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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Monday, May 16 • 16:00 - 16:45
mAgriculture: Increasing Efficiency and Improving Livelihoods FULL

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Mobile technologies are greatly improving the quality and timeliness of services delivered by agricultural extension workers to farmers while at the same time increasing accountability and making reporting more efficient. However, as compared to other "m" fields, such as healthcare (mHealth), there has been relatively less attention to "mAgriculture", e.g., with fewer dedicated conferences and less funding.

In this presentation, Dimagi Field Manager Nele Groosman will present the wide range of ways that the CommCare mobile platform has been used in agriculture. Although originally designed for community health workers, CommCare has been deployed for four major sub-sectors of agriculture: Agricultural Extension Advisory, Value-chain Logistics, Cooperative Management and Support, and Financial Services. These use cases cover many points in the agricultural supply chain, to help agricultural programs increase efficiency and improve the livelihoods of stakeholders in of those involved in rural agriculture.

Nele will describe the process of designing and developing applications for agricultural initiatives. Participants will learn about different potential application of mobile technology to support agricultural development, as well as the challenges and considerations that come with designing and piloting ICT tools in low-resource rural settings. Dimagi has implemented 55 agricultural projects in 19 countries to date.

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Nele Groosman

Field Manager, Dimagi
Nele is passionate about using mobile technology to improve access of goods and services to rural communities. At Dimagi, she has developed numerous CommCare mobile applications for social enterprises that deliver clean water, solar lighting, health products, and agricultural inputs... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 16:00 - 16:45 EAT
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