Lessons for Sustainability: Failing to Scale ICT4Ag-Enabled Services

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Andrew Shepherd
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September, 2016
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The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU), launched a call for papers on failed information and communication technologies (ICTs) for agriculture (ICT4Ag) projects/initiatives – projects that showed early promise and received third-party support (from governments, donor agencies, or private sector investors) but did not reach fruition. What resulted was the stories in this booklet, which stress the importance of understanding the intended users, ensuring economic viability, fully promoting the service, and making sure the technology offered is the right solution to the problem.

ICT, Sustainability, Services
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December 12 2016. Image caption/credit: A local extension agent conducts a survey using a tablet. Mbuzi Village, Tanzania. © Manon Koningstein/CIAT.

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