May 28-30, 2024

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May 28-30, 2024

Emily Sylvia

Senior Policy Associate

J-PAL (Poverty Action Lab)


Emily Sylvia is a Policy Manager at J-PAL, where she manages the Agriculture sector. As part of this work, Emily oversees the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) and the Digital Agricultural Innovations and Services Initiative (DAISI), and supports the UM6P-J-PAL Agricultural Lab for Africa. Prior to joining J-PAL in 2018, she was a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow in Guatemala, where she conducted a landscape analysis of information and communication technologies in the delivery of agricultural extension services with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Office of Agricultural Extension and Rural Coordination. She also served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in the western highlands of Guatemala. Emily holds a Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelors of Science in International Development from the University of Arizona.


Leveraging low-tech digital solutions to foster inclusion and exchange with marginalized populations of the Global South

ICTforAg 2023 2023-11-07T11:45:03-06:00

There are billions of dollars being poured into driving agricultural transformation among smallholding farmers in the global south. Yet truly scalable and inclusive transformation remains elusive. Driving at scale transformation is only feasible with involvement of digital solutions. But developing, deploying and using these technologies comes with its own set of challenges. Often it isn’t inclusive due to poor infrastructure within these geographies and financial constraints limit access to most up-to-date technologies.

Join us in this session hosted by Ksapa (France), with guest speakers from J-PAL (US), Tomorrow’s Foundation (India) and Dialog (Srilanka), bringing in perspectives of researchers, on-field non-profits, and mobile operators to see which digital solutions work and what needs to change.