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IMARK is an e-learning initiative in agricultural information management developed by FAO and partner organizations.
photo This module describes how different information and communication technologies (ICT) in a country - local, national and international - fit together to provide a workable means of communication, and the issues that affect each level. The lessons include relevant resources and additional reading. Learners can also consult a glossary specific to the module and search within the course materials for specific terms.

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Target Audience

This module is targeted at a broad range of users who are, or will be, involved in the development and use of information and communication technology networks to support information exchange and communication. No prior knowledge of such technologies is required.

Module Content

Lesson 1 - Information and Communication Technology as media
This lesson looks at how ICT can be used in support of development as a medium for communication and information exchange; and at the relationship between the information to be conveyed, the audience for it, and how information is received.

Lesson 2 - ICT's influence on the shape of the future
This lesson looks at traditional and new media and how ICT might change information delivery over the next 3-5 years.

Lesson 3 - Costs and effectiveness of the links in the ICT chain
This lesson looks at the different links in the network chain: international, national and local, the different technologies used, and the costs involved.

Lesson 4 - Impact of regulatory framework on ICT choices and costs
This lesson looks at the areas of ICT policy and regulation where there are strategic choices to be made that will help unlock lower cost communications.


The Module curriculum was designed and developed by an international expert in the topic in collaboration with FAO.

The author and other contributors are from the following Organizations:
Balancing Act Balancing Act   The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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