are catalogued for precision search and retrieval. Current SRDIS foci include decentralization and local development, and natural resources management. Topical areas to be developed over time include: natural resources management, institutions, empowerment and governance, food security, as well as information access and communications.
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    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) was established in 1983 and is headquartered in The Netherlands. CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Their mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. They provide access to information and knowledge, facilitate policy dialogue and strengthen the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities.
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    UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and has twelve regional and area offices around the world. The mission of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) aims at achieving the Sector's objectives based on the right to communicate of all inhabitants of the planet through access to infrastructure and information and communication services. In this regard, the mission is to: (1) assist countries in the field of information and communication technologies (ICTs), in facilitating the mobilization of technical, human and financial resources needed for their implementation, as well as in promoting access to ICTs; (2) promote the extension of the benefits of ICTs to all the world’s inhabitants; and (3) develop and manage programs that facilitate information flow.
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    APCICT was inaugurated on 2006 as a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and is located in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Centre’s mission is to strengthen the efforts of the member countries of ESCAP to use ICT in their socio-economic development through human and institutional capacity building. To meet this objective, APCICT’s work is focused on three inter-related pillars – Training, Research, and Advisory Services. Together they form an integrated approach to ICT human capacity building.
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