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Countdown to the International Conference on ICTs for agriculture

The international conference ICT4Ag: the digital springboard for inclusive agriculture' which takes place in Rwanda from 4-8 November 2013 is fast approaching.

An international ICT for development community will gather in Kigali for the conference, which focuses on the use of ICTs in agriculture. ICTs play an exciting and innovative role in agricultural development, a fact expressed through the strong interest from around the world in the conference.

CTA and the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) have been joined by an impressive list of partners to help organize the conference events. Enthusiasm for the conference is such that CTA and MINAGRI are being approached almost on a weekly basis by other organisations wishing to become involved.

There will be many exciting events taking place during the conference. Sessions are grouped around specific agricultural themes. Topics range from emerging ICT innovation to capacity strengthening, stakeholder empowerment and engagement in agricultural and rural development processes, and enabling environments to reap the benefits of ICTs.

Plug and Play Day is shaping up to be a very attractive event with leading innovators showcasing their tried and tested ICT tools. The hands-on format of this event will allow participants to try out many of these tools and discover how they can be applied to their own settings.

The final day of the conference will offer participants the opportunity to see innovation ICT solutions in action through a number of field trips. More information on these will be available soon.

A hackathon will also take place during ICT4Ag. Teams of developers and entrepreneurs will be tackling difficult agricultural issues in a fast-paced competition, the goal being to produce innovative responses to the problems raised.

The conference exhibition is also in high demand with many of the available stands already snapped up. There are a limited number still available, but interested parties should make their booking soonest to avoid disappointment.

The six finalists of Media competition were announced in September, and will travel to Kigali for the finals. Contestants are judged on how well they cover the topic of ICT opportunities in agriculture, analysis depth, and the originality of approach.

CTA and all of the conference organizers look forward to welcoming you at ICT4Ag in Rwanda this November.

For more information visit the conference website.

Information for press/media contact: Andrea Ricciarelli (media2013@ict4ag.cta.int)

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