Mobile Technology and Social Media
Mobile phones are no longer a luxury item and have become a ubiquitous and essential part of our lives. Similarly, social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs have radically changed the way we interact and communicate. The many sessions under this theme highlight:
- innovative use of mobile telephony in agriculture
- how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have helped improve the bargaining power of smallholder farmers and provided a more direct link to markets
- the power and potential of social media in connecting people and creating local, national and global networks
- how social media tools can create conducive learning and sharing environments across geographical and language boundaries
Ethiopian livestock market information system: Using ICT to deliver information to rural communities (1)
At this session, participants will familiarize themselves with the LINKS market information system which automates collecting, analysis, storage and dissemination of livestock price and volume market information. The system provides complete price and volume data based on animal type, breed, age class, gender and grade at low cost. It integrates market information with livestock early warning system to delivery timely information to rural communities in Ethiopia.