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Digital extension

Digital technologies for extension services are playing an increasingly important role in reshaping the agrifood sector, and those trying to introduce such technologies must overcome enormous challenges to succeed.

This series showcases the impact brought about by such services and reflects on how to speed up this process  so farmers worldwide can get access to great decision-making tools.

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What are some technologies commonly applied in extension services?

Radio and Television

In the digital age, radio and television continue to play an important role in reaching farmers.

Videos

Including videos produced by farmers for farmers to exchange best agricultural practices and boost productivity and nutrition.

Mobile phones and Smartphones

Mobile phones either use voice, text or photos to support the farmer/extensionists interaction.

Webinar – Adaptative extension: addressing the diversity of smallholder farmers

Webinar – Adaptative extension: addressing the diversity of smallholder farmers

The Data-Driven Agronomy Community of Practice webinar on digital extension programs and how to provide tailored information to farmers and farming communities.
2020 Convention session - Extension Agent of the Future

2020 Convention session – Extension Agent of the Future

This session by the Data-Driven Agronomy Community of Practice aired live at the virtual 2020 CGIAR Convention on Big Data in Agriculture.
“Hola Talia”- Boosting extension service through AI

“Hola Talia”- Boosting extension service through AI

An Inspire 2020 winning project that proposes to create TALIA, the first agricultural advisory hotline operated entirely by state-of-the art AI. Through a pilot in Costa Rica, using unstructured and structured data from research and extension partners the project will train an established natural language processing technology, IBM Watson, to become an AI-driven agricultural extension agent.
Leveraging digital tools for adaptive food systems in India during the COVID-19 lockdown

Leveraging digital tools for adaptive food systems in India during the COVID-19 lockdown

A look at how digital tools and technologies have been and could be used to overcome coronavirus-related challenges to agricultural supply chains.
Investing in better bang for the extension buck

Investing in better bang for the extension buck

In Tanzania, overstretched extension services co-designed a tool that gives farmers 24-hour access to pre-recorded agricultural advice to facilitate extension work.
Democratizing data

Democratizing data

The iHub incubator at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad is working to truly “democratize data”.
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