e-Agriculture.org 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 Mobile Telephony in Rural 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.
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I got a CD in the mail yesterday with the final report from the World Electronic Media Forum (WEMF III) that was held in Kuala Lumpur last December. I was invited to speak in a session on Role of ‘own-time media’/’any place media’ in the service of development. The session was chaired by Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information and the panelists were: Lucy Hooberman, Innovation Executive, Research and Innovation, BBC Future Media and technology; Seema B. Nair, Project Leader UNESCO India; Bruce Girard, Expert in community radio and local media, Comunica; and Kristine Pearson, Chief Executive, Freeplay Foundation.
The session report and a few photos that were included on the CD are below, along with a link to the full WEMF III report.
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Broadcasting, Voice, and Accountability: A Public Interest Approach to Policy, Law and Regulation has just been published by the World Bank. It doesn’t specifically address radio 2.0 issues, but without the policies, laws and regulations that permit independent broadcasting, there wouldn’t be much future for radio 2.0 or any other kind of radio… Read on for a brief description and links.
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The ICT for development community of the Development Gateway has collected a number of links to podcasts in a feature about “Podcast Libraries“. There is a mention of the SIRU (Sistema de información rural urbana) podcast experiment in Cajamarca, a largely rural province in northern Peru. The BBC programme Go Digital recently did an optimistic story on this project a few years ago, but the project never went beyond the pilot stage. There are also links to the OneWorld Radio development news service and AGFAX Radio, a monthly package of programmes featuring interviews about agricultural issues.
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In response to a request for information about projects with radio and ICTs, Yves Degoyan sent the information below about the Global Independent Streaming Support (GISS) project. GISS provides infrastructure and software for independent multimedia (including 10 or 15 radio stations, although at least some of these are internet-only radio).
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