Mobile phone's usefulness among farmers in Southern Bangladesh

Mobile phone has been an effective tool for rural and agricultural development. In a recent study conducted in Bangladesh, it revealed that most farmers used their mobile phones in obtaining and securing various crop farming information. The farmer-respondents sought information related to crop diseases and pest control followed by fertilizer management suggestions, and selection of appropriate crops and adequate vegetable species. However, the study revealed that farmers in Southern Bangladesh

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CSA shows potential to help women farmers in Nepal

A research study led by agricultural economist Arun Khatri-Chhetri found that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices could potentially reduce the burden of labor among women farmers in climate-risk and poverty hotspots in Nepal. These CSA technologies included zero tillage machines, weeders, and solar pump irrigation. Sound post-harvest management and practices such as direct seeding of rice, laser land leveling, and green manuring were also critical to labor burden reduction.

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FO-MAPP: An Interactive Online Database in Mapping Farmers' Organizations

Community-based farmers’ organizations represent and reflect the status of the rural farming communities. They’ve become the face of the small-scale farmers. These organizations played a key role in advancing farmer’s rights by lobbying policies for rural and sustainable development. They are involved in  improving food security, reducing poverty, and lowering unemployment. However, the lack of or minimal visibility of these organizations limit their mobility and ability to forge sustainable partnerships.

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Bangladesh: Desk Study of Extension and Advisory Services

In an effort to raise incomes and increase resilience of smallholder farmers and their families in Feed the Future countries, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project. This project is led by Digital Green in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CARE International (CARE) and multiple resource partners. DLEC will work with country stakeholders and USAID missions to

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ICT4AG Handbook

This handbook gives an overview of a broad range of technologies and can be useful for professionals engaged in agriculture extension, organizations working with smallholder farmers, implementors, donors and other public sector partners. Those interested in the use ICTs for development may also find the content relevant. Though this handbook is particularly aimed at agricultural professionals in Bangladesh, for sharing the various initiatives in Bangladesh and across the developing world,

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AMARC AP released PSA guidelines for CR campaign against COVID-19

AMARC Asia Pacific launches the “Community Radio Campaign against COVID-19” to complement the initiatives of community radios across the region. As part of this campaign, AMARC-AP has released guidelines in writing Public Service Announcement (PSA) to promote awareness and disseminate credible information about COVID-19 to the public. The Campaign website has made available scripts of public service announcements (PSA) that can be translated and broadcast by local broadcasters. Two types

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COVID-19: How Community Radios Broadcasting Coronavirus Education

To respond to the growing COVID-19 problem, eighteen Bangladeshi Community Radio Broadcasters have started broadcasting a program on Coronavirus Education. The program focuses on rural people and the precautionary measures needed to prevent infection. Bangladesh’s Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been mobilizing all community radios towards setting their programming to promote awareness on COVID-19.

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Mobile GAP Assessment System: New technology for family farms involved in QA schemes in Thailand

The Mobile GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) Assessment System is designed as a tool for farmers and Certification Body (CB) officers to list farm activities and newly adopted techniques which will later be assessed following the certification procedures. This works on both mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets with Android OS and also can work on notebooks and PCs. In 2013, a pilot project was launched in Samkha village in the northern region in Thailand that was successful.

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e-Krishok: A 360-degree ICT- enabled solution to empower farmers in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Institute for ICT in Development (BIID) service basket, e-Krishok is the concept of integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a 360-degree solution in agriculture: from pre-production to post-production levels.  BIID’s e-Krishok provides a 360-degree solution in agriculture which includes extension to market linkage to information to online trading. BIID’s flagship initiative consisting of different service components such as the information repository (www.ekrishok.com) including fact sheets, short code 16250,

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