In the past few years, ICT initiatives in agriculture have proliferated and the resources devoted to ICT in development portfolios have expanded in the hope that ICT can help developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goals. Yet, rigorous field-tested knowledge about "what works and why" have been relatively scarce, as well as a deeper understanding of the enabling conditions and success factors in ICT for development initiatives.
As a result, there is a growing consensus in the development community that ICT will only become an effective and mainstream tool of poverty reduction and sustainable development if the proponents of ICT for development can provide more rigorous evidence, strategies, benchmarks, indicators, and good practices that are directly relevant to the core poverty-reduction and development priorities of developing countries and their international partners.
The online forum on the e-agriculture.org platform has been launched today and may be a good platform for discussing on e-Agriculture related issues at http://www.e-agriculture.org/forums/current-forum.
Keep in mind that the e-Agriculture Community both diverse and enthusiastic about the use of ICT in agricultural development, it will be great to hear from you all from other development areas who are trying to improve the impact of ICT in their own projects.
I hope you will find it an interesting and informative forum. We know that this is an important issue in ICT4D and believe that it will attract a significant amount of attention from the development community.
Remain to see your active contribution in coming days.
Thanks and best regards,
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