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Planning for the future of e-Agriculture - WSIS+10

June 11, 2014

The World Summit for Information Society (WSIS+10) High-Level Event takes place from 10-13 June 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. This event provides a platform for multi-stakeholder coordination of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes, with involvement and participation of all WSIS action line facilitators, other UN agencies and all WSIS stakeholders.

The meeting, will is organised under two tracks, the High-Level Track, consisting of formal statements, handing over of prizes, and endorsement of the Outcome Documents, and the Forum Track.

Ben Addom and Chris Addison will represent CTA at the event. They are speaking at a session organised by FAO and entitled 'e-Agriculture: Moving forward, building on 10 years of lessons learned in e-Agriculture. This session, which is held on Thursday 12 June from 16:45 to 18:15 aims to look to the future to be in better position to tackle challenges ahead. Exchanges held within the e-Agriculture community (over 11,600 members from some 170 countries) highlighted learning of valuable lessons from successful initiatives and provided key insights into the obstacles that should be addressed in order to improve access to information and the use of ICTs in agriculture and rural development. Other points raised include the need for bettering capacity development of individuals and institutions, strengthening equal access and empowerment as well as partnerships and the active implication of beneficiaries. These and other topics such as reducing ICT costs, financial sustainability and engaging with the private sector, will be discussed during this session.

Other speakers include Mr. Konrad Plechowski, IICD, Ms Samia Melhem of the World Bank Group and Ms Sophie Treinen from FAO.

All sessions at WSIS+10 will be streamed live. Anyone wishing to follow the discussions and to participate remotely in any of the sessions, can do so via either the Webcast Service or the Adobe Connect platform. Each session will have 10-15 for question from remote participants.

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