ICT4AG Innovations for Value Chain Development and Pacific Agrihack Lab
DATE: 7 May 2018, 08:30 – 12:30 am
VENUE: Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva, Fiji
ICTs are playing an increasingly important role in transforming agricultural systems and in enhancing VC efficiency and competitiveness of agri-enterprises. They are also creating innovative economic opportunities for rural communities, including women and youth. In Fiji, there is high mobile penetration, increasing internet usage and a plethora of ICT applications have been identified; yet farmers and other stakeholders are unaware of the added value of these services. How can the agricultural community especially farmers on remote islands take greater advantage of ICTs to improve production and market efficiencies? Are there existing ICT Pacific applications and platforms or success stories from other regions that can be better optimised?
Aim of the Workshop
To identify key innovations and critical success factors that can contribute to the wider adoption of ICT4Ag solutions and applications in the agri-food and nutrition system in the Pacific. The findings and recommendations of the study on “Novel ICT Application for Pacific Agri-food and Nutrition Systems: Best Practices, Gaps and Opportunities in Fiji” will be validated and existing ICTs solution and applications in use by key stakeholders from the wider region and beyond with potential for regional adoption will be evaluated. The Pacific AgriHack Lab and a Call for existing ICT applications or prototypes in the Pacific Region will be launched.
This session is led by Bibhya Nand Sharma, Associate Professor, University of the South Pacific
Jiu Daunivalu, Chief Executive Officer, Fiji Crop and Livestock Council ‘The role and impact of ICTs in Agriculture in Fiji: Lessons from MPrices, MAlerts and Mpolling’