On December 5, 2019, the Capacity Development Support Facility (CDSF), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)- Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) project and the second Agricultural Growth Program (AGP2) hosted an innovative event focused on digital learning in Agriculture.
Building on the momentum generated at an event held earlier in the year, which focused on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Agricultural Extension System, this one-day symposium and trade fair further targeted the conversation around technologies that can directly support capacity development activities, such as training.
Bringing together key-decision makers and actors in the agricultural sector, the program included presentations from ICT companies about their products and services, case studies from organizations that had implemented some type of digital capacity building program, and a panel discussion with key experts about the future of digital learning in Ethiopian agriculture.
Nearly 100 people from government, donor organizations, and the public and private sectors attended the event. Following the symposium program, ICT vendors showcased their products and services in a Trade Fair. Attendees were able to speak one-on-one with the developers, implementers and innovators in the ICT space while networking with fellow participants.