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ICTs are boosting agricultural production in many developing countries. New communication strategies that integrate conventional media, the Internet and other ICTs, have transformed the agricultural extension and changed the way information is disseminated.

In Kenya, this transformational process of change is already in full swing. The government of Kenya is currently rolling out an e-extension programme where agricultural extension officers are being trained and provided with smart phones, laptop and airtime for accessing agricultural information the internet.

The project in Kenya started with the national government but with devolution, the same is being devolved to the country governments. This is basically aimed at  ensuring that farmers at the local level benefits from the project.

Given this new wave of ICT4Agri, policy makers in all the developing countries should identify promising and appropriate ICT applications and promote their usage as part of daily routines. Above all, they should come up with policies that encourage their use among the people who matter most, the farmers themselves.

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