The Readiness of a Lesotho Farmer for a laptop: Lessons from an agri-Question and Answer Service (QAS) MM Moshoeshoe Chadz...
Background <ul><li>The  web2for dev  initiative is the challenge against which we made an opinion enquiry: </li></ul><ul><...
A lecturer in Computer Science <ul><li>It will be easy to effect that idea </li></ul><ul><li>Anywhere there is a signal fo...
Deputy Manager Lesotho TelKom, Former lecturer in Agric Econ.  <ul><li>Oh yes, that is a bright idea. </li></ul><ul><li>I ...
A progressive farmer <ul><li>Oh my sister, I would be so grateful to get a laptop…  </li></ul><ul><li>Right now I am using...
A Senior Marketing officer – within the Ministry of Trade <ul><li>We had better be positive and agree that every business ...
Marketing officer, cont. <ul><li>I do agree they will be significant challenges to face, but most farmers would be prepare...
A Senior Lecturer from Faculty of Agriculture <ul><li>You are probably talking about 29% of full-time farmers, and are sti...
A documentalist in a research institute <ul><li>Madam, you are probably enquirying me because you know my institute carrie...
A peasant elderly farmer –  to whom I had to travel physically since was unconductable by phone <ul><li>Any tool that can ...
An ordinary member of the public <ul><li>No, I do not have any comments….. </li></ul><ul><li>I realy do not know if laptop...
Observations from QAS <ul><li>Types of Queries and debates on radio tell how intricate Agri-business has become </li></ul>...
Analysis <ul><li>The IT coverage is welcoming a very large percentage of about 75% of population </li></ul><ul><li>Complex...
Analysis, cont. <ul><li>There is a need to interrogate the market more empirically </li></ul><ul><li>Can deduce that some ...
CONCLUSION <ul><li>Thank you very much for your attention! </li></ul><ul><li>MM Moshoeshoe-Chadzingwa </li></ul>
 
 
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Presentation by Moshoeshoe Chadzingwa (National University of Lesotho) at the World Conference on Agricultural Information and IT - Atsugi, August 2008

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The Readiness of a Lesotho Farmer for a laptop: Lessons from an agri-Question and Answer Service (QAS)

  1. 1. The Readiness of a Lesotho Farmer for a laptop: Lessons from an agri-Question and Answer Service (QAS) MM Moshoeshoe Chadzingwa, National University of Lesotho
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>The web2for dev initiative is the challenge against which we made an opinion enquiry: </li></ul><ul><li>On the basis of “One laptop one child”, what is your opinion or comment on one laptop per farmer in Lesotho?” </li></ul><ul><li>Views were sought from various respondents </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences from the CTA-supported QAS were added to a summary of only seven categories </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis and postulations are presented </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
  3. 3. A lecturer in Computer Science <ul><li>It will be easy to effect that idea </li></ul><ul><li>Anywhere there is a signal for a cell phone or wherever there is land/fixed line, there Internet may be accessed even wireless </li></ul><ul><li>Do pay me consultancy fee I shall help do it </li></ul>
  4. 4. Deputy Manager Lesotho TelKom, Former lecturer in Agric Econ. <ul><li>Oh yes, that is a bright idea. </li></ul><ul><li>I am forwarding to you our latest report on Land Coverage that is increasing yearly, tele-density and penetration of the network country-wide are positive </li></ul><ul><li>But, the farmers, “who will train them?” </li></ul><ul><li>(See: 2 MAPS ) </li></ul>
  5. 5. A progressive farmer <ul><li>Oh my sister, I would be so grateful to get a laptop… </li></ul><ul><li>Right now I am using someone’s PC… </li></ul><ul><li>I recently returned from Zambia representing our Farmers’ Union, eager to go report to our chair, only to find he flew abroad 2 days ago if I had sent him by email whilst I was still there I’m sure he could have sent me comments that would expedite our implementation of resolutions… </li></ul>
  6. 6. A Senior Marketing officer – within the Ministry of Trade <ul><li>We had better be positive and agree that every business is not ICT-driven, & so is Agric </li></ul><ul><li>I am thinking global prices for agric goods which farmers need timeously, as the Wool & Mohair growers from the highlands </li></ul><ul><li>They need to be self-sufficient access data by themselves at convenient times not these general radio QAS that they feed on like school pupils, it is a patronizing approach, let us be fair! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Marketing officer, cont. <ul><li>I do agree they will be significant challenges to face, but most farmers would be prepared to start applying these technological tools in their day-to-day lives </li></ul>
  8. 8. A Senior Lecturer from Faculty of Agriculture <ul><li>You are probably talking about 29% of full-time farmers, and are still young to adapt. </li></ul><ul><li>The rest would have to their information needs met by some other means such as radio which you are aware is still popular </li></ul><ul><li>“ But a radio is time and space bound” I tell </li></ul><ul><li>Even a cell is restricted to where there is a signal & to the literate that can read sms </li></ul>
  9. 9. A documentalist in a research institute <ul><li>Madam, you are probably enquirying me because you know my institute carried out a study on schoolnet project assessing primary school preparedness for laptops. </li></ul><ul><li>We appreciate long-life learning to which laptops for farmers would apply, but would you limit the gargets to the young active farmers? The old have different priorities! </li></ul>
  10. 10. A peasant elderly farmer – to whom I had to travel physically since was unconductable by phone <ul><li>Any tool that can help me conduct my business fast, easily will be desirable. </li></ul><ul><li>Are they the same as cell phones? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you aware in winter people who look after our livestock in the highlands some time are caught by snow and cannot be traced till they die, would cell phones not safe their lives there to call advise on their whereabouts? </li></ul><ul><li>But I do not have electricity yet, where will I charge that thing if it is like a cell phone? </li></ul>
  11. 11. An ordinary member of the public <ul><li>No, I do not have any comments….. </li></ul><ul><li>I realy do not know if laptops can help </li></ul>
  12. 12. Observations from QAS <ul><li>Types of Queries and debates on radio tell how intricate Agri-business has become </li></ul><ul><li>Levels of enthusiasm of categories of farmers also indicate that generalization will not be prudent </li></ul><ul><li>Yet a seamless agricultural info service usage by both the academics & the public benefits all </li></ul><ul><li>Radio is slow and time-space bound, thus costly & comparatively ineffective in the long term </li></ul><ul><li>QAS has operated for less than a year and still fluid in this regard </li></ul>
  13. 13. Analysis <ul><li>The IT coverage is welcoming a very large percentage of about 75% of population </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity of agri-business, Social need and moral obligation by authority place a demand </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological readiness and mindset required </li></ul><ul><li>Financial capacity of each farmer in the given bracket (75% and 34% penetration) is doubtful </li></ul><ul><li>Technical assistance such as training would be as imperative as it is to all sectors </li></ul>
  14. 14. Analysis, cont. <ul><li>There is a need to interrogate the market more empirically </li></ul><ul><li>Can deduce that some percentage may pilot the use of laptops, especially in the lowlands where there is connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Seemingly a higher percentage would come later </li></ul><ul><li>Optimists say farmers are ready, but how many is an indeterminable percent now! </li></ul>
  15. 15. CONCLUSION <ul><li>Thank you very much for your attention! </li></ul><ul><li>MM Moshoeshoe-Chadzingwa </li></ul>

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