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Monday, May 15 • 17:00 - 17:30
Agriculture & Environment Track Panel: Comparing & contrasting knowledge services for rural households

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Over the last several years, many innovative organizations have been scaling up the use of ICT to reach rural households with access to knowledge. Examples of this knowledge include agriculture tips, health guidance, and market price and weather information.

This panel will assemble some of the leaders in this area to briefly describe their service, advocate for their strengths, and acknowledge their weaknesses.

Will we agree that a different solution is the best-in-class for a particular context, or will competitors on the panel engage in a respectful and enlightening debate?

Questions to be discussed may include:
- Who is the target audience of each service?
- What type of content is delivered by each service? Are there innovations in content from some services that could be adopted by others?
- How do we measure the outputs, outcomes, and impact of each?
- What is the cost structure of each service, and who is the customer?
- How does each service address sustainability? Are they dependent on donor funds?

The panel will engage with the audience for questions, opinions, and stories of their own experiences.

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Bright Schandorf Adu

Director of Farmer Services, Farmerline Limited
Who I am Say who you are in a few short sentences. How to contact me Email: name@company.com Skype: usename Phone: +4179XXXXXXX KSAcc Slack: name_company
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Vinay Kumar

Regional Director for Asia & Global Initiatives, Digital Green
Vinay leads Digital Green's program strategy and development. He has been instrumental in scaling its community video approach across India and Africa, reaching over 1.5 million small holder farmers, producing over 4500 community videos and positively impacting their lives.
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Melissa Persaud

Director of Partnerships, VOTO Mobile
Melissa Persaud is Director of Partnerships at VOTO Mobile, a global mobile engagement social enterprise. In her role, she builds and maintains partnerships with impact-oriented organizations in order to provide better choices for more voices around the globe. Personally, Melissa... Read More →
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Cliff Schmidt

Founder & Executive Director, Literacy Bridge
Cliff founded Literacy Bridge in 2007 to make agriculture and health knowledge accessible to people without literacy skills in remote rural areas. He created an audio-based device called the "Talking Book", which led to a fellowship award presented by Bill Gates and a Clinton Global... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 17:00 - 17:30 IST