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					Information Networking
for Farmers and Farmers’
Groups

The Philippine Strategy


Presented by:

Pamela Mariquita G. Mappala
Philippines
Agenda

   The Infrastructure for Information
    Networking
   The Information Networking
   The Knowledge Networking
   Farmer’s Role in Information
    Networking
   E-Extension Strategies for the future
The Infrastructure for
Information Networking
The Interconnectivity

   The National Information Network of
    the Department of Agriculture
   Philippine Research, Education
    Government Information Network
   Agriculture and Fisheries Research and
    Development
Information Networking
Existing R & D
Information Networks
   Horticulture Information Network
    (HORTINET)
   Agricultural Machinery Information
    Network (AgMachIn)
   Philippine e-Library
HORTINET
Horticulture Information Network

   one-stop-site of information on the Philippine
    Horticulture Industry, from production to
    marketing of world-class flowers and fruits
   an expansion of the Mango Information
    Network (MIN)
   a DOST/PCARRD and UNDP-funded project
    initiated in 1997
   URL: www.min.pcarrd.dost.gov.ph
   online since 1998
    AgMachIN
    Agricultural Machinery Information Network

   an info service that links existing info systems on
    agricultural machinery
   provides the added value of networking
    arrangement among technical and working people
    for integrating their activities to facilitate the
    delivery of info services to target users.
   URL:
    http://www.pcarrd.dost.gov.ph/cin/agmachin/default.htm
The Philippine e-Library

   Recently operationalized, set up info
    kiosks not only at the colleges and
    universities but also at the
    government agencies.
   Aims to integrate in a single portal all
    library and information collections of
    participating agencies using the
    existing infrastructure.
The Knowledge
Networking
K-AGRINET

   Knowledge Networking for
    Enterprising Agricultural Communities
   Aimed to help modernize the
    agriculture sector and assist in helping
    the farmers come up with critical
    decisions to keep pace with the ever-
    changing global economy.
K-AGRINET Priority activities
   Strengthen and maximize the use of extension
    models
   accelerate the establishment and use of web-
    based courseware for other crops, livestock and
    fisheries
   Promote distance learning
   Interconnect government network
    infrastructure and facilities
   Establish last mile connections
K-AGRINET beneficiaries
   Local extension service providers
    – Agricultural technicians, extension agents,
      farmer-scientists, technical experts in
      different field units and other government
      and nongovernment organizations
   Cooperatives, farmers, fishers and agri-
    based people’s organizations
   Private sector
    – Agricultural traders and agri-business
      entrepreneurs and civil society
K-AGRINET Main Components

   e-Agrikultura
   e-Consortia
   e-Farm
   Open Academy for Philippine
    Agriculture
E-Agrikultura
   To mobilize the social capital toward
    developing enterprising agricultural
    communities through the agrarian
    reform beneficiaries.
E-Consortia
   To intensify the technology and
    knowledge generation and exchange
    among R & D institutions through
    improved ICT tools and applications
The 14 regional R
& D consortia thru
the Department of
Science and
Technology
E-Farm
   Promotes knowledge-based e-
    commerce by initiating electronic
    based farm-to-market opportunities
    through the Farmers’ Information
    Technology Service (FITS)
    Centers and their respective farmer-
    scientists
                                         Farmers’ Information
     The FITS                             Technology Service



   ONE STOP INFORMATION SHOP of
    technology on agriculture, forestry & natural
    resources
     Aims to empower the farmers, processors, traders and
      entrepreneurs by making info & technology services
      available during critical decision making on production,
      processing, trading & marketing activities.
     a pool of experts in agricultural and natural resources
      renders appropriate services as well as in packaging of
      information and technology services for its clients.
Open Academy for Philippine
Agriculture (OPAPA)
   Focuses on e-extension and distance learning
    for agricultural extension workers and the
    farming and fishing communities as well.
   Empowers extension workers and farmers by
    creating access to knowledge banks, distance
    learning opportunities and an open
    environment that links various stakeholders
   An alliance of local, national and international
    organizations providing education, training and
    communication in agriculture.
    OPAPA Services

