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  • Role of Plant Clinics in addressing pest and disease management

    Agriculture plays a pivotal role in India’s economy. Over 58% of rural households depend on agriculture as their principal means of livelihood. Pests and diseases cause significant loss to crops directly and indirectly at global, national, and regional levels. According to an estimate of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in 2015, up to 25% of annual yield was lost due to disease and pests in India. Timely diagnosis of various problems (pest, disease, nutritional deficiencies) that hamper...

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  • Role of hub and spoke model for ICTs in agriculture

    Small-holding farmers are in constant need of dynamic, timely, scientific information and knowledge on good agronomic practices, government entitlements, and market information, including access to early warnings, and application of new technologies, to better enhance their agricultural production. However, the inadequate proportion of agri-extension workers to farmers has left a void in providing timely agro advisories and inputs to support farming interventions. This has hindered farmers’...

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  • ICT and agriculture

    A felt need of farmers is timely avalability of informatin on technology, monsoon behaviour and market opportunities. Regular extension services usually do not reach the farmer at the right time and place. Modern information and communication technology (ICT) allows new possibilities to overcome the information gap from which rural households, farmers, fisherfolk and women suffer.

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  • Utility and Impact of ESSO-INCOIS Services: Reflections of Fishers from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Puducherry

    This document is a compilation of case studies of fishers who have benefitted from the programme initiated by the collaborative project of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). Enhancing the capacities of the fishers to improve their livelihood opportunities in the coastal villages is the focus area of this MSSRF-INCOIS project. The partnership that was initiated in 2009, aim at building the capacity of the fishers to...

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  • Fisher Friend Mobile Application: a decision support system for small scale fishers in India

    The development of technology and needs of fishing community in the post tsunami context in India created a demand for the development of mobile applications for fisherfolk. The Fisher Friend Mobile Application (Fisher Friend) was introduced in Binary runtime environment for wireless platform for CDMA in three languages to fishermen in two states in 2007. It has now evolved into an android application with a desirable user interface in nine languages covering fisherfolk in coastal India. A...

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  • Improving Livelihoods of Fishermen- Case Studies from Andhra Pradesh and Union Territory of Puducherry

    For over two decades M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has been in the forefront in taking Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled development activities to the rural communities through Village Resource Centres (VRCs) and Village Knowledge Centres (VKCs). In 2003, most of the activities were brought under the aegis of the Jamsetji National Virtual Academy. The VRCs and the VKCs use both traditional and modern technologies to provide information/knowledge to rural women...

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  • Livelihood with Ecological integrity

    Technological advances and impressive economic growth notwithstanding. India is still home to the largest number of hungry (approz. 300 million) and malnourished people (approx. 750 million) in the world. Most of them live in rural areas. Around 700 million people (nearly 70 percent of India,s population)Living in 638,365 villages are largely unskilled, illiterate, resource poor and devoid of the benefits of economic growth and technological advances.

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  • Plant Clinics of Thiruvaiyaru: a Study based on Farmers Perspectives

    Agriculture continues to be a primary livelihood option for a majority of Indian rural population. A greater percentage of them are small and marginal farmers and they contribute significantly to the country's food security. However, a large section of them cannot get basic crop health services. Their traditional knowledge and lived experiences seem to be inadequate to meet some new challenges in crop husbandry. This knowledge gap needs to be filled in by scientific advisories. Farmers need on...

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  • Utility and Impact of ESSO-INCOIS Services: Reflections of Fishers from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala Puducherry

    This document is a compilation of case studies of fishers who have benefitted from the programme initiated by the collaborative project of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). Enhancing the capacities of the fishers to improve their livelihood opportunities in the coastal villages is the focus area of this MSSRF-INCOIS project. The partnership that was initiated in 2009, aim at building the capacity of the fishers to...

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  • Role of Helpline Services in the Lives of Fishermen: Case Studies from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

    Three fishermen who went missing were rescued from the sea with the help of Indian Coast Guard. These fishermen owe it to the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF). The role of INCOIS-MSSRF fisheries helpline service can be understood by the description of the incident which happened on 26.8.2012 in Mandapam region of Ramanathapuram District. Like any other day, fishermen namely Mr Kannan, Mr Muniyappan and Mr Selvam went...

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