14 experiences to be shared at CIAT’s internal conference on ICT4D
It is long overdue to position CIAT more explicitly in the domain of ICT4D (Information and communications technologies for agricultural research and development). We suggest doing so by sharing and documenting experiences, and carving out opportunities for future applications. CIAT staff has been invited to submit short proposals for an internal conference on ICTs4D to take place in the morning of Tuesday and Wednesday, October 13 and 14, 2015, from 8:30 am to 12 pm (UTC/GMT -5 hours).
The potential uses of information and communications technologies (ICT) in agriculture are virtually limitless. Mobile devices can provide smallholder farmers with inexpensive access to critical information, including market intelligence and financial, land use, risk management, and advisory services, all of which can help make agriculture more productive and competitive. (CIAT, policy brief no. 9, 2013). An internal conference will be the opportunity to share, and document 14 different experiences.
The internal conference is intended to provide CIAT staff with the opportunity to present own experiences, lessons learnt and recommendations, as well as to learn from experiences to envision possible future uses of ICTs in agricultural research for development projects. The event will entail 15-minute virtual and face-to-face presentations as well as panel discussions.
A virtual keynote will be provided by FAO on 10 years of E-agriculture: ICT4D – Trends and challenges.
The 14 experiences will be shared in 4 thematic sessions:
- Session 1: ICTs and communications for development
- Session 2: ICTs for data and information sharing among local stakeholders
- Session 3: Data collection using mobile devices
- Session 4: ICTs for Data management and sharing with scientists & partners
Virtual presentations and participation by regional CIAT will be facilitated.
A CIAT brief with summaries and conclusions will be published before the end of 2015.
Day 1: Tuesday, 13 October
8:30 – 9:15 Keynote FAO: E-agriculture – Lessons learnt about ICT4D
(25min virtual presentation, 20min discussion)
9:15 – 10:15 Session 1: ICTs and communications for development
- Video-based farmer extension: Emerging Pests and Diseases of SE Asian cassava.
Le Ngoc Lan and Louis Parker
- Participatory Video for Inclusive Research. Manon Koningstein
- Session leader and moderator of panel discussion: Nathan Russell / Juliet Braslow
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Session 2: ICTs for data and information sharing among local stakeholders
- Data sharing and use of ICTs in agriculture: Working with small farmer groups in Colombia. Fanny Howland
- Designing a 2-way information system for data capture and site-specific decision support: case-studies in Colombia. Sylvain Delerce
- Seeding Science Knowledge by engaging local experts. Anton Eitzinger
- Constructing an online information system for the Central America and Caribbean flagship of Humidtropics. Shadi Azadegan and Alejandra Mora.
- Session leader and moderator of panel discussion: Evan Girvetz / Leroy Mwanzia
Day 2: Wednesday, 14 October
8:30 – 10:00 Session 3: Data collection using mobile devices
- Implementation of mobile computing system to support the management of the operations in the CIAT genebank. Angela Hernandez
- Mainstreaming e-data collection in CIAT programs in Africa: The case of CultiAF Pre-cooked Bean Project. Eliud Birachi and Mercy Mutua
- Data collection with farmers in bean pest and disease management using the Open Data Kit. Warren Arinaitwe
- 5Q: closing the feedback loops. Manon Koningstein
- Session leader and moderator of panel discussion: Andy Jarvis / Carolina Gonzalez
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:45 Session 4: ICTs for Data management and sharing with scientists & partners
- LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems). Daniel Cruz
- Pan-African Beans Research Alliance (PABRA) database. Rachel Muthoni and Innocent Obilil
- Cassava Site. Luis Augusto Becerra
- SOFT (Selection of Forages for the Tropics). Belisario Hincapie
- Session leader and moderator of panel discussion: Steve Prager / David Abreu
11:45 – 12:00 Conclusions by session leaders