Podcasting has been around since 2004 but it is still very much at the experimental stage when it comes to applying it to development efforts. In this issue we highlight some early initiatives from...
Traditionally, the major banks have been reluctant to extend their services to rural communities in developing countries. It is simply not profitable enough for banks to set up branches in ‘the middle of nowhere’.
Developing countries will suffer far more from the impacts of global warming than the big polluters in Europe and North America. Soil erosion and desertification will affect ACP countries far more than Europe and North America.
In the last ten years, the prices of digital video cameras have dropped almost as sharply as those of mobile phones. This, together with the advent of cheap desktop video-editing software aimed at the...
At some point over the course of 2005, notes urbanist Mike Davis in Planet of Slums, an investigation into the world’s poorest cities, the world’s population made the epochal shift from rural to predominantly urban.
The European Union, the United States, Australia, Japan and other Northern regions have over the last few years introduced tough new traceability requirements covering farm products entering their ports.
As many other parts of the world, ACP countries have seen their soils severely degraded over the last 100 years, largely due to overcultivation, overgrazing, extensive fuelwood gathering, increased...
This issue of ICT Update focuses on precision farming, an advanced e-agriculture application that ICT experts are calling a true agricultural revolution. Still in its infancy, precision farming...
For African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries sustainable agricultural and rural development is crucial in the efforts to eradicate poverty. Accordingly, the discussions of WSIS-2 should urgently...
At the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly held in Bamako, Mali, in April 2005, governments declared that ‘the development of agriculture remains an essential component of economic development...