Lessons for sustainability – Failing to scale ICT4Ag-enabled services
ICTs have undoubted potential to boost agricultural production and value chains in ACP countries. But many efforts to introduce ICTs for this purpose have not been sustainable. What can we learn from their experiences? The stories in this booklet stress the importance of understanding the intended users, ensuring economic viability, fully promoting the service, and making sure the technology offered is the right solution to the problem.
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Introduction: Learning from experience
Sustainability lessons: ICTs for agriculture: Nine issues to address from day one
Chapter 1 Assessing demand from users for services to be provided through ICTs
Chapter 2 Considering technical difficulties with the development and use of ICT solutions
Chapter 3 Building up appropriate content for delivery through simple technologies
Chapter 4 Strengthening the capacity of small-scale farmers to use ICTs
Chapter 5 Considering costs for sustainability
Chapter 6 Working with traditional extension service providers
Chapter 7 Ensuring viable business models from the start
Chapter 8 Providing training, promotion and awareness of the tools
Chapter 9 Resolving internal and external responsibilities in implementing the service
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