Books

1. Saravanan, R., (2008), (Ed.) Agricultural Extension: Worldwide Innovations, New India Publishing Agency (NIPA), New Delhi.

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About the Book: Agricultural extension is in a great transition worldwide. The demand for public extension reform is greater than ever before. The agriculture knowledge infrastructure is evolving in a big way with the emergence of pluralistic extension actors and innovations to cater for the needs of the farmers. This book is an attempt to document the past experiences and recent   developments in the agriculture knowledge information systems. The compilation of 14 country chapters such as; Afghanistan, Benin, Cote d’Iviore, Ghana, India, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago and Zimbabwe is intended to document the experience of extension systems. The fourteen country-wise chapters highlight the worldwide agricultural extension reform measures (Decentralisation, Privatisation, Demand driven and Cost-recovery approaches), Institutional Pluralism (Public, Private and NGOs) and Innovations (Farmer to Farmer extension, Participatory and Self-Help Group (SHG) approaches and ICT initiatives).

Book Review by Anne W. van den Ban, Wageningen, the Netherlands, published in the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2009. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13892240902734843#.VGs1nslx9Uo

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2. Saravanan, R., (2010), (Ed.) ICTs for Agricultural Extension: Global Experiments, Innovations and Experiences, New India Publishing Agency (NIPA), New Delhi.

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About the Book: Integration of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are rapidly transforming the agricultural extension. The ICT enabled extension systems are acting as a key agent for changing agrarian situation and farmers’ lives by improving access to information and sharing knowledge. ICT based agricultural extension brings incredible opportunities and has the potential of enabling the empowerment of farming communities. Extension practitioners are excited to experiment innovative ICT initiatives. Experiences on “ICTs for Agricultural Extension” initiatives are showing encouraging results and also complementing conventional extension communication methods. At the same time, it is also a challenge to place rural ICT infrastructure, developing appropriate content, ensuring sustainability and scaling-up. This book is an attempt to document the National Policy on ICTs in agricultural extension, ICT infrastructure scenario and related issues, case studies on innovative ICTs for agricultural extension initiatives (Village knowledge centres, information kiosks, mobile ICT units, web portals, digital data base and networks, rural tele-centres, farmer call centres, mobile telephony, video-conference, offline multimedia CDs, decision support systems, expert systems, innovative community radio and television programmes, open distance learning etc.,), lessons and way forward in the countries such as Bangladesh, Caribbean Nations (Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St.kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago), Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi), Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago and Zimbabwe.

Book Review by Colle, Royal D. Cornell University, USA, published in the
Journal of Development Communication, Vol. 22, No. 1, June 2011. https://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-279462004/r-saravanan-ed-icts-for-agricultural-extension

Book Review by Timothy L. Koehnen, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e AltoDouro , Portugal, published in the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, Vol. 17, No. 5 , October 2011. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/1389224X.2011.624714

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3.  Saravanan, R., Kathiresan, C., and  Indra Devi, T.,(2011) (Eds.)Information and Communication Technology for Agriculture and Rural Development, New India Publishing Agency (NIPA), New Delhi.

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About the Book: Twenty nine articles included in this book focuses on; Digital divide in rural India, e-Agriculture issues, Cyber extension, overview on Village Knowledge Centres (VKCs), Community Information Centre iniative in Orissa, SATCOM application in Karnataka State, Model e-Villages in Arunachal Pradesh State of North-East India, Nation -wide InDG web portal initiative for rural development, Kisan Mobile Sandesh (KMS), Dynamic Market Information (DMI) by Web and Mobile in Tamil Nadu, Expert systems for pest and diseases diagnosis in rubber, Interactive Multimedia Compact Disc (IMCD), Village Information Centres among Dairy Farmers in Tamil Nadu, KISSAN initiative of Kerala State, Mobile Agricultural School and Services (MASS) in Jharkhand, Farmers Database creation in Darjeeling District of West Bengal, Village Resource Centres (VRCs) in Uttaranchal, Pest Surveillance of Rice using satellite data, Techmode Approach for Distance Learning Courses for Field Veterinarians in Maharashtra, Information Retrieval System for Buffalo Reproduction, Web Portals and Digital Data base  for Agroforestry, Watershed Modelling using GIS and Remote Sensing in Gujarat State, e-Readiness and Participation Level of Akshya and KISSAN Kerala Beneficiaries and VRC & CIC Network in Assam and Internet utilization pattern, evaluation of Kissan Call Centres (KCCs), ICT adoption level, impact, stakeholders feedback, policy implications  and  recommendations.

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4. Saravanan, R., (2014) (Ed.). Mobile Phones for Agricultural Extension: Worldwide mAgri Innovations and Promise for Future, New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi.

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About the Book: Mobile phones have revolutionised the communication process and becoming all-in-one magical device for anytime and anywhere communication. The last decade has seen a flourish in the number of mobile based agro-advisory service initiatives in the developing countries and more are added regularly in some part of the world. Services that started with farmers’ help-lines accessed through landlines and messages (SMS) have evolved slowly to multimodal and multimedia based delivery of advisory and to m-agriculture applications for smart phones. In this rapidly changing m-Agriculture scenario, this book is an attempt to document the evolution of mobile phone based agro-advisory services around the world. The content of the book comprises of country chapters on mobile phone applications for agricultural extension from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe along with chapters on global review on m-agriculture initiatives, content generation process and socio-economic impact of mobile phone based agro-advisory services. This book delves into the development of mobile phone based agro-advisory and their content, delivery mode, business model and utility and provides an insight into the evolution of mobile phones as an extension tool in different countries across the globe.

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