The e-Sourcebook is operational in nature, with practical examples and case studies from all five regions where the World Bank works. It aims to provide both technical and policy guidance to a diverse group of development practitioners and decision makers in:
- Understanding current trends in information and communication technologies (ICTs) as they pertain to agriculture as well as the contributions that ICTscan make to enhance agricultural strategies andinterventions
- Designing and implementing appropriate and sustainable ICT components for agriculture projects
- Building effective partnerships — public and private — to promote ICT access and innovation for agriculture
- Evaluating the impact of these interventions
- Including ICT in policy dialogue and planning with country counterparts on agricultural and rural development goals and priorities
Information and communications play a vital role in agricultural development and in rural development more broadly. The role that ICT can play as an instrument of change is potentially transformative, although its ultimate impacts will be contingent on getting affordable individual technologies such as mobile telephones into the hands of the most important agents. These include smallholder farmers and traders, with particular emphasis on women, and a variety of other agents to whom the technologies provide access including entrepreneurs, service providers, and researchers.
The connectivity offered by new technologies, applications, and business models is a powerful means of inclusion, making smallholders in particular more knowledgeable in their understanding of opportunities, risks and options.
Overview of forthcoming e-Sourcebook