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#d4ag e-conversations on controversial issues related to D4Ag

Since 2021, Digital Agri Hub (DAH) has strived to promote digitalisation for agriculture, often abbreviated as D4Ag, across the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). At the Hub we believe it can help to safeguard the future of small-scale producers and all key value chain players in our dynamic food systems. But by doing so, we should be aware of the limitations of digital solutions and of the whole D4Ag “ecosystem”. In this context the Hub has launched a number of e-conversations of what we consider as potential clichés in this domain and discuss them with members of the D4Ag Dgroups community. The outcome of the exchanges may lead to a more objective, prudent and realistic approach on how to approach and present digitalisation for small-scale producers in LMICs.

e-conversation summaries 🗃️

e-conversation toolkit 

How to participate - and what you'll get out of it

For each round of discussion, we will post an opening message with conversation issues. The message will be posted by the discussion convenors (DAH team members). 
When you reply to this opening message – or to the replies posted by other participants – your message will be moderated and require approval by the group moderator before it is circulated to the whole group of participants. 
At the end of each e-conversation topic, we will provide a summary of the contributions and main points emerging from the exchanges. The summary is posted on a dedicated page (see below). 
We encourage you to devote at least 1 hour of your time for each conversation topic, to read and reply to the messages circulated in this group and engage with the other participants in an active dialogue. See the various options you have to contribute to the discussion.

By actively engaging in the online discussion, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your views and help break recurrent clichés!

Posting guidelines

The following are suggestions on what we think will contribute to an active and enriching discussion:

  • Keep your posts/replies concise – you don’t need to write an essay. Posting replies of 150/200 words can give you enough space to tell your story and express your opinion, while still making it easy for others to read and reply.
  • Be clear – use a simple (but not simplistic) language that can be easily understood by the other participants.
  • Read before posting – read other people's posts’, to build on what they say, or to challenge their opinion; read your own posts, to make sure they are clear.
  • Add to the conversation, not to the noise – posts such as Thank you messages, or simple “I agree” posts can be sent as personal messages. Make sure your posts are adding to the conversation and are on topic.
  • Be agreeable, when you disagree. And be respectful of other participants’ opinions.
  • Have fun!