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ICT to boost agriculture in Rwanda

16.07.2013

As Rwanda will host an international conference “ICT4Ag (ICT for development), the digital springboard for inclusive agriculture.” Rwanda is ready to introduce ICT mainly in this sector to boost its production.

This has been revealed during the ICT4Ag Hackthon Planning Meeting held in Kigali on Tuesday, 16 July 2013.

The conference will be hosted by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), co-organised by CTA and an impressive array of international organisations, the ICT4Ag conference will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 4 to 8 November 2013.

In this preparation meeting the Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana said that Farmers in Rwanda want to know how they can use new and existing ICT tools to boost their production.

Minister Nsengimana urges agriculture & ICT experts to see how new technologies can support the entire chain in agriculture process

On the other hand the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Agnes Kalibata said that new solutions will be introduced to boost agriculture sector in Rwanda; added that Youth will be able to bring new ideas which will be very useful to the whole African continent.

Over 400 participants are expected. Representing the public and private sector in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific and further afield, delegates will discuss how increased investment and adoption of ICTs in the agricultural sector will contribute to improved value chains and more effective advocacy and policy processes in agricultural and rural development (ARD).

Issues related to ICT trends and their impact on ARD, capacity building, enabling environments, scaling up and sustainability will also be discussed.

The conference will start with a ‘Plug and Play Day’ where delegates will discover and experience innovations, mobile applications and cutting edge ICT solutions in a truly informal environment.

A hackathon will run in parallel to the event, where IT developers will be challenged to create applications to address a specific agricultural issue. This pilot initiative, organized with East African ICT hubs and labs, will offer computer programmers a fantastic opportunity to display their skills.

The conference will end on 8 November with site visits to key ICT and agriculture projects.


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