Here I speak of how this farmer like many others in rural Uganda remain isolated despite current efforts. He is too far from the farmers’ union that offers advisory and collective marketing support. It would take the official government extension worker at least two hours to walk to and from this farmers’ farm, he is barely literate so unlikely to independently use a ICT based solution like text searching for info. Farming is therefore tough but he remains optimistic that if only he could get help, things will be better.
The idea is that these rural intermediaries can extend agricultural extension to farmer like Chelangat. Talk about how they are identified, (are nominated by ag players and voted by their communities so they are a link between the two) recruited, trained on both info service to farmers & data collection for ag bodies as well as community service
Was having problems with my hens. Ten of her birds of 20 had died. A neighbor farmer looked up the problem using a phone and advised her to add aloe-vera to drinking water she gives to the hens. All her hens are remaining chicken survived!
Here I talk about how we workwith ag ext orgs that are convinced of the value an ICT enable intermediary can add to their existing program are working with us to build this network. Example of WFP
Applab Grameen Presentation
Combining mobile &human networks foragriculturalinformation deliveryMarc Charles WanumeRural Realities, Real Solutions, November 1-3rd2011 Johannesburg
Caroline Chelangat – A Rural Chicken Farmer Distance from farmers’ union/town: 30 km Distance from Ag ext station/sub county: 1 hr walk Income: <$1.25 a day Total Land Accessed: About 3 acres Education Level: Primary 775% of the world’s poor are rural and most are involved in farming
Public & Private Development Stakeholders The Model: Community knowledge worker
The network of these ‘wise’ neighbors is growingCoverageanddistributionis driven byag. extpartners CKW 4-6 villages 500-800 households 5-10 kmTraditional ext. 15-40 villages 3,000-9,000 households 50-300 km
CKW Program, Applab Uganda – October 2011 15 689 43,341 Districts CKWs Farmers Registered 38.79% 42 Repeat Usage 22,275 Crops & Livestock Surveys 308,059 358,653 Info Searches Total Interactions Sustainably improve the livelihoods of small- holder farmers especially women through access to information and services -Applab strategic objective
Smart Applications Local caching • Farmers aren’t always online • Network coverage isn’t yet 100% • Informational databases need to be accessible always • Saves money on frequently accessed information
CKW Search-What the farmers are asking about April 2010 - September 2011 # of info queries hits78661 68556 58354 19858 12087
Sustainable data collection • Simple to Complex surveys • Skip logic and input validation • Intelligent controls • Auto-saving • Remote survey management & submission • GPS, images, video, voice • Offline support • Time tracking
Demo of applicationsCKW searchSurveysDash board