ICT Office, GISB sign deal to deploy e-agriculture solutions

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The MOU signing ceremony was attended by Calum Chisholm of Intel Microelectronics Philippines, Dilek Altin of Grameen Intel Social Business, DOST-ICT Office undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre, Bettina Quimson , deputy executive director DOST ICT Office?s eSociety group, and  Nafis Chowdhury of GISB The MOU signing ceremony was attended by Calum Chisholm of Intel Microelectronics Philippines, Dilek Altin of Grameen Intel Social Business, DOST-ICT Office undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre, Bettina Quimson , deputy executive director DOST ICT Office?s eSociety group, and Nafis Chowdhury of GISB[/caption] The e-agriculture solutions is composed of mobile and computer-based agriculture applications that will help small farmers improve their livelihood by addressing key farming needs from cultivation to harvest. Both the ICT Office and GISB have the same goal of harnessing ICT for the improvement of various farming and agricultural strategies, the MOU signing happened on September 23 during the Digital Strategies for Development Summit (DSDS) at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. GISB is a social ICT business that focuses on applying technology to help the world?s impoverished population. It is a joint venture of Grameen Trust and Intel Corporation established in 2007 by Intel chairman Craig Barrett and Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus. The Tech4ED project of the DOST-ICT Office?s eSociety group is a project component of the eFilipino program that aims to harness ICT to enable, empower, and transform society towards an inclusive, integrated and equitable countryside. The Tech4ED project’s mAgri segment, which enhances farm technologies for aquaculture, livestock and agriculture, gives e-agriculture solutions producers a digital platform for agricultural sector to enhance farm technologies for product diversity and improved farm production. This is done by providing recommendations based on the farmers? specific situation and cover crop, seed selection, soil management and fertilizer application, pest and disease management and forward market linkage information. According to Bettina Quimson, deputy executive director of the DOST-ICT Office?s eSociety group, ?This partnership between GISB and the Tech4ED project, is a significant initiative that aims to develop information technology solutions for e-agriculture services?. ]]>

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