Strategic issues in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the development of the Caribbean Agricultural Sector

Type of Document 3
Title of Journal
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Author Barton Clarke
Abstract The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) hosted a workshop for senior policy and decision makers of key Caribbean agricultural sector institutions to highlight the strategic use of information and communication technologies in development of agricultural institutions in the Caribbean region. The value of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in improving access to information required for decision-making, research and production in the agricultural sector is now well recognized. However, a number of institutions in the Caribbean region have difficulty in appropriate use and application of ICTs for maximum benefits. Participants identified an overall lack of awareness of the potential of ICTs to increase productivity and enhance competitiveness as a major constraint to full implementation of this new technology. Associated with this lack of awareness is an under utilization of available ICT resources and a reluctance on the part of policy makers to invest scarce resources in further development of ICTs for agriculture. A number of possible strategies were identified for sensitizing politicians and senior policy makers in the agricultural sector including the institution of ICT awareness programmes and activities at the CARICOM level.
Keywords Technology Agricultural Sector
Publisher CARDI
Language en
Date 1-08-2002
Subject MDG/s
Country/Countries Regional
Document file CARDI CAIS ' ICT Workshop Report - Final Draft 15.02.01.doc




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