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Open Data and Agriculture (Kenya)

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Casper Sitemba (Government of Kenya) for the Open Government in Agriculture and Nutrition lightning talk session at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Mexico City, 28 October 2015.

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Open Data and Agriculture (Kenya)

  1. 1. Open Data & Agriculture (Kenya) Mr. Casper Sitemba GODAN Lead, Office of the Deputy President Republic of Kenya
  2. 2. “Open” Culture in Kenya • The culture of ‘open’ was initially pioneered by the Ministry of ICT and the ICT Board in 2010, when Kenya become the first Country in Africa to build an OpenData Portal and subsequently join OGP in 2011. • In the same year, August 2010, Kenya adopted a new Constitution that underpinned the rights of citizens, especially in accessing information but also in accessing timely & quality services from providers (including Government; • The Current administration, in its plans for 2013 – 2017 anchored a pillar of ‘openness’ (Uwazi), in the manner that it conducts its affairs and how it delivers services to citizens; • The Government is also currently working on the Freedom of Information Bill that will seek to articulate the vision of the Constitution on fundamental freedoms relating to right to information.
  3. 3. Agricultural Transformation • The era of open data inaugurated by the then President Kibaki and continued investment by the current administration has provided developers, researchers and farmers, unprecedented access to information on Agriculture; • “What gets measured, gets done” – The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has performance contracts that ensure innovation in Agricultural services are a priority and drive its planning & engagement; • Ministry of Lands is digitizing all lands records making information on land, easily accessible and available. • Government has also mapped soils in Kenya, making it easier for farmers to plant the right crops, procure the right fertilizers – “SMART Farming” etc • Investments in technology infrastructure in rural areas and a deliberate drive to reduce cost of data further informing the need to encourage farmers to access/use data for agricultural decision making;
  4. 4. Case Studies: Market Information System – State Department of Agriculture (AMIS) • AMIS provides market information to farmers, to make better informed choices on getting better prices for their commodities. • http://amis.co.ke/
  5. 5. KENYA PARTNERSHIP ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DATA Harnessing the Data Revolution For Sustainable Development 1. Agriculture 2. Health 3. Climate http://www.dataforum.or.ke/
  6. 6. -Partnering with Private Sector organizations, Humanitarian Agencies to mitigate the effect of El Nino -Data Driven response to the expected disaster which may lead to loss of lives, crops, disease to livestock etc. -Includes Redcross, UNOCHA, Equity Group etc EL NINO SITUATION ROOM
  7. 7. Kenya's Agriculture Transformation Initiative -The Office of the Deputy President is committed to setting up an Agriculture Transformation Initiative based at the Situation Room to ensure sharing and Access of agricultural and Nutritional Data. -This ATI will support our GODAN Membership -It is a joint collaboration with the Alliance for A Green Revolution Africa and the Agriculture Pillar of the Kenya Partnership on Sustainable Deve Data -The Situation Room will consist of Data Scientists, analysts, Developers, Techies et cetera
  8. 8. Case Studies: (Digital Shamba) • M-shamba provides a market place to match crop problem as well as telemedicine facilities for farmers to identify crop disease and purchase solutions via mobile money. • http://digitalshamba.co.ke/
  9. 9. Case Studies: (M-Farm) • Enables farmers to plan ahead using data and information to plan wisely – 16,000 farmers. • http://www.mfarm.co.ke/
  10. 10. Case Studies: (M-Farm) “I love Kenya because you feel you are home anywhere you go.” - Jamila Mohamed
  11. 11. Thank You

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