Producer organizations play an important role in tackling the systemic causes of poverty, because they give farmers—men and women—a legitimate voice in shaping pro-poor rural policies. Producer organizations can function more efficiently by using information communication technologies (ICT) to attract and retain a wider membership, generate more funds, and provide better services to their members. Documented benefits of ICT include improved connections to members, better accounting and administration, and stronger collective voice (From ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook module 8).
As the United Nation's International Year of the Cooperative comes to a close, join the e-Agriculture community and subject matter experts in a discussion on the key issues that make ICT important for producer organizations, and the challenges that limit their full potential.
Join the forum starting 12 November!
This is the fifth in a series of online discussions that stem from the launch of the World Bank's ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook and the growing demand for knowledge on how to use ICT to improve agricultural productivity and raise smallholder incomes.