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.
Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) is an innovative project that harnesses the power of satellite data to support extension and advisory services to farmers in Uganda. A critical component of MUIIS is the capacity building activities of farmer organisations to own the information service and provide advisory services to their members.
A consortium led by CTA is working to develop and market a bundle of agricultural information products through SMS and smartphone apps to enable Ugandan farmers to access satellite-based crop advice. The project, entitled the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag Enabled Information Service (MUIIS), will essentially provide agricultural extension advisory services to farmers by pulling all the right components together - the data, the knowledge and the information - through the appropriate technologies. But unlike traditional extension projects, MUIIS will be much more wide-reaching, with information and advice available at the swipe of a screen.
August 5, 2015
For immediate release - Wageningen, 5 August 2015
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.