A portal on Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA) welcomes all of you to share and contribute relevant essays and links to enable exchange of new knowledge and experiences in extension and advisory services (EAS) provision. AESA team hopes that AESA portal would be useful not only to share knowledge on different aspects related to EAS practice and policy within the region but also to link all of us to new knowledge on EAS generated elsewhere.
"80% of South Asia's poor live in rural areas. Most depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
Agricultural and rural development is key to eradicating poverty and creating conditions for sustainable and equitable growth. An effective and efficient extension and advisory service (EAS) that offers a much broader support to rural producers (beyond knowledge on new technologies) is critical for agricultural development and poverty reduction.
AESA was formed in response to the demand for a network of those interested in EAS ... as much needs to be done in terms of organising, reforming and strengthening extension services considering the rapidly evolving agricultural and rural landscape", - AESA.
- Vision is: Improving food and nutrition security through efficient and effective EAS.
- Mission is: Sharing, learning and networking for building effective and efficient EAS.
Industry Trend Analysis - IoT & Big Data In Agribusiness: Driving Future Sector Growth - NOV 2016 stated that the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and big data technology in agriculture will pick up in the coming years, and be a major factor behind future improvement in global yields
Echoing this trend - referenced frequently by information management and agri-food sectors - AESA recently published a blog-post entitled:
In this essay, Dr. Shaik N. Meera
presents a framework
to exploit the recent developments of convergence
of big data with disruptive technologies
such as mobile/cloud computing, IoT,location-based social networks - to strengthen EAS provision.
"Big data in EAS will integrate information provided by farmers, players in the agri-food chain and markets, which can be used to enhance productivity, reduce risk, increase resilience and improve profitability. This will bring new values to farming with small and marginal farmers getting maximum benefit out of such strategies" ...
- DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
- THINKING BEYOND CONVENTIONAL DIGITAL EXTENSION PILOTS
- BIG DATA IN AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
- INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
- LOCATION BASED SOCIAL MEDIA (LBS)
- THE FRAMEWORK (Pre-production - Production - Post-harvest)
- IS DOING THE RIGHT THING WRONG?
"Whether one likes it or not, disruptions are likely to happen (or already happening) in the extension processes, activities and methods ... A series of such disruptive extension processes will surely transform the very nature of EAS. Until then keep thinking and exploring what best could be done by us".
- Collaboration on Rice Data Interoperability - an Interview with Shaik N. Meera (AIMS)
- Big Data: unlocking the future for Agriculture! (AIMS)
- Webinar@AIMS: Big Data challenges and solutions in agricultural and environmental research
- Webinar@AIMS: Perspective on Big Data in the CGIAR
- Rice Knowledge Management Portal