As an output from the conference, Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa: New Challenges and Opportunities, which was organized by IFPRI with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission and took place in Addis Ababa on November 1-3, a Development Brief has been published by UNDP-Ethiopia.
The Brief makes a case for the adoption of ICT as a platform for providing knowledge and information for farmers in Ethiopia. Although Ethiopia has one of the most extensive extension and advisory service in the world, and deploys several extension agents who work with farmers at designated farmer training centers in the country, many farmers complain that they don't see extension agents. The use of ICT with face-to-face encounters would enable farmers to obtain the knowledge and information required for innovations in agriculture.
The Brief is written by Samuel Bwalya from UNDP-Ethiopia, and Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere and Wondwosen Tefera from IFPRI's Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office.