Farmers go online

December 31, 2010 at 11:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Women from Suweida province receive computer training.

The world is going online – why should farmers be left behind? ICARDA and its partners have begun a new initiative to provide smallholder farm households – especially women and children – with computers, training and internet access. This is in response to requests made at the International Farmers’ Conference in Aleppo (see http://www.icarda.org/farmersconference/). The initiative is supported by the OPEC Fund for International Development. Five computers were distributed to farmers involved in a participatory plant breeding program in five villages in different parts of Syria. Once telephone lines are installed, the farmers will be provided with a modem to connect to the internet. The computers will help farmers share information with ICARDA researchers and with each other, and access online information on crop management. The community has developed informal guidelines to ensure that the computers are accessible to everyone, not just a few households.

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