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 When they get there, classrooms can be crowded and facilities outdated.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 season,...
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.
Making a map has become relatively simple and inexpensive in the last few years. Anyone with access to the internet can find free high-resolution satellite images and web 2.0 applications to create and customize maps.
To build a stable business, farmers need information on a wide range of subjects. But farmers don’t want all the information; they only want what’s relevant to their specific needs.
Variation in domesticated crops is still used by plant breeders to emphasize desirable characteristics such as drought tolerance or pest resistance. Breeding for these traits helps farmers to maintain...