This blog is modified from the originally published blog on ICTworks.
ICTforAg is a one-day conference which builds on ICTforAg 2015 and 2016, bringing together 300 thought leaders and decision-makers in agriculture and technology from the international development community and the private sector. Community-driven sessions examine how new innovations can empower smallholder farmers, and the communities that support them, through information and communication technologies (ICT).
We are looking for the ICT4D community to sign up to present or register to attend ICTforAg 2017 and examine these trends with an exciting mix of educational keynotes, lightning talks, and group breakouts. An evening reception will be held to foster networking across sectors. Session submission ideas are due April 14!
While this year’s conference takes a particular interest in new ICT solutions that can boost the productivity of both smallholder farmers and agricultural value chains, all possible ICTs, including traditional media platforms, agribusiness IT systems, and existing government support systems, will be discussed.
To answer the real challenges smallholder farmers and agriculture value chain stakeholders face, the conference will have four focus areas:
- Where are Digital Financial Services improving farmer finances?
- How can Digital Extension Services succeed where analog versions have failed?
- What does Private Sector Partnerships – Version 2.0 look like?
- Where is Climate Smart Agriculture having impact in mitigating increased variability?
Like previous conferences, ICTforAg 2017 will be a community-driven event. Please submit your ideas for presentations and session topics in one of the four areas listed above. Our aim is to create a day of intense exploration of the already possible and soon-to-be potential of tools like blockchain, drones, sensors, augmented reality, predictive analytics, big data, gamification, and automation, that will move us from talk to ICTforAg action.
Presenters and session leads will play a central role in developing the event and have their ticket costs refunded. Session ideas that also include voices from the field and these cross-cutting themes will be at an advantage:
- Gender equity
- Youth engagement
- Private sector engagement
- Climate change resilience
- Fragile and conflict environments
- Monitoring, evaluation, research and learning
Submit session ideas, register, and read more about the event here.