Bangkok (Thailand), 17 September, 2010
Various e-initiatives of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for knowledge sharing among stakeholders in agriculture were complimented at the workshop on ‘ICT/ICM for National Agricultural Research Information Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region’ held at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand (14-16 September, 2010).
While making country presentation, Dr. T.P. Trivedi, Project Director, Directorate of Information and Publication of Agriculture (ICAR), elaborated the major e-initiatives which included free and online open access of the research journals, user-friendly website, e- farm science centers (KVKs) and mobile advisory services for the farmers. He hoped that with active involvement and participation of all the stake holders, a knowledge society may be created without any digital divide. ‘More far-reaching, participatory and ICT driven technology delivery systems would be evolved for effectively linking research with its stakeholders ’, he added.
Organized with the main objective to identify mechanisms to strengthen Asia-Pacific Agricultural Research Information Systems (APARIS) for efficient exchange of data, knowledge and technologies in the region, experts from FAO, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) and nodal officers from 22 countries from Asia-Pacific region participated in the workshop.
Dr. Raj Paroda, Executive Secretary, APAARI emphasized that ICM strategy should be formulated by the member countries for coming together for knowledge sharing by the various audiences. ‘In the first step websites should be linked for wider awareness and quick transfer of knowledge to small farmers’, he suggested. Participants were oriented towards coherence in information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) initiative and were motivated to equip themselves to contribute to the CIARD Roadmap to Information Nodes and Gateways (CIARD RING). A roadmap was drawn for follow up by the member countries.
The workshop was jointly organized by APAARI, FAO, GFAR and AIT.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)