APR Workshop 2010-ICT4R-Mongolia-Batpurev Batchuluun

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APR Workshop 2010-ICT4R-Mongolia-Batpurev Batchuluun

  1. 1. ICT4RL session at IFAD event, Nanning, China, 1-3 Nov 2010 B.Batpurev CEO, InfoCon Co.,Ltd Email: [email_address] / Website: www.infocon.mn Mongolia
  2. 2. Mongolian Rural families Herders – 170,000 families or 400,000 people 60% are young people below 35 years old Farmers – 130,000 families or 300,000 people Mongolia: Land - 1,564,115.75 km 2 ; Population - 2,736,800 ; GDP (ppp) per capita - US$3,481
  3. 3. Mongolian Agriculture sector in a glance Source: Dugarjav Ganpurev, FIFTA
  4. 4. Harvested Area and Collected Harvest of Wheat The output of livestock production comprises 86.5% of the total output of agricultural production Source: Dugarjav Ganpurev, FIFTA
  5. 5. Planted Field and Collected Harvest of Potatoes The output of livestock production comprises 86.5% of the total output of agricultural production Source: Dugarjav Ganpurev, FIFTA
  6. 6. Planted Field and Collected Harvest of Vegetables The output of livestock production comprises 86.5% of the total output of agricultural production
  7. 7. Policy documents and national programs in Agriculture sector The output of livestock production comprises 86.5% of the total output of agricultural production
  8. 8. Examples of ICT4RL projects…
  9. 9. Prepares fortnightly report on pasture and agriculture land Growth of Pasture land 100kg / hector Tickness of snow , centimeter Pasture land usage/grazed
  10. 10. New technologies for ICT4RL <ul><li>Share information among PIU and other interested parties. </li></ul><ul><li>New technologies. It allows all levels of website users to create their own content at ease. </li></ul><ul><li>It is must to train people who are the main producers of content. </li></ul><ul><li>ICTs help project results dissemination and networking </li></ul><ul><li>Attach the website to Government’s ICT center. Which eliminates ICT support task from project. </li></ul>Stats since 2007: Total visitors:  146,755 Of 38,959 (27%) returning visitors Total page views:  581,119
  11. 11. Price/Market watch project <ul><li>Objective of Roaming Business is to improve the flow of business related information to nomadic rural communities in Inner and Outer Mongolia. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Specific objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>Apply new ICT business information developments in support of dispersed nomadic rural communities , encouraging business-related information seeking behaviour amongst the sector </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen the flow of information of nomad products between regions and Inner Mongolia and Mongolia </li></ul><ul><li>Create for the dissemination of the project results in other Asian countries and regions, such as PRCs Xinjiang Autonomous Region, and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan). </li></ul>
  12. 12. “ Business Information Agency” system architecture <ul><li>1 – Linux, Apache MySql, PHP and Drupal 2 – CENTOS, Asterisk, MYSQL, PHP and PHPAGI 3 – Mobigator for SMS and IVR </li></ul>
  13. 13. “ Business Information Agency” SMS system <ul><li>User sends/receives SMS to special number </li></ul><ul><ul><li>95960550, 95970550 and 99013039 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One SMS costs ~ 1.5 US cent </li></ul><ul><li>Total number of users – 1300 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uvurkhangai – 200 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dornogobi – 240 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Khuvsgul – 300 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Khovd -260 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Khentii – 200 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other provinces – 100 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.bia.mn/en/sendsms </li></ul>
  14. 14. “ Business Information Agency” Integrated Voice Response (IVR) system <ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated Voice Response (IVR) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>95960550, 95970550 and 99013039 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outgoing call </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incoming call </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leave voice message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call redirecting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place a call based on special SMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send special SMS after call </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 minute calling costs ~ 4.5 US cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.bia.mn/en/ivrs </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Lessons learned <ul><li>The result is that the SMS was mixed as the website is working, but the cost of managing and using the software is an issue. </li></ul><ul><li>The 3,000 client database was not a viable business model for local private business or NGO </li></ul><ul><li>The result of the IVR system was mixed. The concept and execution was good, but the deployment to usage was slow. </li></ul><ul><li>Due to developer from India: The internet connectivity was slow and thus during deployment the development meet many issues </li></ul>
  16. 16. Conclusion <ul><li>Problems in rural livelihoods can be solved by ICT. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But to implement ICT we have to find the right technology that can be accessed by the users. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rural people are facing a digital divide, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>do not have infrastructure (network, PC etc.,), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate information systems (web, software etc.,) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of relevant content. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of computer literacy etc., </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Thanks for your attention </li></ul><ul><li>Any questions welcome </li></ul><ul><li>Contact me at [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.infocon.mn </li></ul>

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