What do GenARDIS grantees recommend to policy makers?
Today, everyone is aware that equitable and sustainable development cannot take place without the involvement of women throughout the process. As a result, policy-makers can improve the situation of rural women with regard to ICTs by creating an institutional environment that promotes ICT development and electrification of rural settlements. Policy makers could also encourage and finance the development of national language software with the possibility of translating it into other languages. With this software, women could be inspired by successful development experiences in agriculture. -Adama Compaoré, Association MANEGDBZANGA
Government action must, after the soon to be completed electoral process, draft and implement a good NICT policy in favour of rural development through the involvement of peasant women, who are in the main farmers. -Brigitte KASONGO Mawazo and & Marie KAPINGA Mwantumba, Programme Officer – Woman, Child and Family, ARCHE D’ALLIANCE
a) Review existing best practices in ICTs for rural development that exist in other develop countries through literature review and visits
b) Encourage networking of bodies involved in ICTs for rural development
c) -Establish and implement legal framework in ICT for rural development to facilitate activities of government and non-government institutions -Collins Osei, CRI - Crops Research Institute
There is a need for Kenya to move faster to implement the just developed ICT policy so as to address the above divide and the vulnerable position of women in ICT access, affordability, attractiveness and utilization. -James Onyango, Executive Director of KAIPPG, KAIPPG (Kenya AIDS Intervention Prevention Project Group) [http://www.kaippg.org]
Women in Agriculture need special attention and considerations if they are to successfully use ICT's in support of their agricultural occupations.
Women in Agriculture need special training in order to benefit from the use of ICT's which can be of use in their production and processing operations -David Dolly, University of the West Indies
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