Information, Communication and Extension (ICE)
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:54

The ICE thematic group contributes to achieving LRD objectives of improving food security and well-being of member countries by promoting innovative extension approaches to communicate information and promote new technologies for the sustainable management of agricultural and forest resources. The ICE group promotes closer working relationships with national agricultural/forestry systems, farmers, private stakeholders and NGOs in the development of sustainable technologies to improve rural livelihoods.

The ICE group will help PICTs in the following areas:

  • promote participatory approaches to support sustainable management of natural resources,
  • coordinate appropriate training to build capacity in ICTs including using the Internet to access web-based information systems,
  • production of extension materials to fill information gaps in national agricultural systems,
  • promote formal and non-formal capacity building agricultural skills training.

The ICE group have an extensive work programme, some highlights include:

  • Strengthening national capacity in extension and information by encouraging participatory extension methods such as Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and Participatory Technology Development (PTD.
  • Improving awareness of land use policy.
  • National capacity-buildingĀ  through formal and non-formal training in technical, information and extension areas, such as improving diagnostic skills of farmers and extension officers in pest and disease identification and soil and plant nutrition disorders, using information and communication technologies.
  • Education and training assistance to schools, youth and young farmers
  • Identifying best practices for sustainable agriculture and forestry management, documented and scaled-up to recommendation domains; and
  • Coordinate media awareness on a wide range of areas including but not limited to invasive species, quarantine, major pests of Pacific crops, animal zoonoses, atoll agriculture, traditional foods, plant genetic resources, land use planning, etc.
  • Strengthened national capacity to comply with regional and international trade standards through activities such as developing national pest lists, extension materials on quality standards and staff training.
  • Assess strategies to measure impact of extension methods adopted in the Region.

For more information, please contact Stephen Hazelman, Coordinator, Information and Extension services.