Welcome to the 8th edition of the AIRCA newsletter, focus on ICT in agriculture
From the Secretariat
AIRCA: Strengthening AIRCA Monitoring and Evaluation Systems
Agricultural research and development organizations are under pressure to have and report more impact. Integrated monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems can help, however they do not evolve overnight. MEL specialists belonging to the Association of International Research Centers in Agriculture (AIRCA) Community of Practice (COP) on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) developed a framework that enables them to improve their M&E systems on various levels. Read More
Focus Information and Communication Technologies
CABI: CABI outlines at ABIM meeting the next steps to a global launch of its innovative Biopesticides Portal
Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, CABI's Executive Director, Global Operations, has revealed at the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) the next steps to launching CABI's innovative Biopesticides Portal to a worldwide market. The Biopesticides Portal is a free-to-use one-stop information shop for identifying and sourcing biopesticides to help in the fight against agricultural pests that threaten the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers and, ultimately, global food security. Read More
CFF: CropBASE - the first global knowledge base for underutilised crops
CropBASE integrates qualitative and quantitative knowledge into decision support systems and user applications. At its core are 9 million data points on over 2,700 plant species and their potential uses for any location around the world. This allows farmers, researchers and the industry to obtain deep understanding of diversification opportunities and make informed decisions about the cultivation and potential uses of underutilised crops at the click of a button. Read More
ICBA: Drones Synergies Conference examines future-shaping technology solutions
Drones Synergies 2018, a global conference and capacity building workshops, today concluded at the Zayed University in Dubai. The aim of the two-day event was to see application of latest drone technologies in different fields, particularly in precision agriculture, food security, environmental and natural resource management. Read More
ICIMOD: ICIMOD Makes Available More Datasets for Download
The Regional Database System (RDS) of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has made available a new tranche of datasets for free download. All 16 data layers/tables listed below can be downloaded free from ICIMOD's RDS portal. Read More
IFDC: Drone Technology Evaluates Crop Health in Northern Ghana
Iowa State University (ISU), through the USAID Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) project, is using drones to evaluate rice production and crop health at the Tono irrigation scheme in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Implemented by IFDC, ATT has worked with smallholder rice producers at Tono since 2014. Read More
INBAR: Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme
The programme is applying experiences and lessons learned from the hugely successful transformation of Asia and Europe’s bamboo market to East Africa, thus enabling Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda to fully participate in and benefit from the new bamboo economy of the twenty-first century. Among the project activities are national bamboo resource assessments for Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, using the latest GIS remote sensing technology. Read More
WorldVeg: With more data, quicker response on the ground
The World Vegetable Center and local collaborators partnered with Akvo to use Akvo Flow, a mobile-phone survey tool, to monitor the training, technical assistance and uptake of technologies of agriculture and nutrition concepts by household garden project clients. Read More
Other news from AIRCA members
» CABI: Reverse innovation brings new intelligence to food chain pest management
» CABI and IFPRI land prestigious $250,000 Inspire Challenge 2018 Scale Up award
» ICBA: Uzbekistan's Innovation Ministry partner to set up international Aral Sea innovation center
» ICIMOD: Resonating Call for a Mountain Alliance for the Hindu Kush Himalaya
» ICIMOD: National-level Orientation on Climate Resilient Villages for Local Governments in Nepal
» icipe New edible cricket species discovered in Kenya
»INBAR: Ghana Tanzania Update
»INBAR: Africa Carbon Sequestration
»WorldVeg: Never underestimate the power of produce
The Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) is a nine-member alliance focused on increasing food security by supporting smallholder agriculture and rural enterprise within healthy, sustainable and climate-smart landscapes.

Supported by more than 60 member countries comprising over 70% of the world's population, AIRCA members have activities in all major geographic regions and ecosystem types. All have a proven track record of research, development and implementation, working closely with farmers, extension systems, national research institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector across a wide range of crops and ecosystems.

Through sharing AIRCA's knowledge and experience in creating healthy landscapes, our mission is to put research into use by strengthening capacities for sustainable improvements to incomes, food and nutrition security in healthy landscapes.
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