An initiative of CTA, facilitated by the ARDYIS project

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The Future Google of Agricultural Land Information

Rose Funja explains how ICTs offer new opportunities for land management for farmers and entrepreneurs in Tanzania and everywhere. She developed with her colleague Grace a winning prototype now almost fully launched. She shares some of the lessons learned throughout this process.

Read more on the ARDYIS website  here http://bit.ly/Agrinfo-future-google

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MOBIS : aider les agriculteurs à accéder au crédit et à mieux gérer leurs finances

Il était une fois, dans l’Ouganda rural, un petit enfant dont la mère ne parvenait pas à cultiver pleinement son demi-hectare de terrain, faute de moyens. Aujourd’hui, David Opio est uni entrepreneur ambitieux. Ce jeune passionné des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC), s’attelle à améliorer les moyens de subsistance des paysans en Ouganda.

Trop de projets sont inventés dans des bureaux, à des années lumière des paysans et de leurs besoins. Face à ce constat, David et un ami, Gerald Otim, ont mis sur pied une initiative toute particulière. Ils ont commencé par étudier les besoins et attentes des petits producteurs agricoles, puis ont identifié les solutions existantes. La parfaite connaissance du terrain de David et de Gerald et leur compréhension des problèmes des zones rurales en Ouganda, leur ont permis de détecter rapidement les lacunes. Leur idée, simple mais efficace, fut celle de fournir un service novateur aux paysans, qui les aiderait à accéder au financement de manière adéquate par le téléphone mobile.

Une solution locale aux problèmes locaux

Ils ont ainsi développé leur solution – un système d’information facilitant l’accès au prêt et à la gestion de l’épargne pour les petits producteurs agricoles. L’application a été développée et est utilisée en collaboration avec les Coopératives d’épargne et de crédit (Saving and Credit Cooperative OrganizationsSACCO). Les SACCO se comptent par milliers en Ouganda. Elles encouragent l’épargne et accordent des prêts aux presque 18 millions de ruraux suscéptibles d’en faire demande. Cependant, leur impact est limité, notamment faute de technologies de l’information appropriées.

Des partenariats déterminants

Si l’idée du projet était bonne, les partenariats dont elle a bénéficié et qu’elle a généré ont considérablement aidé à sa réussite.

L’application a été développée dans le cadre du hackathon régional (AgriHack) organisé en 2013 par le projet « Agriculture,  Développement Rural et Jeunesse dans la Société de l’Information » (ARDYIS) du CTA, à l’occasion de la conférence internationale ICT4Ag  tenue à Kigali, au Rwanda. « Après avoir été nommés vainqueurs régionaux du hackathon, nous avons bénéficié d’une incubation de 6 mois chez Outbox, un incubateur TIC à Kampala. Nous avons aussi bénéficié de mentorat et du coaching de différents leaders du secteur », raconte David.(…)

Lire la suite ici:  http://bit.ly/Europa-ardyis

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CTA wins international prize for youth and ICTs project

CTA’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project has won an international award in the 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. After being shortlisted earlier this year, the ARDYIS entry was proclaimed winner of the e-agriculture category following a round of online voting and a review by a panel of experts of the three projects receiving the most votes. (more…)

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Young woman in ICT4Ag: a case-study of FarmDrive

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is very often perceived as a male-dominated field. But CTA’s experience through the Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project, has shown quite a different picture. (more…)

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Jamaican app to be launched after hackathon on climate-smart agriculture

A Jamaican-designed app that connects farmers to markets and helps them to plan their planting season has won funding from an investor after being shortlisted for the finals of the CTA Hackathon on Climate Smart Agriculture.

Called RevoFarm, the app was developed by a team of three young Jamaicans and was one of eight finalists in the contest, jointly organised by CTA, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Potato Center (CIP). (more…)

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Moving towards enhanced agricultural open data in the Caribbean

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An inquiry into open data in the Caribbean has found that the agriculture sector could benefit significantly if information was more freely available and widely shared. The CTA report, Agricultural Open Data in the Caribbean, is part of an investigation by the Centre into how open data can contribute to agricultural knowledge acquisition, effective ICT4Ag apps development, policy and value chain development in ACP countries. (more…)

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ICT4Ag: Mercy Corps and Ensibuuko to deepen financial inclusion in Uganda through mobile banking

Kampala, Uganda – Ensibuuko is excited to announce its partnership with Mercy Corps Uganda’s Agri-Fin Mobile program to improve efficiency in the operation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) and to provide rural smallholder farmers with the full benefits mobile financial services. (more…)

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Apply now: CTA Youth Call for Proposals

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It provides access to information and knowledge, facilitates policy dialogue and strengthens the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities.

CTA is pleased to announce a new call for proposals on “Advancing youth agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT innovations to boost climate-resilient food value chains” (more…)

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Michael Hailu: How ICTs Will Transform Agriculture

In this guest post, Michael Hailu, Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) outlines how ICTs can entice young people into agricultural professions and modernize the sector.

When I first met Gerald Otim and Opio David at CTA’s first agricultural hackathon in 2013, they had their heads locked together, preparing the pitch for the app they had been working on to improve access to finance for smallholder farmers in Uganda. (more…)

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Pictures of the Finals of AgriHack Talent Caribbean at CWA2014

About the event: Eight teams of young application developers, coming from six Caribbean countries took part in the Regional Finals of the AgriHack Talent competition at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture in Paramaribo, Suriname from 5 – 9 October 2014. During the various sessions at the finals, the participants received advice from experts in agriculture and ICT, and they also had to fine-tune the agriculture applications that they have developed. The last sprint was to pitch and present their products before an audience comprising of participants attending the Caribbean Week of Agriculture and the Jury. On the evening of 9th October 2014, the winners of the 2014 AgriHack Talent Caribbean was announced during a cocktail organised on the occasion of CTA’s 30th Anniversary. Partners of the event include CARDI, IICA, Telesur, Connectimass, Caribbean Open Institute, Microsoft, ICT innovation hubs from countries involved, etc.

More information on this website – Browse the picture gallery. (more…)

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