During the AFITA, IAALD and WCCA World Conference on Agricultural Information and IT held in Atsugi (Tokyo), Japan, from 24 to 27 August 2008, GFAR organized a pre-conference workshop titled "Adoption of ICT Enabled Information Systems for Agricultural Development and Rural Viability", four sessions titled “Extension Service / Rural Development / ICT Adoption / Policy” and a wrap up plenary session which hosted a panel discussion of the workshop and session reviews .
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Program of the pre-conference workshop sponsored by GFAR:
Workshop First Session – Global aspects
Workshop outline – A.Maru, E. Gelb
Rob Fairley (US) - Global digital divides and the effects of technology use on educational outcomes.
Stephen Rudgard (FAO) - ICT adoption linking Research and Extension
Workshop Second Session – National Aspects
Karel Charvat (Czech Republic) – The role of EFITA as an International ICT Organization
Nori Nakamura (Japan) - Review ICT Adoption for Agriculture of surveys in Japan
Virupakshagouda Patil (INSAIT, India) - Web Based Agricultural Extension In India
Iraj Namdarian, (INEA, Italy) - Italian rural ICT deployment and availability at farm and e-government level
Jenny Brogden (UK) - Government priorities in Closing Rural Digital Divides
Workshop Third Session – ICT Adoption Thematic Issues
Sjaak Wolfert (EFITA) - Information Sharing in Agri-Food Supply Chain Networks
Divine Njie (FAO) - Status of adoption of information related to markets and agribusiness
Roxanna Samii (IFAD) - Role of ICT as enablers for agriculture and small scale farmers
A full Report of the pre-conference workshop is available.