Innovative tools for sustainable agriculture in developing countries: the impact of open source biotechnology

Aginam, Obijiofor, "Innovative tools for sustainable agriculture in developing countries: the impact of open source biotechnology" in Free and Open Source Software and Technology for Sustainable Development ed. Sowe, Sulayman K., Parayil, Govindan and Sunami, Atsushi (Tokyo and New York: United Nations University Press, 2012), 24-47.

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  • Author Aginam, Obijiofor
    Book Editor Sowe, Sulayman K.
    Parayil, Govindan
    Sunami, Atsushi
    Chapter Title Innovative tools for sustainable agriculture in developing countries: the impact of open source biotechnology
    Book Title Free and Open Source Software and Technology for Sustainable Development
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Tokyo and New York
    Publisher United Nations University Press
    Start page 24
    End page 47
    Abstract Free and open source software (FOSS) technologies transcend geographical and cultural boundaries to usher in a new paradigm where volunteers collaboratively develop software for the commons. The political economy of FOSS technologies has far-reaching implications because of the centrality of information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D). The global trend in the diffusion and adoption of FOSS technologies is a testimony to the socio-economic and technological impact the software has for both developed and developing economies. While FOSS development, education and business potentials may appear as a phenomenon for the developed world, a sizable number of developing countries have undertaken bold measures to bring about innovation, sustainable ICT development and technology independence.
    Empirical and anecdotal evidence continues to demonstrate the potential of FOSS technologies in empowering individuals and communities, giving technology users ownership rights and facilitating collaboration among technology partners. These characteristics have the intrinsic value of giving people the opportunity to participate actively in the development and shaping of their own technology, stimulating industry growth and local employment and lowering technology acquisition and deployment costs.
    The book aims to raise awareness, increase the deployment and capture the impacts of FOSS for sustainable development. The chapters cover the theoretical and practical implications of FOSS technologies, with contributions from expert researchers and practitioners in both developing and developed countries. It is targeted at ICT4D experts, FOSS developers and users, policymakers, technology-oriented SMEs and NGOs, as well as practitioners and institutions interested in the pedagogical aspects of FOSS technologies.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280812176
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