ICTs are helping small-scale farmers along every step of the value chain. Computer software enables groups of farmers to manage their combined stock and organise into cooperatives.
Farmers in ACP countries face increasingly unpredictable weather conditions, where late rains wash away newly planted seedlings or crops are scorched in dry soil before they are ready for harvesting....
ICTs have become essential for delivering agricultural information to rural farmers. The technology provides the NGOs, research institutes and international organisations that have taken over extension...
As global food prices remain volatile, ACP farmers are trying to stabilise and improve their incomes by exploring new market opportunities or looking for new markets to sell their goods.
Many ACP governments are in the process of writing new policies or reviewing existing guidelines to ensure that their country is well prepared to take advantage of the latest developments in ICTs.
Rural communities in ACP countries are using ICTs to preserve and restore forest resources. Farmers use cell phones, radio and the web to find new markets for non-timber products, such as seeds, nuts and fruit.
Children living in remote areas often have to travel long distances to get to their nearest school. When they get there, classrooms can be crowded and facilities outdated.
Mobile applications first came to prominence in 2008 when Apple launched its App Store, an online service where customers could download applications, essentially software, for the iPhone.
Figures from the FAO show that irrigation can increase crop yields by up to 400%. Developing a reliable system to water the land all year round gives farmers the chance to plant crops in the dry...
Working together in a cooperative has many advantages for farmers. Collating their harvested crops means they can sell in bulk, demand better prices and have greater bargaining powers with buyers.