ICTs and Extension
Extension, ICTs and Knowledge Management: The 10 difficult questions
ICT enabled extension offers new opportunities for bridging the knowledge gap in Indian agriculture. But several critical challenges still remain. Instead of asking “what ICTs can do for extension", it is time to ask how "how extension can harness ICTs in existing contexts, argues Dr Shaik N Meera.
Delivering Agro-advisories Through Mobile phones-reality Check?
Though mobile phones promise new opportunities for reaching farmers with agricultural information, its potential remains unutilised due to several institutional and infrastructural constraints, argues, Surabhi Mittal and Mamta Mehar.
Co-Developed Content Through Agropedia - Experience So Far
While India witnessed rapid improvements in its ICT infrastructure, it continues to face serious challenges with respect to provision of relevant content. Initiatives such as “agropedia” evolved mainly to address this challenge in the field of agriculture.argues Kiran Yadav and N T Yaduraju.
AgriLORE- An Innovative Content Management System
Open and distance learning systems of education can potentially help farmers and extension staff in accessing new knowledge provided good quality learning materials are made available, argues B.S Hansra and P.K Jain
Enhancing the potential of quality videos for farmers
Dr Paul Van Mele and Dr Jeffery Bentley share their experience with use of videos in agriculture and how “Access Agriculture” is making a difference in this area.
Skills, Scale and Speed: Harnessing MOOCs for Large Scale Capacity Development
In this blog, Dr V Balaji shares his experience of using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in the area of Mobiles for Development.
Social media: New generation tools for agricultural extension ?
Though Social Media applications can be effectively used by extension and advisory services, lack of awareness and skill about its use currently constrain its widespread use, argues Saravanan Raj and Suchiradipta Bhattacharjee in this blog.
Agrowbook.com: Will this address the information needs of Agricultural Stakeholders?
Agrowbook.com is an initiative of Input Agri Tech Pvt Limited incubated in a-IDEA (Technology Business Incubator) @ NAARM (National Academy of Agriculture Research and Management). Subhash Lode who founded Agrowbook.com discuss the features of this initiative here.
Online Strategies to Market Farm Produce
As farmers continue to struggle with increasing uncertainties in the Market, online marketing strategies have come as a blessing, argues Dr. Mandeep K Pujara.
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES - Big Data and Internet of Things in Strengthening Extension & Advisory Services
Future Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) needs to strategize convergence of big data with disruptive technologies such as mobile/cloud computing, Internet of Things, location-based social networks etc. Dr Shaik N Meera presents a framework to exploit these developments to strengthen EAS provision in this blog.
Are Cell Phones Useful As Learning Tools For Students?
Students are accessing cell phones every day for several hours and even during classes. As teachers, can we use this media to enhance our teaching? Dr S Ramkumar and Mr D V Sivaji explore the issue in this blog.