Innovation Workshop: Global Best Innovative Practices in Agriculture

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  • 1. Global Best Innovative Practices in Agriculture Hasanuzzaman Policy Associate Access to Information (A2I) Programme30th November 2013

2. Outline Defining innovationsGlobal best innovative practices in agricultureState of affairs in BangladeshWhat next 3. Defining innovations E-Governance Bangladesh: an outlier from the global discourse perspective SPSInnovations Time,NOT BPR Cost,Visit and ultimatelyQualityMethodology and objectives Inform global best innovations in agriculture UNDESAs Public Service Awards 2003-11 and 2012 European Commission, World Bank, IFPRI 4. Global best practices 5. Global best practices 6. Global best practices: 2003-11 World Development Report (WDR) 2008: Emphasis on contract farming and Producers Organizations (POs) Small-farm production suffers to adopt technological innovations Contract farming can overcome this and deliver scale benefits Technological change has been a major factor shaping agriculture in the last 100 years A comparison of agricultural production patterns in the United States 1920 and 1995 Harvested cropland declined (from 350 to 320 million acres) Agricultural labor decreased (from 26 to 2.6 percent), People employed in agriculture declined (9.5 million to 3.3 million) Yet, agricultural production 3.3 times greater in 1995 than in 1920 7. Global best practices: 2003-11 InitiativeCountryAwardProblemInformation Network Village ProjectRepublic of Korea2011Participatory Irrigation ManagementThailand2011Loss of price competitiveness of major domestic agricultural products resulted in the impoverishment of rural communities Including water users in the planning, design, operation and maintenance of the water reservoirsInnovation Establishment of INVIL (Information Network Village) creating information network environments and improving the income of residents through ecommerce in agricultural, fishing, and mountain regions usually excluded from information networks. Water service accountable, providing water for irrigation to farmers at affordable levels thus ensuring multi-farming and crop diversification. Farmers empowered in water management decision-making at every level of any irrigation scheme 8. Global best practices: 2003-11Initiative Gauteng Integrated Decision SupportCountry Award South Africa2011ProblemInnovation Integrating all four ArcExplorer software, the GIS line functions into was integrated to enable data to Geographical be stored from all of its line Integration System functions and to be made (GIS) in order to widely accessible to internal and allow full access to external stakeholders key stakeholders. The sub-sectors of environment, Lack of compatibility conservation and agriculture among the line benefitted greatly from the functions of the GIS product 9. Global best practices: 2003-11 InitiativeCountryAwardIntegrated and Sustainable Development of the Pratigi Environmenta l Protection AreaBrazil2010Problem Pratigi district characterized by deep environmental and socioeconomic imbalances, agricultural dependant on the use of primitive, inefficient farming methodsInnovation Emphasis on decentralization that led to socio-political and paradigmatic institutional improvements Opening of educational opportunities paved the way for new economic prospects, by developing new capabilities geared toward agricultural cooperatives, product processing and commercial distribution Agricultural and aquacultural production processes were conducted with modern technology that used less land to achieve abundant crops 10. Global best practices: 2012 Initiative E-Soko (agricultural market information platform)Country RwandaProblem Lack of access to easy access to information on the market price of agricultural products, where over 75% of the population depends on the agricultural business Innovation Designed and developed through the use of ICT to empower farmers to enable them to make effective market decisions, based on the information provided, which covers more than 60 agricultural products in the countrys 41 markets. Managed on the web and delivered to farmers, agri-business, and the government via mobile phone, which has experienced explosive growth Information empowers farmers with giving them bargaining power to make better decisions and improve their income by eliminating middlemen who take advantage of a farmers lack of market information 11. Global best practices: 2012 Initiative Digital GreenCountry IndiaProblem Innovation Small Targeted production and dissemination of farmers agricultural information and education struggling to Provides an electronic platform for small and remain marginal farmers, experts and government/NGO financially officers to access various agriculture related and information economically Establishment of an on-line community ensuring viable targeted agricultural information is disseminated to small and marginal farmers in through the use of ICT tools and videos Farmers learn about the latest farming information, and share experiences while extension officers can better understand the conditions that the farmers are faced with and determine their immediate needs 12. State of affairs in Bangladesh USAID (2013) Bangladesh well-positioned to effectively start using ICT for agricultural extensionNational Agricultural Extension Policy under revision e-agriculture has been added as one of the nine principles of the policy Policy includes PPPs in extension, research-extension-farmer linkage and one-stopshop approach with Farmers Information and Advice CentresDigital Bangladesh: envisages providing each Union Parishad with facilities that provide internet access to the population to improve linkage to information and government servicese-Tathyakosh (infokosh) and pipilicaKatalyst case studies 13. Problem: Identify and examine through group discussionsSolution: Find possible ways of dealing with the problemImplementation: Effective on-the-groundA2I: Advisory, financial and policy support 14. Thank you hasanuzzaman@a2i.pmo.gov.bd