Report on the WorldAgInfo Visit to South Asia (India and Sri Lanka)
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Maredia, Karim; Eicher, Carl; Allen, Dwight; Ochs, Mary; Terrill, Thane; Weebadde, Cholani
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.
WorldAgInfo Project site visit report
World Ag Info Project
Information Systems; Agriculture; ICT; Agricultural Development; International Development; Agricultural Education