Ten years ago, ICT Update published its first issue on gender and ICTs. Already back then, ICTs were transforming activities and services in support of improved agriculture and rural livelihoods.
Development is taking on a new meaning in ACP nations. The combination of affordable cell phones, broadband internet and high levels of demand for devices is boosting the computer software and hardware industries in many countries.
There are many models for bringing ICTs to rural areas of ACP countries. Donor agencies and governments have invested in telecentres, small-scale entrepreneurs have established village internet cafes,...
There are more than a billion people aged between 15 and 24 in the world, representing a significant proportion of the global population. More than 80% of them live in developing countries, where, in some cases, more than 50% are unemployed.
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.