LIRNEasia & PTA event in Islamabad: What can telecommunications do for Agriculture?

Posted on July 4, 2012  /  2 Comments

LIRNEasia and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority co-hosted an event titled “What can telecommunications do for Agriculture?” in Islamabad on 3rd July 2012. The event was intended to stimulate cross-sectoral conversations between the telecommunications and agriculture sectors in Pakistan and was the first event of its kind in Pakistan.


The presentations from the event are given below:

Welcome note by Dr Muhammad Yaseen, Chairman PTA

Session 1: Information needs and ICT access by the poor

Session 2: Rural ICT applications and services

Session 3: Creating an enabling environment for agricultural VAS: what needs to be done and by whom?
Chairperson: Dr. Muhammad Yaseen, Chairman PTA
Panelists: Dr. Kevin Gallagher (FAO), Dr. Rohan Samarajiva (LIRNEasia), Mr Sriganesh Lokanathan (LIRNEasia), Mr Shahid Uddin Akbar, BIID (Bangladesh), Mr Tughral Turab Ali (Telenor), Ms. Mahrukh Siraj (CABI – South Asia)

Press Coverage


  1. I went through Prof. Rohan Samarajiva’s presentation. Very interesting findings. Sri Lanka is way ahead in the region and only second to Thailand in the countries considered for the research. Hope the Sri Lankan mobile service providers will work on launching more apps that will help the farmers.

    1. Rohan Samarajiva

      You might want to define “way ahead.” It’s a densely populated country with a decent level of education, so I am not surprised.

      LIRNEasia does not work in countries with per cap GNI equal to or more than Malaysia. The day that I will be happy is when we can no longer work on Sri Lanka.