Four new case studies analysing ICT applications supporting climate change adaptation in agriculture are available online at: http://www.niccd.org/casestudies.htm
The cases can be used for practitioner/strategy guidance, training materials, or research.
Each case outlines the nature of the ICT application, the drivers and objectives behind the case, its stakeholders, an evaluation of cost/benefit and success/failure, analysis of key enablers and challenges, and a summary set of lessons learned and recommendations.
e-Arik: Using ICTs to Facilitate "Climate-Smart Agriculture" among Tribal Farmers of North-East India analyses use of Internet connectivity to encourage adoption of new farming practices that are more climate-resilient.
An ICT-Based Community Plant Clinic for Climate-Resilient Agricultural Practices in Bangladesh investigates the application of a broad range of ICTs including mobiles and digital cameras and microscopes to address problems of increasing salinity for rice farmers.
Using Radio to Improve Local Responses to Climate Variability: The Case of Alpaca Farmers in the Peruvian Andes describes a radio project for mountain farmers which helped them adapt to changes in temperature and rainfall patterns within a context of extreme poverty.
ICT-Enabled Knowledge Brokering for Farmers in Coastal Areas of Bangladesh evaluates the activities of ICT-using village "infomediaries" who support farmers near the Bay of Bengal facing rising sea levels and increased cyclone activity.
Links to thematic papers, strategy briefs and other materials on ICTs, climate change and development can be found at: http://www.niccd.org/
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These case studies are the product of the University of Manchester's "Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs" research project, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (http://www.idrc.ca) and managed by the University's Centre for Development Informatics (http://www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk).
Richard Heeks & Angelica Ospina