After over one and a half years of thoughtful and careful preparations, the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) Service Bundle was officially launched at the Uganda country office on 8 March 2017. The MUIIS Service Bundle consists of a series of context-specific weather alerts, agronomic tips and index-based insurance throughout the season and covers four agricultural commodities: maize, beans, sesame and soybeans. Built together by a strong consortium of seven partners, both local and international, and other third party service providers, the service is geared towards harnessing satellite data to support extension and advisory service to farmers in Uganda. At the time of the launch, over 30,000 farmers had been profiled (digitally registered) and the registration can only increase when the platform is opened to the public and farmers see the value of the service bundle.
March 21, 2017
Participatory three-dimensional modelling for rehabilitation, conservation and protection of ecosystems in Nauru
The beauty of participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) is that it is highly visual and tactile: local people manufacture a relief model of the territory where they live and plot on it land uses and related vulnerabilities, as well as local resources and socio-cultural features. P3DM has proved to be an effective tool for collaborative planning and natural resource management worldwide. This practice was introduced in Nauru, in April 2016, with the main purpose of encouraging cooperation between communities and local government, while seeking ecological resilience. Nauru is an isolated Pacific island striving to drive viable developments after a century of uncontrolled extractive industry, economic recessions, failed investments and heightened exposure to the impacts of climate change.
January 4, 2017
Participatory 3D mapping in North Darfur
North Darfur is a dry, dusty place for much of the year; but when it rains, it comes alive with greenery. Wadi El Ku, a seasonal watercourse, suddenly flows providing water to thousands of people, their livestock and crops, which is the lifeline or breadbasket in El Fasher town, the capital of North Darfur, home to approximately 700 thousand people.
However, in the past 20 years, there has been widespread environmental degradation compounded by climate change. This video animation shows how local communities have been joining forces to find solutions, particularly as they relate to water scarcity and poor water management.
November 28, 2016
Startups from Botswana, Senegal and Uganda awarded cash prizes and more
Pitch AgriHack, which aims to accelerate youth-led e-agriculture entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods and food security, unveiled the winners of the 2016 pitching event. The announcement was made during an award ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24 November 2016.