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What Can We Learn From ICT4Ag in Ethiopia?


June 24th Washington DC Salon - RSVP Now

In Ethiopia, agriculture accounts for about 40% of the GDP and 80% of the labor force. From coffee, to beans, to oilseeds, cereals, and vegetables, Ethiopia could be the food basket of Africa - it is already Africa's second biggest maize producer.
At the same time, Ethiopia has Africa’s last big state-owned telecoms monopoly. Ethio Telecom is primarily a cash cow for the government, leaving mobile phone usage at 25%, when the rest of Africa is at 70%. In fact, less than 20% of farmers own mobile phones.
So how could ICTs, from mobiles to FM radio, to Internet-based services help Ethiopian farmers be more productive when ICTs are state-controlled? What innovations can we replicate elsewhere, and which ones will scale (or fail) when freed from regulation?
Please RSVP now for the next Technology Salon DC to explore agriculture innovations that are thriving in Ethiopia, and gain insights on how they could be adapted for other agriculture ecosystems. We'll have three noted experts on ICT and Ag to lead our discussion:ICT4Ag
  1. Judy Payne, USAID, is central to many ICT for agriculture efforts across the Agency
  2. Adam Abate, Apposit, is deploying cutting-edge ICT in Ethiopia across the agriculture sector
  3. Eric Couper, Abt Associates, spent two years advising the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
Collectively, we will dive deep into the Ethiopian context and seek to draw out lessons we can apply across the African continent, such as: Please RSVP now to join 35 of your learned peers in technology and international development for a lively yet informal discussion on the opportunities and challenges in using innovative technology tools of tomorrow to create real agriculture improvements today.
ICT4Ag in Ethiopia
DC Technology Salon
Tuesday, June 24th 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Downtown, Washington, DC

We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance: once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!


How Can Emerging Technology Strengthen Urban Resilience?


 RSVP Now for an interactive workshop in London

Technologies, such as smart phones and social media, have improved the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency preparedness and response by facilitating community participation, spreading life-saving messages and expediting service delivery.
As we enter the next generation of technology, we have an opportunity and responsibility to harness emerging tools – such as 3D printing, wearable technology and augmented reality – that people can use and adapt to strengthen their own resilience to crisis shocks.
As a Technology Salon subscriber, the Red Cross is pleased to invite you to an interactive workshop to explore how emerging and consumer technologies may improve and expand a community’s ability to prepare for emergencies, respond to increasing risk, and help urban dwellers bounce back quicker and stronger from natural disasters and other emergencies.
Emerging Technology and Urban Resilience
Thursday, 3 July 2014
8:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Central London, UK
Refreshments provided
This workshop will be the first in a global series.  Rather than concentrate on the tools that humanitarian organisations use, our goal is to start a new, multi-sector conversation focused on meeting the needs of urban communities through consumer technologies, including solutions that are, or will become, directly accessible to individuals and enhance their daily lives.
We will investigate how promising technologies can address the risks, needs and challenges that commonly delay or prevent individuals and communities from making a full recovery following emergencies.  We will explore practical, humanitarian applications and related technical requirements for these technologies as well as consider the ethical, political and security implications of their consumer use.

You can join too - if you RSVP now. RSVP is required for attendance.
The ideas and solutions generated in the workshop series will directly influence the design of pilot projects aimed at strengthening personal and community resilience in urban centres around the world.


About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salonâ„¢ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!
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