In a complex system like the agriculture value chain, coordination of roles is key as the actors collaborate to exchange resources. Successful coordination calls for appropriate communication approaches and media for smooth flow of resources from one stage to another and from one actor to the other. The importance of communication within the value chain is becoming clear especially with the surge to develop new and innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) for agriculture and food security.
Under the Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) contract, Integra has been exploring the role of the new technologies along the agricultural value chain for improved resource flow. Throughout our desk research, we have found that there are several discussions, and activities going on with the use of ICTs in agriculture and food security, and others specifically on value chain development. However, little is done to bring the two issues together.
The team has identified and selected over 125 ICT solutions (apps and projects) that apply to the various actors within the agricultural value chain, specifically for this initial stage of the project and has mapped out these tools along the chain. Our database is growing (please submit any apps or ICT solutions you think we’ve missed!), and we are constantly refining data.
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