Evaluation Of Sms Kagera – Based System For Pests

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Evaluation Of Sms Kagera – Based System For Pests

  1. 1. Evaluation of SMS – based system for pests in pilot areas of Kagera region Mgenzi S.R. Byabachwezi ARI Maruku
  2. 2. <ul><li>To test an SMS-based reporting system for pests and diseases in 4 districts - Bukoba, Muleba, Karagwe and Missenyi </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- acceptance of SMS-based system among farmers, extension workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- appropriate management and communication procedures for the SMS-based system, taking into account local context </li></ul></ul>Pilot project objectives
  3. 3. <ul><li>Participants were selected based on … </li></ul><ul><li>resident of particular village </li></ul><ul><li>owned mobile phone </li></ul><ul><li>able to read and write </li></ul><ul><li>able to use SMS function </li></ul><ul><li>approachable and respected </li></ul><ul><li>farmer or livestock keeper </li></ul><ul><li>interest in the pilot project </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Total of 120 people consulted </li></ul><ul><li>Included a mix of farmers and extension workers </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Participants drawn from 60 villages in 4 districts </li></ul><ul><li>Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates of participants villages recorded and then mapped using Geographic Information System (GIS) … </li></ul>
  6. 6. GPS reading in one of the village
  7. 7. Pilot areas for reporting
  8. 8. Muleba training
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  11. 12. Reporters <ul><li>Farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Extension staff (crops, livestock, NGOs) </li></ul><ul><li>Messages came from various destinations </li></ul><ul><li>Attracted others not trained </li></ul>
  12. 13. Needs for functional SMS system <ul><li>requirements for reporters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Airtime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whether protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allowance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition by authority and community members (introduction done) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FEEDBACK </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Needs cont <ul><li>requirements for research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>central billing system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Airtime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitation to provide feedback, verification and advisory activities (transport, per-diems etc) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Way forward <ul><li>Needs for central message centers from the providers </li></ul><ul><li>Directing messages to various stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Create a data base and mapping of diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Collect SMS for all crops and livestock </li></ul><ul><li>Designing early warning system </li></ul><ul><li>Make it applicable at National level </li></ul>
  15. 16. Overview <ul><li>Generally the system can allow for fast follow up of pests </li></ul><ul><li>Can reveal the stage where there is no action after reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Can help in early warning and prepared for new disease outbreak </li></ul>

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