Presentation by Harsha de Silva, CTO Forum 2004: ICT : Business and Development
20-21 September, Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization’s (CTO) second annual forum was held in Colombo this year, on September 20-21. Subtitled the biggest annual Commonwealth ICT event, participants included director-level delegations from member countries and representatives of its sector members. The aim of the event was to bring together ICT sector stakeholders and strengthen their ability to go on meeting the challenges of accelerating Universal Access, bridging the international, as well as urban-rural digital divides, and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. A great deal of emphasis was placed on the increased use of fixed and wireless broadband technologies, such as VSAT to achieve ICT4D objectives.
In this context, the Govi Gnana Service, or GGS an innovative ICT solution to agricultural price volatility and resulting agricultural poverty in Sri Lanka was presented by Harsha de Silva of e-development labs. The Govi Gnana Serviceis one of the ICT Agencys pilot projects under the umbrella of eSri Lanka. Explaining that a compounding problem faced by Sri Lankan farmers is the lack of information on prices and demand for their produce, resulting in farmers not getting the best spot prices for their produce. Harsha then illustrates how ICTs can, and have been deployed in this situation through GGS, to reduce farmer poverty, by
improving crop planning
increasing marketing efficiency
helping credit facilitation through forward sales contracts
This is achieved through collection and dissemination of accurate and up-to-date price information using cheap emerging technologies at Sri Lankas largest wholesale agricultural market.
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