Mobile phones are the success story of bridging the rural digital divide, bringing tangible economic benefits and acting as agents of social mobilization through improved communication. But what are the real challenges that face reaching rural areas, and what are some of today’s most beneficial applications that can help these rural communities, specifically regarding agriculture development?
This Forum will examine the challenges that rural communities face in enhancing the benefits of mobile telephony, and look at some examples of interesting initiatives and good outcomes from around the globe.
Subject Matter experts include:
- Pete Cranston, ICT and New Media in Development Consultant
- Jawahar Kanjilal, Global Head of Emerging Market Services, Services & Software, Nokia
- Christian Kreutz, Consultant, Knowledge Activist
- AHM Sultanur Reza, Additional General Manager and Head, Community Information Center, Grameenphone Ltd.
- Luca Servo, Knowledge Manager and Online Communities Expert, FAO
- Nigel Scott, Gamos Ltd
- Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Communications Expert and e-Agriculture.org Coordinator
- Michael Riggs, Information Management Specialist for the Asia-Pacific region, FAO
Register on the e-agriculture platform, if you haven’t already done so. Go to http://www.e-agriculture.org/regform.html