February 2006

Virtual Academy for the Semi-Arid Tropics (VASAT)

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Rural areas have some typical characteristics associated with huge limitations in terms of communication and other infrastructural facilities. But if the rural areas, especially in the developing countries, are located in such a region which are by means of geographic location problematic, the problems associated with the rural community reciprocate. Such a situation can be solved by promoting community awareness with the help of ICT.

Virtual Academy for the Semi-Arid Tropics (VASAT) has shows the way. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI), with the support of the ICT-KM programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Desert Margins Programme in WCA, have initiated the VASAT. It is a strategic information, communication and non-formal distance education coalition for rural communities and intermediaries led by ICRISAT.

What VASAT is all about?
The aims of VASAT are –

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