Pleased to introduce you to the community, to which many CGIAR staff are members.

I am sharing here the February 2009 update, written by the team with contributions from members.
The overall aim of is to enable members to exchange opinions, experiences, good practices and resources related to e-agriculture, and to ensure that the knowledge created is effectively shared and used worldwide. To improve this task we have updated our YouTube account and linked many new, interesting videos to our list of favorites. Everybody can sign up for a YouTube account. Just follow these steps:

1)      go to and register and log in.

2)      go to the site and subscribe to favorites, so you can share YouTube videos relating to agriculture and rural development, which demonstrate the use of information and communications technologies in facilitating agriculture and rural development.

It works in exactely the same way for the e-agriculture del.ic.ious, Flickr and Twitter accounts. Please also feel free to contribute to the Knowledge Base and the News and Events sections on the e-agriculture website. The more people participate, the richer and broader will be the exchange. You can also set the stage for further forum topics through our new survey about the most important topic to be discussed regarding the role of ICTs in agriculture.

Mobile Telephony

The forum on “Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas” from 17 to 28 November 2008 examined the challenges that rural communities face in enhancing the benefits of mobile telephony, and looked at some examples of interesting initiatives and good outcomes from around the globe. Thanks go to over 150 community members from over 50 countries who participated in this exciting forum. Due to demand, we will keep this topic up on the portal by introducing a new page on key topics starting with mobile telephony. A final policy brief will be posted soon.

As follow-up of the Virtual Forum, Ms. Anna-Maria Walter has had the opportunity to speak with Christian Kreutz, Subject Matter Expert from the recent forum, and Mr. Naimur Rahman, head of the OneWorld office in South Asia. Christian shared his vision for the future of mobile phones in rural development with Anna-Maria, and Naimur talked about his experiences from the LifeLines India project.

1 to 12 December 2008 a group of 53 e-agriculture members from Asia took part in the Online Short Course “Networking in Support of Development”, a follow-up of the Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK). The e-learning course described how information and communication technologies (ICT) are not only a technology but also a medium for communications and concentrated on how the different levels of ICT in a country fit together to provide a workable means of communication. Alexander Flor, Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies at the University of the Philippines Open University, facilitated the course and introduced the various topics through a series of interactive lessons which were followed by web-based group discussions. Participants were also assigned a series of exercises and case studies to work during the course. Congratulations to those participants who completed the training successfully.

Knowledge Share Fair for Agricultural Development and Food Security
From 20 to 22 January 2009, Bioversity International, the CGIAR ICT-KM program, FAO, IFAD and WFP organized this innovative event. During the Share Fair over 700 participants had the opportunity to showcase, recreate and invent ways to share knowledge and improve access to it. The Share Fair covered various agricultural development and food security issues through several information sessions that focused on the knowledge sharing aspects of the initiatives. The outcomes are now available online through the event blog and many other forms of social media. Two sessions, the Rural telephony session and the sessionLeveraging Connections Amongst Networks”, were relevant to the e-agriculture agenda.


The e-Agriculture team is looking forward to Your contributions!