Thursday, 17 April 2008

Networking in support of development

The Community is invited by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) to participate in a free 4-day online e-learning course, which will take place for applicants in Africa on 6-9 May 2008. The deadline for applications is 23 April 2008.

The Networking in Support of Development Online Course will cover how different information and communication technologies (ICT) in a country - local, national and international - fit together to provide a workable means of communication, and the issues that affect each level. The course will include e-learning materials, online discussions, and individual assignments. It is one of many modules offered in The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK), a partnership-based e-learning initiative to train individuals and support institutions and networks world-wide in the effective management of agricultural information.

The course is aimed at anyone who is currently, or would like to be, involved in the development and use of information and communication technology to support existing communication traditions and networks, especially in rural areas.

The content of the course is as follows:Day 1 - Information and Communication Technology as media Day 2 - ICT's influence on the shape of the futureDay 3 - Costs and effectiveness of the links in the ICT chainDay 4 - Impact of regulatory frameworks on ICT choices and costs
For more details of the course and the link to the registration form, click here.

A course for applicants in Asia will be held in late 2008.

Just released: Emerging Issues in e-Agriculture - Policy Brief March 2008
Community members have identified the emerging issues and priority areas for strengthening information and knowledge systems for e-Agriculture.