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Crop Science Abstract - Transforming Agricultural Science, Research, and Technology Generation

Information and Communication Technologies—Opportunities to Mobilize Agricultural Science for Development


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  1. Vol. 50 No. Supplement_1, p. S-63-S-69
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    Received: Sept 23, 2009

    * Corresponding author(s): p.ballantyne@cgiar.org
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  1. Peter Ballantyne *a,
  2. Ajit Marub and
  3. Enrica M. Porcaric
  1. a International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), P.O. Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    b Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), c/o FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy
    c CGIAR ICT-KM Program, c/o Bioversity International, Via dei Tre Denari 472/a, 00057 Maccarese, Italy


Knowledge, information, and data—and the social and physical infrastructures that carry them—are widely recognized as key building blocks for more sustainable agriculture, effective agricultural science, and productive partnerships among the global research community. Through investments in e-Science infrastructure and collaboration on one hand, and rapid developments in digital devices and connectivity in rural areas, the ways that scientists, academics, and development workers create, share, and apply agricultural knowledge is being transformed through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). This paper examines some trends and opportunities associated with the use of these ICTs in agricultural science for development.

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