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ICT4Ag, the ICT for development event you should attend this year

Billed as the only ICT for development event you should attend this year, the international conference ICT4Ag the digital springboard for inclusive agriculture is certain to attract the brightest and best from the world of ICTs.

Co-hosted by CTA and the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and supported by an impressive array of international organisations listed below, this event offers participants the chance to discover exciting opportunities and cutting edge technologies. Representing the public and private sector in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific and further afield, delegates will discuss how increased investment and adoption of ICTs in the agricultural sector will contribute to improved productivity, better access to markets as well as more effective engagement in policy formulations of farmers and other rural dwellers. In addition, they will share ideas and knowledge, discuss new approaches, best practices and experiences. Issues related to ICT trends and their impact on agricultural and rural development, capacity building, creating an enabling environment, scaling up and sustainability will also be discussed.

The conference will take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 5-7 November, 2013. It will be preceded by a Plug and Play Day (4 November) to discover and experience innovation, m-apps, web 2.0, social media pro and cutting edge ICT solutions in an informal environment. A 4-day hackathon[1]will start on November 4 and run in parallel to the event. November 8 will be reserved for a field visit. An exhibition on ICT innovations for agriculture will be in place along the conference.

Register for the conferencebefore 21 July and save 20% off the total conference price with our Early Bird discount. For those seeking sponsorship to attend the conference, please see the information under Scholarships for ACP nationals.

Acall for contentwas launched on 17 May inviting interested resource persons to take part in the conference by entering high quality submissions talks, case studies, stories and solutions that will inspire, teach, and provoke discussion.

ICT4Ag also launched acall for innovationsfor the pre-conference event Plug and Play Day which takes place on 4 November 2013. Proposals are being solicited from interested apps/tools/solutions developers as well as techies who can teach, demonstrate or showcase apps/tools/solutions for agriculture and rural development at the conference.

Both the Call for Content and the Call for Innovations submissions should address the following major streams:

  1. Emerging innovations in ICT supporting Agriculture and Rural Development
  2. Capacity strengthening and stakeholder empowerment for improved engagement in agriculture and rural development and in related policy processes
  3. Enabling environments for the agricultural sector to maximize benefits from ICTs

Proposals may be submitted online until the 9th June 2013 and must be in either English or French.

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We look forward to welcoming you in Kigali!

Associated organisations include Agri-ProFocus Rwanda, CGIAR, EU Delegation in Rwanda, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), FAO, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), FHI 360, IFAD, IFPRI, IICD, ILRI, infoDev (World Bank), Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC), KINU, the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), NEPAD, Rwanda Telecentre Network (RTN), University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC Okanagan), UNITAR, USAID, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), World Bank, and Yam Pukri Association



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A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in development collaborate intensively to develop an ICT application or a technical solution during a few days. The hackathon planned during the ICT4Ag conference will address an agricultural information or knowledge dissemination issue. CTA will collaborate with ICT hubs, and key agricultural stakeholders to implement this activity.