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7 Principles of MUIIS Uganda: An e-Extension Project (Benjamin K Addom, PhD)


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A consortium led by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has been awarded a grant by The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) to implement a project that will harness ICTs to supply extension advice in Uganda. The Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag Enabled Information Service (MUIIS) project, which runs from 2015 to 2018, will use data generated by satellite to improve production and marketing prospects for producers involved in three value chains – maize, soya beans and sesame. Partners in the project are the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), aWhere Inc., the East African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF), EARS Earth Environment Monitoring (EARS-E2M), the eLEAF Competence Center (eLEAF) and Mercy Corps, Uganda.

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7 Principles of MUIIS Uganda: An e-Extension Project (Benjamin K Addom, PhD)

  1. 1. 7 Principles of MUIIS Uganda: An e-Extension Project Benjamin K Addom, PhD ICT4D Programme Coordinator, CTA The World Bank, Washington DC Wednesday 3rd February 2016
  2. 2. A joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union CTA’s mission is to advance food and nutrition security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resources management in ACP countries It facilitates information and knowledge sharing, supports multi- stakeholder policy dialogue and strengthens the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), The Netherlands
  3. 3. Cross-cutting themes: Three Strategic Goals of CTA 3 Youth and Gender SG 1: Development of profitable smallholder value chains SG 2: Support the development and implementation of conducive agricultural policies and regulatory frameworks SG 3: Enhance capacity of stakeholders in information and knowledge management
  4. 4. 4 Market-Led, User-Owned ICT4Ag- Enabled Information Service (MUIIS)
  5. 5. e-Extension: Weak Links 5
  6. 6. 6 I: Multi-Stakeholder Approach
  7. 7. Private Sector partners driving the process Farming as business Good mix of value chains • low value (maize) and • high value (soy bean and sesame 7 II: Market-Led (Value Chain Approach)
  8. 8. Farmer organisations involved from the design stage User information needs drive products development EAFF to own the business after donor funding ends 8 III: User-Owned (Demand-Driven)
  9. 9. Value social capital, trust in farmer leaders and communities Equip with content to support the technologies Technology for reliable and timely information 9 IV: Farmer-to-Farmer Extension
  10. 10. Subscription through groups/coops Facilitated access to input and output markets Increased access to finance 10 V: Anchored on Groups/Coops
  11. 11. 11 VI: Multi-tier Capacity Development Areas of Training Training Method Number to be trained IT Platform and User Interface Classroom, workshops Medium 15 High 5 Profiling and ToT techniques Classroom Medium 200 Marketing and Sales Classroom, Case presentations Medium 1,100 ToT on Information Services Classroom Medium 220 Distributors Training of products Workshop High 160 Farmers Training Community classes, on-the-job Basic 350,000
  12. 12. 12 Acquire satellite data Provide data intelligence •Agronomic tips on amount of inputs use •Daily weather on timing/length of season •Preventive practices/early warnings •Rehabilitation in case of pests/disease attacks •Financial/Index-based insurance services •Market intelligence on where & when to sell VII: Innovative Use of ICTs
  13. 13. III: Information Management  Weather information  Agronomic information  Financial information Uganda 1.Maize 2.Soyabean 3.Sesame Farmer Cooper atives I: Satellite Data Management Data Acquisition Data Processing Data Storage Data Analysis Data Modelling Decision Support Services II: Knowledge Brokering  Demand Articulation  Network Formation Training & Capacity Building Monitoring and Evaluation Market-led, User-owned, ICT4Ag Enabled Information Services (MUIIS)
  14. 14. 14 With Support from.....
  15. 15. 15 Approach to ICT4Ag @ CTA Enhancing institutional and grassroots ICT capacity Supporting entrepreneurship & Youth Promoting the enabling environments & Uptake 1 2 3
  16. 16. 16 Apps4Ag Database Display
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