Wednesday, 21 May 2008

UNECA and the promotion of national e-agriculture strategies

Sizo Mhlanga, Regional Advisor ICT Policies and Strategies of UNECA - Addis Abeba, elaborates on how so far only 3 African countries have developed an e-agriculture national strategy (Swaziland, Rwanda and Malawi).

Many governments prioritise e-governance strategies where only the administrative part of agriculture is covered. He calls for FARA to help implement e-agriculture strategies where national policies already exist.

The Government of Rwanda has received a Grant from the World Bank for the implementation of its eGovernment strategy. This Grant has been provided under the eRwanda project which is being implemented by the Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RITA). The eRwanda Project will support the Ministry of Agriculture in developing a Market Price Information System that will leverage on the power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of MINAGRI’s process of collecting, processing, dissemination and diffusion of market information including market prices and other relevant data.