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Plug & Play day at the AFAAS Extension Week

October 8, 2015

A unique opportunity to get a broader perspective of the ICT4Ag landscape and to identify viable areas for investment.

On 12 October 2015, CTA is organising a Plug & Play day in collaboration with the Global Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (GFRAS) and the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) as part of the 2nd AFAAS Africa-wide Agricultural Extension Week, scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa from 12 to 16 October 2015.

The power of new ICTs, like mobile technologies, the Internet and social media, is changing the architecture of agricultural knowledge exchange. The Plug & Play Day aims to expose farmers and the various actors involved in agriculture to some of these tested and booming innovative tools and applications from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, and give them the opportunity to try them out.

This edition of Plug & Play will enable the capacity of agricultural extension service practitioners to better integrate the tools into their activities. It will be a full-day event with the morning focusing on demonstration of the tools and the afternoon used to engage the practitioners on the viability of the tools for extension. A usability testing of selected applications by users together with usability researchers will also be carried out during the afternoon session. A broad range of ICT solutions using audio, video, web, animations, and mobile technologies will be demonstrated.

Stay connected for upcoming Plug & Play days

After the AFAAS Africa-wide Agricultural Extension Week, two Plug & Play events are scheduled for November 2015:

International Workshop on ICT-based solutions within the scope of the Global GIZ Programme on 'Innovation Centres for Agriculture and Food Sector'

  • Venue: International Training Centre, Feldafing, Germany
  • Date: 24 - 27 November 2015
  • Theme: ICTs for Value Chain Development in Agriculture
  • Format: Two days of intense demonstrations and interaction with programme representatives on the potential of selected ICT-approaches in the programme countries.
  • For more information, please visit the GIZ website.

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), African Edition

  • Venue: Durban, South Africa
  • Date: 30 November 2015
  • Theme: ICTs for Sustainably Increasing Productivity
  • Format: Half-day demonstrations with the possibility of the best innovation pitching to the entire GFIA audience during the closing ceremony.
  • For more information, please visit the GFIA Africa website.

Tech-dating for agriculture since 2013

CTA has a track record in organising Plug & Play events. The first of its kind was organised in Kigali, Rwanda during the 2013 ICT4Ag International Conference. Around 40 different innovations covering almost all components of the agricultural value chain were demonstrated.

In July 2014, the second Plug & Play event was staged in Nairobi during the Fin4Ag International Conference. About 15 innovations specific to agricultural finance were featured.

Another Plug & Play event was organised in Arusha, Tanzania in December 2014 during a market information systems (MIS) training workshop where ICTs and mobile platforms supporting MIS were demonstrated. Data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination as well as agribusiness activities such as tracking field activities, vouchers systems, subsidy programs were some of the functionalities showcased by these technologies.