Extension &     Advisory           Online           IEC
Information     Services           Learning
Services
              Experts Online                       S&T
                                                   updates;
              Diagnostic Tools
Production                                         Training;
              Text-Based Query   Training Online
Guides                                             Demos
              Email, Forum       Certification &
Databases
              Audio/Video        Diploma
Directories
              conference         program
Visual
  Resources
The OPAPA Concept
                                  WEB Portal
                                  Knowledge Banks
                                  Email
                                  SMS
                                  Forum
                      National                      Internet
                      Expert                         Cloud

                                                                           Int’l
                                                                          Expert



Central Luzon
   Cluster

                                                                       Farmer Group
                                                    Agr’l Technician
                                 Local Expert

                Mindanao
                 Cluster
   The K-AGRINET Components
   Existing Info Networks
                                                        e-Agrikultura
                                                           Centers
                                Website/portal
e-Consortia                    • Knowledge
                    R&D info     banks                    e-Farm
                       and     • Online                   Centers
                   knowledge     Courses                   (FITS)
                     inputs    • Email/Chat/
  OPAPA                          discussion
                                 board                    OPAPA
                               • SMS facilities          Learning
                                                         Centers


                                    Philippine Rice        Agricultural Training
                                  Research Institute       Institute – Regional
                                   satellite stations        Training Centers
The Farmers’ Role in
Information Networking
    The Farmer-Scientists of FITS

   a network of outstanding farmers who
    demonstrate the successful application of
    S&T-based and indigenous technologies.
    These farmers actively participate as
    enablers, facilitators, or initiators in
    technology development and transfer
    process.
   For a farmer-to-farmer advisory service
     The Farmer-Scientists
   act as resource persons during trainings seminars, field
    days, investment clinics, cross-visits, among others
   provide technical assistance, hands-on training, and
    share experimental insights to on-farm visitors and other
    trainees
   devote a certain portion of their farm as demonstration
    plot for their own on-farm trials
   test/apply technological information learned from the
    seminars and cross-visits attended
   influence other farmers in adopting his outstanding farm
    practices by sharing information, experiences, resources,
    and ideas.
To be an FSB Member

   one should be selected as model
    farmer in his barangay.
   uses innovative agricultural practices
    that consistently produced yields
    higher than his co-farmers
   shares his know-how and offers his
    farm at no cost as an experimental
    demo site for the program.
The Agrarian Reform Communities

   Now being trained on how to manage
    the e-Agrikultura Centers.
    – E-Agrikultura Centers are business
      conduits with income generating activities
Farmer-led extension activities

   Practiced by the Department of
    Agriculture – Regional Field Units
   Farmers have active involvement in the
    extension activities of the government.
Women-led extension activities

   Women are trained on various
    livelihood activities
   Based on the concept that women’s
    participation in extension activities will
    help strengthen rural development
    strategies and food security of the
    nation.
Women-led extension activities

   Through the technical assistance
    provided by the Agricultural Training
    Institute (ATI) to rural-based
    organizations
   Aside from conventions and training
    courses, women members of the rural
    improvement clubs come to ATI to seek
    assistance in their livelihood projects.
The E-Extension
Strategies for the Future
Farmers’ Call Center

   Designed to supplement the existing efforts in
    the extension system
   Aims to make available information directly to
    the farmers on equal opportunity basis as per
    their need from the experts themselves.
   With structured and regular feedbacking as
    inputs for trend analysis, effectiveness of
    existing policies and procedures
E-Learning
on Agriculture and Fisheries

   Online courses are currently being
    developed through the Open Academy
    for Philippine Agriculture, which will be
    offered in 2007
   The ATI through its International
    Training Center on Pig Husbandry will
    commence their Online Course on Hog
    Raising in 2006.
Farmers’ Internet Bus

   Old microbus is now being converted
    into a mobile internet bus, complete
    with flat monitors and servers in a thin
    client configuration, fitted with wireless
    radio transmitter, multimedia
    equipment, VSAT antenna, gps antenna,
    among others
   To be deployed during the farmers’ field
    days
      Improved communication and
information access are directly related to
  social and economic development. For
    its effectiveness, end-users must
             appreciate them.

				
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