ICT in Agriculture at the World Bank
CRS ICT4D 4th Annual Conference
March 27th-March 29th, 2012
Cory Belden
Why are we here?
ICT Context
Agricultural
Context
• The rise of rural connectivity
• Enormous diversity of applications
and software
Costeffectiveness
&
efficiency
• Centrality of agriculture to
development
• New and old challenges facing
agriculture
• Increased private sector involvement
---ICTs hold great promise for transforming agriculture, but research and
lessons learned are scattered and mostly anecdotal--www.ICTinAgriculture.org
ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook
Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge,
Networks, & Institutions
OVERVIEW
www.ICTinagriculture.org
www.ICTinAgriculture.org
Expanding Our Knowledge
THE SOURCEBOOK IS:
•Two-year long effort to synthesize and develop reliable information
about the potential of ICTs in agriculture and experiences
•Effort to spark enthusiasm about promising applications and tools
• Contributions from 50+ experts (internal and external)
• Over 200 examples from six regions (including OECD countries)
• Easy to use, modular structure—agricultural sub-sectors
• Challenges, key enablers, lessons learned...
THE SOURCEBOOK IS NOT:
• A cookbook!
• An academic paper!
• A policy report!
www.ICTinAgriculture.org
Module Topics
Cross-Cutting Themes
Access & Affordability
Markets & Value Chains
The Role of Mobiles
Supply Chain Inclusion
Gender Equality
Risk Management
Enhancing Productivity
Food Safety & Traceability
Increasing Productivity
Public Service Provision
Agricultural Innovation
Systems
Governance &
Participation
Financial Services
Land Administration
Farmer Organizations
Forest Governance
Agricultural Marketing
www.ICTinAgriculture.org
Apps, software, projects, and more apps!
Ones you’ve heard of…
• Reuters Market Light
Ones perhaps you haven’t…
•
Indiagriline
• MTZL
•
M-climate, Turkey
•
Shellcatch
• e-Choupal
•
RFID, Botswana
•
Agropedia
• Esoko
•
Biometrics
•
TIPCEE
• ACDI/VOCA
•
L3F (India)
•
SIBWA
• DrumNet
•
SOUNONG
•
KAINet
• Farm Radio
•
ZNFU SMS
•
TECA
• AgriManagr
• M-PESA
•
Nit. Sensors
•
Txteagle
• Grameen CKW
• IFFCO IKSL
•
• Nokia Life Tools
• Digital Green
• Ushahidi
• Kencall
• Kilimo Salama
• mKrishi
• And many more!
KAPC (carbon)
www.ICTinAgriculture.org
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How does the World Bank fit into the
global movement on ICT?
www.ICTinAgriculture.org
ICT Component in 1,300 out of 1,700 projects
Financial Management,
Procurement
Public Sector Governance
Economic Policy, Poverty
Reduction
Education
Agriculture and Rural
Development
Financial, Private
Sector
4 projects
100%
106 projects
98.1%
17 projects
89.5%
140 projects
85.9%
258 projects
81.4%
83 projects
78.3%
144 projects
78.3%
Social Protection
75 projects
72.1%
Environment
35 projects
71.4%
Urban Development
96 projects
70.1%
144 projects
64.9%
Water
77 projects
58.8%
Social Development
24 projects
58.5%
Energy and Mining
94 projects
56.3%
Development
Health, Nutrition and Population
Transport
BUT! 40% of projects do not achieve their objectives
AND! Over-focus on basic ICT tools (e.g. computers for admin)
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What’s next at the World Bank?
• Module on operational challenges (the ‘how’)
• Collaboration between ICT and ARD Sector Units (critical!)
• Building a roster of experts/community of practice (public & private)
• Trainings and workshops, conferences (like this one!)
• Focus on e-extension and M&E
• Continued updates on the website (following the evolution)
• e-forums with FAO & e-agriculture community (sharing)
• Additional analytical work (what works and what doesn’t and why)
www.ICTinAgriculture.org
e-Forums, two down with more to come!
PURPOSE: dissemination, learning, operations,
networking
With who? FAO, e-agriculture
community, companies, other agencies
First e-forum: Strengthening Agricultural
Marketing (Module 9), Dec 2011
Second e-forum: ICT Innovation for Green
Growth (Modules 11 and 5), March 2012
• 1,000+ views and 100 posts
• Summaries posted after forums
www.ICTinAgriculture.org
Discussion: Tough Decisions and Change Mgmt
• Tapping new ways of doing development work
• Supporting marketing with donor funds?
• Private “crowding in”– challenges & opportunities (getting past the pilot stage)
• Collaboration btn IT and sector expertise (design & other stages)
• Do we need to do some priority-setting?
• Analytics vs. trainings and creation
• Rural infrastructure vs. app development
• Client focus– is it really there?
• Knowledge sharing and learning
• What expertise does it take to create effective solutions and how can we
build them strategically in our agencies/NGOs?
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Resources
ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook (2011) and website
www.ictinagriculture.org
Agriculture Innovation Systems Investment Sourcebook (2012)
www.worldbank/ard/ais
What the website offers:
http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/clnFYFayZ
m-ARD Report (ICT Sector Unit & Intel, 2012)
http://bit.ly/GR9qrB
e-Agriculture & FAO online community (e-forums)
www.e-agriculture.org
e-Transform Agriculture Report
http://www.etransformafrica.org/sector/agriculture
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ICT in Agriculture at the World Bank