The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Wednesday, May 18 • 16:30 - 17:30
Assessing Use of Mobile ICT to Train Farmers FILLING

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Delivering high quality extension services, training in improved agricultural practices and better access to information for smallholder farmers is agricultural development in the global South. However, while the two other requirements for successful development of agricultural value chains, access to improved inputs and new market linkages, will scale due to their private sector delivery channels, farmer training has traditionally relied on face-to-face interaction with extension workers or corruptible word-of-mouth transmission. The way we do this has important consequences for the cost effectiveness of our projects.
Farm Africa tested the use of mobile technology as a possible alternative to the traditional 'farmer field school' approach in a sesame project in northern Tanzania. Farmers viewed interactive training modules in their local language, containing locally-produced videos and images on tablet computers. Results indicate that most farmers trained using tablets enjoyed the experience, and achieved similar increases in knowledge of sesame cultivation as those trained by demonstration plots, but for around a third of the cost, with further economies when scaled up. 96% of farmers trained with ICT introduced changes to their farming practices after viewing the tablet course.

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Steve Ball

Country Director for Tanzania, Farm Africa
Steve Ball is Country Director for Farm Africa in Tanzania. He has >12 years experience in rural development in Tanzania, working in both natural resources and agricultural development sectors. Previously to that he worked in the corporate IT sector in London as a Systems Archite... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30 EAT
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