e-Agriculture and its role in reducing unemployment and Hunger

Today, as it is typical of me I decided to make research on a very interesting topic. You probably would have heard of e-mail, e-commerce, e-business, e-governance, and if you love shopping: e-bay!But many who have heard of e-Agriculture probably don’t know what it means and how it affects them either as individuals or as Agric professionals, today I’ll be making a review of several articles I was able to gather on e-Agriculture and make it simple so that you can see it as cool as ever…a money making opportunity!According toe-Agriculture Community of Practice, e-Agriculture describes an emerging field focused on the enhancement of agricultural and rural development through improved information and communication processes. More specifically, e-agriculture involves the conceptualization, design, development, evaluation and application of innovative ways to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the rural domain, with a primary focus on agriculture.Which agency is leading the initiative?The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been assigned the responsibility of organizing activities related to the action line under C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life – and more particularly on e-Agriculture. In 2006, a multi stakeholder working group was set up, to guide these efforts and include:•Association for Progressive Communications (APC)•The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)•Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CTA)•UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)•Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)•Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)•Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)•Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)•Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)•International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD)•International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)•International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)•International Telecommunications Union (ITU)•World BankHow Does one Benefit from the e-Agriculture?As a Young Farmer, you can benefit by getting and sharinginformation among your fellow farmers around the world. Young unemployed Agri Professionals can tap into this untapped money spinner by bridging the gap between the rural farmers and the consumers or giving them information on weather, cheapest prices of seeds and inputs, planting tips and places to sell their goods at a good price within their locality.This is a challenge to unemployed Youths who flock the cities in search of what they call: greener pastures,in reality the greener pastures are found in rural farms, are they not? Of course, am not advising anyone to relocate permanently in the village and face hardship.However in order to feed the world population, we need to use e-Agriculture to:1) Reduce Agric produce loss and wastage resulting from lack of proper storage knowledge and lack of customers to the rural farmers.2) Share information of high yielding varieties to the farmer and where to buy them.3) Provide information on right planting time, spacing and other tips that will improve yield.4) Provide the right information on the use of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.5) Provide proper and efficient market information to enable profit to the farmer.6) And especially as the global warming and its effects are hitting hard on the farmers, they need to know the bestareas to plant to prevent their crops from been washed away by flood.Millions of rural farmers have access to phonesor at least has a phone that can make and receive calls, unemployed youths should utilize the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) channels likeBulk SMS, to create a platform for communication with these rural farmers and create time to physically see and encourage their work.At theYouth Policy Dialogue Seriesheld in Lagos, Nigeria Youths were encouraged to create and research more on the challenges faced by rural farmers and see how to use technology to proffer the solutions.This is a challenge to all unemployed youths reading this to create a platform such that they can charge $2(about N300) per day to farmers using the e-Agriculture channels available, I don’t know about you but if you think fast as I do then you should start talking to rural farmers about subscribing to your platform highlighting their obvious problems and telling them how you intend to solve them!The value chain of agriculture is very large;all Youths don’t need to head to the farm!We can encourage farmers and indeed improve their crop yield through e-Agriculture thereby creating employment for ourselves;together we will use e-Agriculture to solve the unemployment and food problem in the world!20151110091243

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