Online forum: Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas is a global initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by improving the use of information, communication, and associated technologies in the sector.

From 20-30 April 2009 e-agriculture will be hosting a virtual forum in Spanish on Telephony in Areas (Foro de telefonía móvil en áreas rurales). The forum is a continuation of an English-language initiative undertaken by e-agriculture in November 2008. Participants will examine the challenges that rural communities face in enhancing the benefits of mobile telephony, and look at some examples of interesting initiatives and good outcomes from around the globe.

Subject Matter experts involved in the forum include:

Expert & Lead Facilitator:
Bruce Girard – Director, Comunica

Subject Matter Experts:
Roxana Barrantes – Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
Héctor Carril – Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)
Mr. Marcelo Echague – Secretaría de Comunicaciones of Argentina
Marcelo Galarza – Fundación Chasquinet
Karel Novotny- Knowledge Sharing Coordinator Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Danilo Piaggesi – Inter-American Development Bank
Roxanna Samii – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Communications Expert and e-Agriculture Advisor
Michael Riggs, Knowledge and Information Management Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Lisa M. Cespedes, FAO

To participate in the forum you must register on the e-Agriculture platform at

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