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i-Network Presentation

  1. 1. ICT4RD: 7th Annual SANGONet Conference November 01 – 03, 2011 Wanderers Club Johannesburg South Africa
  2. 2.  The I-Network Uganda is an ICT4D knowledge sharing and expertise organisation The I-Network has been in existence since 2002 with the support of The International Institute for Communication Development (IICD) - Netherlands More resources are shared on http://www.i- network.or.ug , Newsletters and publications Presented by: Richard Okuti
  3. 3.  I-Network has organised several thematic, topical and learning seminars in the years The team has also worked with government at policy level (National Planning, Regulation) & local government level as well as various Development Partners I-Network has largely encouraged the development of other projects like the ICT Consumer Association among others Presented by: Richard Okuti
  4. 4. E-Administration Capacity building of local governments in use of desk top computers Optimising resources through network useE-Society Capacity building in the use of ICT for documentation, communication and transparency Creating opportunities for CSO’s, LG’s and Private sector to collaborate in service delivery Presented by: Richard Okuti
  5. 5. RIS – Rural Information Systems in collaborationwith Uganda Commodity Exchange Capacity building of farmer groups in access to and use of ICTCME – Continuous Medical Education inCollaboration with Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau Capacity building in the use of ICT for documentation of learning materials Digitizing learning materials Presented by: Richard Okuti
  6. 6. Objectives; To improve understanding of the commodity value chain Improve understanding of the importance of market intelligence Increase commitment among beneficiaries to generate accurate production information Provide other cooperatives with a learning toolbox Presented by: Richard Okuti
  7. 7. Target; 12 cooperatives with 8000 farmers around Uganda as a pilot Local Government & community leadership CBO’s and NGO’sExpectations; Improved access and use of market intelligence Informed decision making Increased participation in production planning & production management, bulking and marketing Higher revenue and value addition Presented by: Richard Okuti
  8. 8. The Process, experiences and lessons of RUMI Presented by: Richard Okuti
  9. 9. Review of High Level Farmer Establishing a Groups baseline (HLFG’s) Selection of Awareness sample creation farmersDevelopment of Business Information Plan collection & Usage Training Participatory feedback Presented by: Richard Okuti
  10. 10. Activity & A due diligence was done to understand the nature,Findings skills and knowledge of the HLFG’s leaders  The groups were smaller than anticipated  There was a high population in some areasLessons The review formed a good basis for further preparation of the I-Network teamWhat emerged Leaders and sample farmers had to be involved were selected for the pilot. A third group was includedActions & Farmers were encouraged to select an enterprise asRecommendations a team to be able to produce large quantities Presented by: Richard Okuti
  11. 11. Activity & Due to limited resources only three HLFG’s groupsFindings were selected for the pilot project further more with in the groups were sample farmers  Noted different locations faced  Land fragmentation was a common practiceLessons Land fragmentation created a productivity challenge making it low and expensiveWhat emerged Language barriers were identifiedActions & Land hire was considered as an option in addition toRecommendations joint enterprise selection and lead farmers for translation Presented by: Richard Okuti
  12. 12. Activity & Assessment of availability, validity & usage ofFindings market information  Farmers were aware of market information  Use was limited due to access challenges  Information more importantly was not specific  Sometime late informationLessons Specific information needs were poorly addressedWhat emerged Weather had become a very serious information concern, many were ignorant about irrigationActions & Farmers needed to learn to process more specificRecommendations information and increase linkages with research organizations and service providers Presented by: Richard Okuti
  13. 13. Activity & Awareness was created specifically in understandingFindings how to apply information on especially in market & intelligence aspect, the changing dynamics of producing for the marketLessons  Most knowledge sharing was exploitative and was mainly shared by shrewd business people  Farmers were more keen on handouts and not knowledgeWhat emerged Practical demonstration of using market intelligence became a key motivator for changeActions & Attitude change & handholding was to beRecommendations introduced Presented by: Richard Okuti
  14. 14. Activity & The groups working with I-Network developed plansFindings  The groups didn’t have plans  Groups were created for marketing and salesLessons  Planning was not popularly used  Most farmers depended on natureWhat emerged Another training item was to be included on the agendaActions & Groups were advised & coached to research, plan,Recommendations keep records, project production & market appropriately Presented by: Richard Okuti
  15. 15. Activity & The training topics were jointly agreedFindings The training included;  The farmers were trained to identify sources of information and how to access it  Repackaging & translation for members  Accessing production data  Business planning (Each group made a plan)  Work plans, roles & responsibilities Findings  Knowledge in written format was not going to be shared easily  Many members had not studied business concepts Presented by: Richard Okuti
  16. 16. Lessons  Creativity was key in sharing knowledge such as use of illustrations, translations and scenario’sWhat emerged A need to create linkages with entire value chain actors became apparentActions & Leaders and farmers were guided through theRecommendations actions agreed including information collection & dissemination, record keeping and marketing Presented by: Richard Okuti
  17. 17. Activity & Farmer groups moved to include informationFindings collection and use in their plans  Interest was however low due to poor appreciation of information at the momentLessons  Motivation to change was limited  Linkages were to practically be arrangedWhat emerged Farmers needed more support in actualizing linkagesActions & A new part of the plan that was not originallyRecommendations included was activated Presented by: Richard Okuti
  18. 18. Group 1 I-Network worked with the group to develop a funding proposal, it was to be used to lobby for funding in the local banksGroup 2  Motivation to change was limited  Linkages were to practically be arrangedWhat emerged Farmers needed more support in actualizing linkagesRecommendations A new part of the plan that was not originally included was activated Presented by: Richard Okuti
  19. 19. Activity & A workshop convened to discuss the project &Findings documentation for other potential beneficiaries  The approach was appreciated  The process of change would take timeLessons  Change is slow and painful  The cost of access to information was quite significant (fees, infrastructure, power etc)What emerged A need for a bureau of continuous supportRecommendations Integrated extension services including all stake holders may be key Presented by: Richard Okuti
  20. 20. Process This process should be guided by skilled & knowledgeable persons It involves mapping the farmers value chain and working out a matrix of connectionsLearning meetings For continuity the process must be integrated in the day to day activities of the HLFG. Learning should be continuous  Experience sharing  Handling of emerging issues  Taking actions Presented by: Richard Okuti
  21. 21. To implement such an intervention one has to take into considerationsome underlying principles; Leadership & Governance Access to and use of market intelligence information Vision & focus in the group Knowledge sharing for decision making Appreciation of business principles Good infrastructure Access to technical services Access to finance Presented by: Richard Okuti
  22. 22. Implementing this intervention these were key learnings; Land fragmentation can be overcome by joint enterprise selection Re-packaging and translation of information is key Water source alternatives like irrigation must be explored Processing of region/location specific information is important Attitude towards farming must change A renewed approach to technical extension services Coaching and continuous business guidance Linkages contacts, terms of association/relation and roles key Presented by: Richard Okuti
  23. 23. Questions? Presented by: Richard Okuti
  24. 24. Thank you okuti@i-network.or.ug P. 0. Box 35112 Kampala UgandaMobiles: +256772725252 +256792725252 Presented by: Richard Okuti