WorldAgInfo Site Visits

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In preparation for the two workshops, members of the WorldAgInfo Design Team carried out site visits to Asia (India and Sri Lanka) and Africa (Mali and Zambia). These included visits to agricultural universities, research institutions, extension organizations and farming communities.

The objective of these visits was to incorporate input from African and South Asian partners early on and to assist the team in identifying key elements and components of a collaborative agricultural information system, such as:

  1. Outlining and identifying particular problems with access to quality agriculture information;
  2. Identifying if there are critical knowledge gaps in agriculture;
  3. Who should be the target audience initially and could benefit most from access to this information; and
  4. What are the different technical environments across the Asian and African regions that must be accommodated.

The purpose of these visits was also to test local reaction at all levels, including government, private sector, higher education, extension, and small farmers, to some of the basic strategies to be considered during the workshops. These strategies include modular curriculum delivered via a variety of technological alternatives and developing more integral community-based knowledge systems. A full report for each site visit is available here.

Additional materials and an archive of the project web site can be found on the Internet Archive here.


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    Report on the WorldAgInfo Visit to South Asia (India and Sri Lanka)
    Maredia, Karim; Eicher, Carl; Allen, Dwight; Ochs, Mary; Terrill, Thane; Weebadde, Cholani (World Ag Info Project, 2007-06)
    Cornell University, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, hosted a Design Team charged with assessing agriculture information, education and knowledge systems in South Asia and Africa in order to provide a landscape view of information needs of smallholders and identify possible proposals to the foundation that address the ICT technology needs of smallholder farmers at the “first kilometer level.” This landscape analysis also focuses on the needs of others, such as agricultural researchers, educators and students, in the agricultural education/information chain. The foundation was preparing its new agricultural strategy with the input and involvement of stakeholders at the grass-roots level. As a part of this participatory and “bottom-up” approach, the foundation charged the Design Team to consult, interact and seek input from smallholder farmers and public and private institutions supporting smallholders in South Asia and Africa. This consultation process included site visits to South Asia in June and Africa in August of 2007 followed by two workshops focusing on the content and delivery systems and a combination of conventional approaches and modern ICT technologies. This report provides a summary of the meetings and discussions in India and Sri Lanka with various stakeholders and institutions, key observations, and preliminary recommendations based on the interactions and input from the stakeholders.
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    Report on the WorldAgInfo Visit to Africa (Mali and Zambia)
    O’Shea, Patrick; Terrill, Thane (World Ag Info Project, 2007-08)
    This report is designed to explore the major themes and issues that arose during the site visits to Mali and Zambia in August of 2007. This paper is broken into three sections, the first two being descriptions of the major themes/activities that we observed in each country. The final section lays out the major themes that came from this trip and from the South Asia trip.