• Year: 2011
  • Award: World Summit Award
  • Category: Learning & Education
  • Producer: Dr. Rohan Wijekoon
  • Organisation: Deputy Director of Agriculture
  • Country: Sri Lanka
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Wikigoviya, the latest ICT initiative of Cyber Agriculture Wikipedia is a participatory and interactive web tool for agriculture development in Sri Lanka. The content is comprehensive and attractive, but simple in its approach, and has an easy navigation structure. Importantly, Wikigoviya is available in both Sinhala and Tamil – the two local languages. Wikigoviya serves as a meeting place for the agriculture community of farmers, experts, academics, private sector organizations, students and the interested general public. Designed with the farmer in mind, it provides the necessary platform for disseminating and sharing agriculture information among participating groups while serving as a forum for discussing current agriculture policies and their implementation, as well as sharing experiences and ideas. A detailed agriculture crop technology guide is provided, together with multimedia applications for easier understanding. All information is presented in a very user-friendly and colloquial manner, in a jargon in which the rural farmer feels comfortable. Wikigoviya has made a difference – clearly evident from its very active forum which has 399 registered users, 79 uploaded video clips and 14 active blogs.