ICTs for Agroecology

Shifting Agricultural ICT4D from “I” to “C”
  • Linus KendallEmail author
  • Andy Dearden
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 504)


The urgent need for inclusive and sustainable agriculture has seen transition towards holistic, situated and participatory approaches to agricultural development such as agroecology. In this paper we use observations drawn from an action research project to examine the implications of such approaches on ICT design and implementation strategy. We suggest that ICTs designed for sustainable agriculture need to shift their emphasis from packaging and transmitting information toward facilitating communication and sharing of practice, adopting diverse collective, social and situated forms of knowing and learning.


ICT4D Agroecology Social learning Sustainable agriculture Knowledge management ICT for sustainability 



This work has been conducted with the active engagement and participation of DRCSC ( in Kolkata. It has been made possible through Linus’ affiliation with the International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore (IIIT-B) and the support provided by them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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