Innovative ICTs for scaling-up agricultural technology in Ethiopia

Innovative ICTs for scaling-up agricultural technology in Ethiopia
Innovative ICTs for scaling-up agricultural technology in Ethiopia
Innovative ICTs for scaling-up agricultural technology in Ethiopia

Agricultural extension officers are an invaluable resource for farmers looking to increase their yields. Extension officers can provide tips on combating a new disease, or advice on planting and post-harvest practices. Unfortunately, farmers living in remote areas infrequently interact with agricultural extension officers.
 
However, information communication technologies (ICTs) can bridge the distance between farmers and extension officers. Radio, combined with mobile phones to create ICTs such as beep-to-vote, as well as participatory community video, can engage farmers and provide them with information they need.
 
This innovative approach will combine radio and video to reach listening groups in select regions of Ethiopia. Participatory programs, led by local radio broadcasters, will promote quality seed and the production of wheat and maize, aiming to reach 900,000 farmers with the information they need to increase their yield.