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
Providing food assistance using modern technology (199)
Growing hunger raises the stakes for efficient delivery of cash and food assistance. This session will address the use of modern technologies to deliver large-scale cash and voucher-based food assistance. It will present findings from around the globe (Philippines, Syrian Arab Republic, Zambia, Occupied Palestinian Territory) on technologies such as mobile banking and other digital or biometric solutions to identify beneficiaries and deliver and monitor services. The goal of the session is to build partnerships with other agencies and people working in similar domains.