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ICT4Agriculture in developing countries: Innovation and "the last mile"

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ICT4Agriculture in developing countries: Innovation and the last mile

This event is part of the Humanitarian Centre’s Global Food Futures Year and our “ICT4 . . .” series, which explores the role that ICT plays in global poverty initiatives, generously sponsored by ARM .

Please join us for a discussion to explore how agricultural innovations for improved food security and nutrition travel “the last mile” to smallholder farmers.

We are pleased to welcome our panellists for the evening:
  • Cliff Schmidt, founder of Literacy Bridge and Talking Book
  • Laura Crow, Sustainability Analyst for Vodafone, and an author of Connected Agriculture
  • Harsha Liyange, founder of Sarvodaya-Fusion, the ICT4D program of Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka
  • Benny Dembitzer, founder of Grassroots Africa and nobel prize winner
This will be a participatory conversation: we welcome practitioners, researchers, activists, entrepreneurs and others working in the areas to come question our panel and share their thoughts on such topics as:
  • Is the information & communication technology (ICT) infrastructure (mobile and internet) developed enough to benefit the poorest famers in the most remote areas? Can we reach women, the majority of smallholders, through ICT ?
  • Can ICTs help support person-to-person knowledge sharing and community extension services?
  • Are there lessons to be learned from “innovation sharing” models in other sectors, like health and education?
  • Are there examples of platforms for dialogue between the UK/Europe and developing countries that have been successful in creating real changes in food security and improved nutrition? What can we learn from successes and failures in this area?
  • And more!

As always, we’ll have drinks and time for networking after the discussion.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

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