20 November 2006

E-tech invasion of India's farmlands

Drawing on a number of initiatives involving ICRISAT, the author of this article in India's Financial Express describes how rural farm communities can stay connected with researchers and markets through an interface of ICT and distance learning methods.

Beyond the benefits to farmers, the author quotes the ICRISAT director general: "Technology-mediated and collaborative learning would be the major trend in higher and continuing education in agriculture in the future." He sees increasing use of e-technologies to: Support extension, outreach, certificate and in-service training programs; Build individual and institutional capacity through scientists and student exchange and training programs; and Provide locally/regionally relevant interdisciplinary short courses for professionals




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