The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), supported by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), recently completed a report on the uptake and use of ICTs in the roots and tubers and small ruminants value chains in the Caribbean.
The following ‘key points’ were identified in collaboration with regional stakeholders:
• Increase awareness of the benefits of ICTs to the agriculture sector and build capacities at all levels, including farmers and producers.
• Build agricultural e-services that deliver information such as on land issues, special incentives and rebates and those that offer agri-business support.
• Support the development of online trade to facilitate links between producers, markets and consumers.
• Support greater involvement of young people in the sector to contribute to its modernisation, in particular through use of ICTs.
• Enhance use of ICTs in extension services.
• Promote the development of e-agriculture strategies.
• Improve regional coordination and harmonisation of efforts supporting ICT in agriculture.
• Modernise ICT infrastructure.