Quick Guide: ICT a...

Quick Guide: ICT and Rural Livelihood Resources at FAO

infoDev has collected links to some useful online resources developed by FAO focused on the use of ICT to strengthen rural livelihoods:

Bridging the Rural Digital Divide

FAO, governments, and other international agencies are implementing a program on “bridging the rural digital divide.” The program website highlights new approaches to knowledge exchange, and offers a set of case studies, resources and links on ICT and rural livelihoods. http://www.fao.org/rdd/

E-learning on Information Management

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) offers distance learning resources, including tools and online community sites, covering issues in agricultural information management. IMARK is being spearheaded by FAO in collaboration with over 30 partner organizations. http://www.imarkgroup.org/

Information Management Standards

Agriculture Information Management Standards (AIMS) seeks to provide a "one-stop resource" for agriculture information system methodologies, standards and applications. http://www.fao.org/aims/

Agriculture Meta-Data Standards Initiative (AgMES) provides schema to support interoperability among agriculture information systems.  http://www.fao.org/aims/intro_meta.jsp

Portals & Online Libraries

The World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT) portal provides access to FAO’s websites, statistics, publications, maps, and multimedia resources. http://www.fao.org/waicent/

Library and Documentation Systems Division (GIL) provides access to FAO virtual libraries, document collections, and country related information.  http://www.fao.org/gi/gil/information_en.asp

Access to Global On-line Research in Agriculture (AGORA) provides free or low-cost access to over 900 major scientific journals in agriculture and related sciences to public institutions in 106 developing countries. The site lists developing countries that qualify for access. http://www.aginternetwork.org/en/

International Information System for Agricultural Science and Technology (AGRIS/CARIS) provides access to over 2 million bibiliographic references. Information is collected from AGRIS resource centers in 100 countries. http://www.fao.org/agris/search/search.do

Agricultural Libraries Network (AGLINET) is a voluntary network of agricultural libraries around the world. http://www.fao.org/library/_info_servicesEN/aglinetEN.htm

Early Warning and Agricultural Information Systems

The Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS) compiles information that is essential for providing bulletins on food crop production and markets at the global level, and situation reports on a regional and country-by-country basis. www.fao.org/WAICENT/faoinfo/economic/giews/english/giewse.htm

Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS) offers statistics, resource management systems, and information on aquatic species and acquaculture. http://www.fao.org/figis/servlet/static?dom=root&xml=index.xml

Information Network on Post-Harvest Operations (InPHO) provides resources on post-production issues to assist in preventing the loss of millions of tonnes of harvest due to inadequate handling and storage. http://www.fao.org/inpho/isma?i=INPhO&p=index.jsp&lang=en

LinKS (Biodiversity, Gender, Knowledge) provides information on the linkages between gender, biodiversity, and local knowledge systems. http://www.fao.org/sd/links/home/prima.html

World Information and Early Warning System on Plant Genetic Resources (WIEWS) fosters information exchange by gathering and disseminating information on plant genetic resources. http://apps3.fao.org/wiews/wiews.jsp

Rural Radio

FAO's Rural Radio program works with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) to provide agricultural information and fact sheets on agriculture and food security for rural radio producers. This information is shared within a global network of radio producers and has regular interaction with 52 FAO trained focal points throughout Anglophone and Francophone Africa. http://www.fao.org/sd/ruralradio/en/index.html

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