Connecting the dots – roles for ICTs in agricultural extension services


ICT4Ag The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) recently convened a conference on ‘ict4ag – the digital springboard for inclusive agriculture.’ Held in Kigali, it brought together many innovations and experiences on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to build trust and deliver targeted real time information in agriculture development. The LIVES knowledge management expert Fanos Mekonnen participated on behalf of the project.

Mobile applications (both for dumb and smart phones) are emerging as promising options to inform smallholder producers and provide market information and advisory services.Experiences such as iCow, esoko , Farmer line, and mkisan  offer much to learn from.

Farmers use these applications to reach out to experts or to get market information, through SMS or voice mail. These tools and applications not only provide information; they develop capacity, create linkages and create inspiration to do and be more.

This event highlighted the…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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