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Do Africa need assotiation for ICT in Agriculture

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  • Infita, EFITAand“Afrifita”
    Karel Charvat
    CCSS, WirelessInfo, EFITA
  • Announcement
    Please next few slides are not about Africa, but they express feeling of people from so called Central and Eastern Europe some years ago.
    I took few first slides from my presentation, which I made some years ago
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    ICT in Agriculture, Entebe, Uganda
  • IT developments in Central & Eastern Europe, with special focus on the new EU members from the region
    Karel Charvat
    EFITA
    Czech Centrum for Science and Society
    WirelessInfo
  • Imagination of some people few year ago?
    Monkeys jumping down from the trees
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  • What is real status?
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  • Back into Cainozoic (before 1989)
    What was real situation?
    Hardware
    COCOM restriction
    Own HW
    based on reveres engineering (mainly IBM360, 370)
    Minicomputers (PDP)
    First like PC (without hard disks, etc.)
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  • Back into Cainozoic (before 1989)
    Examples
    We developed image processing and neural network simulation on mini computers with 32kB Operating memory and 5MB hard disk
    On the beginning of Quaternary (1990) we paid for PC 20x more, then was our salery
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  • More big bang then evolution
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  • For Example
    In 1995 most of farmers in Germany used DOS
    In Czech Republic very often farmers started use immediately MS Windows
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  • What is Africa today
    Dynamically developed market (not everywhere probably), which could be in some cases more clever then so called developed world
    For example mobile telephony are used often much more effectively, then in Europe
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  • Using words from Bible
    If Africa need something, it is not obtaining fishes, but to learn, how to catch these fishiest
    So in other words, Africa can profit from both positive and negative experience from Europe (or other part of World), but Africa need to act
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  • What is important
    The important aspect is cooperation and mainly cooperation inside of Africa
    Experiences of neighboring countries could be more valuable, then in some cases transfer of experiences from Europe
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  • Our subject is ICT for Agriculture
    Here is necessary to act
    We heard during last two days a lot of ideas from Africa
    We saw, that there already exist strategies
    What is till now missing is cooperation
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  • Topic for Discussion
    Need Africa some platform for exchange of information about ICT in Agriculture
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  • Experiences from other part of world
    In Europe exist EFITA
    In America Panafita
    In Asia and Oceania Afita
    All this organization are covered by INFITA as world organization
    Africa is missing in this club
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  • Is there need for “AfriFita”
    Does Africa need platform for exchange of information in this area
    Is there wiliness to do this
    Are there volunteers, who can put effort to prepare this
    We can advise, but main work has to be done here. This could run only, if this will be decision of African peoples. It never can be important, we can only assist
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  • If yes, how we can continue
    There are events, which could be platform for this
    ICT Africa conference in May in Botswana
    WCCA congress this year in Praha
    WCCA workshop this year in Namibia
    Ant there is question about organizing WCCA congress next year in Africa
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  • But there is chance to use also other tools
    Currently exist Groups on Facebook and Lingedin for WCCA, where these aspects could be discussed efectivly
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  • Some possible contact and information
    www.efita.net
    http://www.infita.org/
    http://www.efita2011.cz/
    http://www.ist-africa.org/Conference2011/default.asp
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/WCCA-2011/126145254102850
    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3415437
    charvat@ccss.cz
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