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  • 1. m-applications for m- agriculture
    2010 CTA Observatory
  • 2. IAALD 2008
    Mobile Observatory 2009
    IAALD 2010
    AgKnowledge Africa ShareFair 2010
    Mobile Applications Observatory 2010
  • 3. Observatory 2010: The potential of mobile applications for positive social and economic change in rural communities
    To improve ICM policies within ACP institutions
    and within development partners and agents
    • Key ICT issues and strategies relevant to ACP agricultural and rural development identified for e‐service delivery with mobile application stores.
    • 4. New links established among development actors for future interventions in e‐service delivery with mobile devices
    • 5. Inputs for ICT/ICM Innovation Plans of CTA and partners
    • 6. Online and printed / multimedia conference proceedings
  • Case Studies
    LINKS Livestock Market Information System in Kenya and, Ethiopia, ILRI & National Government
    Plant and animal disease monitoring by SMS from FAO
    GPS and 'CyberTracker', recording indigenous knowledge, South Africa
    Climate Change data - a case for m-applications
    Private sector market information initiative in Uganda
    Digital Devices - iPad, Kindle, SmartPhone
    App Lab - CSIR/Meraka & SANGONet - developing m-apps ecosystem through targeted projects
    DataDyne - SMS Data Collection
    Open Data Collective - Data Gathering, workshop evaluation built in one day
    Google SMS/Famer's Friend - Local Content searching and sharing in Uganda, BROSDI
  • 7. Spielman & Briner, 08
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  • 11. Policy Issues
    • Regulators, senior managers and Government officials often don't understand the Information Society
    • 12. It's very hard to get funding for policy advocacy because it is hard identify the impact of a particular player in the policy and regulation chain yet it is crucial to have staff resources to this area of work.
    • 13. There is low public understanding of the issues, so there is rarely public pressure
    • 14. Universal Service Funds are not administered in uniform ways
  • Summary Policy Recommendations
    Support the development of national and regional ‘watchtowers’, with all stakeholders, to perform studies, raise awareness, recommend standards and guidelines and undertake scenario modeling to demonstrate outcomes of specific policies and regulations
    Benchmarking, as a basis for comparisons, advocacy and as a motivator for individual countries
    Link and associate ministries other than Telecommunications or ICT, to generate pressure and interest
    Telecom networks need to be involved in regulatory process, especially from networks with regional footprint: create space for dialogue between regulators, operators and Governments
    Support civil society national campaigns, with authority, technical capacity and networking of civil society
    Highlight gender issues, especially in terms of adoption and appropriation of technology
    Key role for CTA in supporting these and other initiatives at all levels
  • 15. A snapshot of next steps
    ConnectAFrica& SANGONetin Zambia to link Rural Service Centres with m-applications; & Met office - pilot forecasts in rural areas in Zambia; & Meraka- MxITfor farmers
    FAO SMS pest surveillance: improve, use technologies such as MMS and USSD; Collaboration with CTA - Gender evaluation methodologies "GEM lite“; Climate information and the link to disease distribution patterns; Integrate system with Nairobi Link system (ILRI) for SMS
    ILRI : marketing of horticultural products - developing coding system in Kenya like that used for livestock
    BROSDI : Engage in policy and regulation at a national level; Learn more about the whole range of newer mobile applications - get an android phone!
    Yam Pukri: Use of phones to do evaluations/questionaires; develop national networks for policy advocacy
    WOUGNET: Work with CTA on policy work in m-agriculture
    Secretariat of the Pacific Commission : Work with Cafnon advocacy with DigiCell (same provider)
    DataDyne: Pacific and Caribbean farmers networks with EpiSurveyor (Data uploading etc); Link with CyberTracker
    Paul Barera, RTN: learn more about the range of use of mobile phones and m-applications and incorporate their use in telecentres
    Caribbean Farmers Network: Usefulness of value chain for mapping business models and for service developments; Capture case studies - e.g. Cybertracker; Replicating projects (USAID/Ethiopia/ILRI) in Caribbean; Climate data for Caribbean farmers
  • 16. m-applications for m- agriculture
    2010 CTA Observatory