Paris, 6 July 2009

EFITA newsletter / 420 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Archives of the efita newsletter for the first semester 2009
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4th International European Forum for System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks
8-12 February 2010 – IGLS / INNSBRUCK

Int. Centre for Food Chain and Network research

Climate change: Interviews by ACTA Informatique at a recent UK-FR seminar organised by APCA in Paris
- Owen YEATMAN - National Farmer Union

- Jeremy EPPEL - Food and Farming Group - DEFRA

- John Gilliland – Rural Climate Change Forum

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2009-2018
Excellent report for whoever wants to understand the basics in Ag production, the facts, the past 50 years' crop yield growth,  the projected trends, etc.  and how one may want to feed or not the projected 9 Billions human population on our "Home". Annual yield improvement will need to get higher faster.

Nutri-Net™, Haifa’s web software for planning of crop fertilization programs, is nowavailable with a new feature: choice between easy-to-use and extended operation levels
Haifa Nutri-Net™ web software is a powerful tool, designed to help growers to plan irrigation schemes and Nutrigation™ (fertigation) programs. The nutritional programs generated by the Nutri-Net™ software take into account specific crop requirements and all growth conditions, thus, optimizing water supply and nutrient application. Data processing by Haifa Nutri-Net™ considers the parameters of crop mineral requirements, yield levels, growth environment, soil characteristics, climate conditions and irrigation regimes.
The Nutri-Net™ software, initially introduced on 2003, is available on the Internet for free use by growers, consultants and others. Recently, Haifa has introduced a new development to the software.
The updated version of the Nutri-Net™ enables a choice between two levels of operation, namely Primary and Advanced.
The Primary level of the software requires simple data input of the expected yield, and soil type only.
After entering these details and indicating the irrigation method in use, the complete Nutrigation™ program is a few mouse-clicks far.
Users who seek for highly fine-tuned Nutrigation™ programs may turn to the Advanced level of the software that considers the entire scope of growth conditions and soil parameters.
At both levels, data processing by Haifa Nutri-Net™ leans on comprehensive databases of crop nutrition, irrigation, soils and climates. The software can take care of a variety of 80 different vegetables, fruit-trees, and field crops.
Contact: Yoav RONEN
E-mail: yoav(a)

How Can Agricultural Extension Best Harness ICTs to Improve Rural Livelihoods? (from ICT Update)
Various forces are at work to change agricultural extension from a process of technology transfer (research institution to farmer) to a process of facilitating a wide range of communication, information, and advocacy services (demand-driven, pluralistic and decentralized extension).

Solomon Islands Smallholder Agriculture Study (from ICT Update)
Eighty-four per cent of people in Solomon Islands live in rural areas. The vast majority of these people derive their livelihoods from subsistence agriculture and small-scale income generating activities, particularly export cash cropping and fresh produce marketing. These five volumes document the development of recommendations for agricultural interventions supporting subsistence agriculture and income-generating activities for rural communities in Solomon Islands.

Innovative Farmer Advisory Systems (from ICT Update)
This Inventory of Innovative Farmer Advisory Services (66 pages) is the result of an online consultation with the FARA Regional Agricultural Information & Learning System (RAILS) held during the month of October 2008 + desk study. It is an attempt to document all known innovative farmer advisory services or systems, currently in design, in existence or recently completed in Africa. For the past 10 years, there has been a remarkable progress in the use of ICT in African agriculture, especially in the area of farmers´ access to market information. Various projects have been developed that integrate ICTs into the dissemination of agricultural information to farmers. Farmers Information Services at both the national and regional level are a promising new field of research and application in the emerging field of eAgriculture.

Puns for educated minds

1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

15. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

Contact: I. KITRON
E-mail: kitron1(a)

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