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[liberationtech] Last Chance to Enroll: TechChange Online Course in Agriculture, Innovation and Technology
nick at techchange.org
Thu Jun 2 07:51:03 PDT 2016
Hi LiberationTech Folks,
Just a quick note about the course we have coming up on June 13th: Agriculture,
Innovation and Technology. It will follow a one-day conference on ITCforAg
<http://ictforag.org/> that we're co-hosting with Abt, DAI, & FHI360 in DC.
The online course will take place over four weeks and feature many of the
leading experts and entrepreneurs working on ICTforAg projects. USAID's
Global Development Lab has assisted in developing content and we've got
about 50 participants enrolled. It's shaping up to be a fantastic course.
Let me know if you’d like to enroll, happy to extend the discount price of $
295 if you use the discount code “agtech295”. Feel free to share with other
colleagues if you think they'd be interested.
And don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
TC115: Agriculture, Innovation, and Technology
June 13, 2016 - July 08, 2016 | Facilitated by Nick Martin
Smallholder farmers make up over half of the world’s food-insecure
populations in developing countries. These farmers face numerous
challenges: decreasing land sizes, weather changes, inadequate access to
equipment & resources, insufficient training, market volatility and more.
This four-week online certificate course will explore a number of design
considerations and technologies to help make agricultural production
increasingly accessible and affordable in the developing world. These
include: digital financial services, SMS and IVR campaign tools, remote
sensing technologies, mobile applications and services, drone surveillance,
GIS data, and more.
The course will use the principles of digital development
<http://digitalprinciples.org/> as a guiding framework and feature a
variety of discussions, activities, case studies and live guest expert
presentations around the following weekly topics:
Week 1: Introduction, Crop Planning and Financing
Week 2: Planting and Growing (Crop Cycle)
Week 3: Post-Harvest and Farm Management
Week 4: The Horizon of ICTs for Agriculture (Sensors, GIS, Big Data, and
Digital Photo Recognition, Data Analytics)
Across all four weeks, we will weave in several topics that go across the
agriculture cycle, such as:
The trade-offs between different digital “channels” (e.g., mobile versus
radio versus GIS) for different types of information and learning
The potential role of farmer profiling and its opportunities and
The roles and challenges of using community or rural service agents
Terms such as “push” versus “pull”; direct to farmer or mediated
The role and capacity of local service providers, international ones,
and mobile network operators
The role of government ministries
Gender and youth as factors in the design, rollout and scaling of
The course will also consider a range of challenges to implementation like
access to power, language barriers, literacy levels, high transactions
costs, access to quality extension services and more.
Participants can expect a dynamic learning environment with a number of
real-world case studies from countries like Mali and Kenya, custom
animations and video tutorials, interactions with leading experts in the
field and practical simulations to apply new skills and strategies.
Judy Payne, USAID’s ICT Advisor for Agriculture, has served as an advisor
in the design of this course. She is also the Bureau of Food Security
(BFS) lead for the Digital Development for Feed the Future Collaboration
between the [lab] and BFS.
At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:
critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge
when working with technology to improve agricultural outcomes
connect relevant development theories to the technological strategies
and tools discussed in the course
manage specific agricultural software platforms and tools
design dynamic and effective strategies for using tools and platforms
improve agricultural efforts
develop critical self-confidence for working with mobile technology to
address agricultural challenges
This course is delivered entirely online over a period of four weeks.
This course features several live interactive expert presentations each
week with leading practitioners, software developers, academics, and donors.
Every live event is recorded and archived for you to watch later.
This course also features a unique hands-on learning environment with
animated videos, technology demos, practical activities, networking events,
office hours, participant presentations, immersive simulations, and more.
TechChange recommends budgeting a minimum commitment of 5-7 hours per
week and scheduling time for the course around your existing obligations.
Participants will have access to all course content for at least 4
months after course completion so the material can be completed and
CEO & Co-Founder, MFarm Ltd(K)
e-Business Advisor, USAID
CEO of Hello Tractor
Field-based Climate, Gender, and KM Manager—Feed the Future Naatal Mbay
COO, GreenPath Food
Founder and CEO, HNI
Regional Program Manager, East and Southern Africa Farm Radio
Founder & Executive Director of MyAgro
Catholic Relief Services
$345 if application and payment is submitted by May 20, 2016
$395 if application and payment is submitted by June 10th, 2016
$445 if application and payment is submitted by course start date and
$395 bundle for the course and the a ticket to the ICTforAg conference
<http://ictforag.org/> in DC on June 10th, 2016. Cost is
Group discount rates available. For more details, please contact us at
social [at] techchange.org.
If you are not happy with your course experience for any reason,
TechChange is happy to discuss refunds.
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M 240 505 2324 | www.techchange.org | @ncmart
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