E-Agriculture

Alain Nkongnenwi

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Alain Nkongnenwi
Alain NkongnenwiResearch for Development internationalCameroon

I can't support anything less than that, i think your point Chripsnp is very vital for the community and not just a local community but communities worldwide. I strongly endorce the idea.

Alain Nkongnenwi
Alain NkongnenwiResearch for Development internationalCameroon

I really thank Ajit for the point he made initially abaout these small farmers mainly the Small family farmers, Youths and local community farmers. I think much has already been said by the other e-forum members,  but the truth still remain that most of the solutions provided above are Guired towards the production chain which is good but how about the market chain? 

We shouldn't forget that one of the main objective for making the data open is because we want the farmers to also gain access to the generall market andbe able to sell theri produce to the market. So i think we have to tallk more on that because these farmers totally depend on this produce of theirs for their livelihood, so even if they produce mass quantities following the good Agricultural practice (GAP) it won't have much of an effect to these targeted population since we have solved a problem but not the problem we intended to solve.

Hence i will propose we have a little more talk towards the marketing of the produce on the side of the farmers. that is to say;

Where should the farmers sell?

Will the farmers receive their pay parkage on time?

How effective does the open data solve their problem/

With such questions being answered, i think it will be easier to solve the problem of open data in agriculture.

Regards 

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Alain Nkongnenwi
Alain NkongnenwiResearch for Development internationalCameroon

Dear Dr. Muchiri,

I totally agree with you, many government agents and coordinators don't want to make known their weekness by sharing the required information for political reasons and in some cases don't have the reason because of poor structures put into place to manage the use of the resources at hand and in other cases embezzelment most especially in the develooping countries where some of this coordinators are appointed politically rather than by marrit

Alain Nkongnenwi
Alain NkongnenwiResearch for Development internationalCameroon

I think Chipo and Vprot have actually made reseanable points in their contributions moreso the document that Chipo shared there was very helpfull in regards to the open data.

But in as much as we are tryinng to resolve a problem here we shouldn't create another at the end of the day by exposing some data that must not be exposed, so i will say open data can be of great help to e-agriculture if an only if we know the exact problem we are trying to solve and the bases for which we intern to implement the open data in agriculture because if this things are not well difined then we may end up building a "bee nest inside our bedroom".

I thing more light on this has been said by the UK government in their official blog which can be access here especially the point which emphasis on evidence based decition making and the other which talks about the risk involved.

In a summary, it leads us to the point that data in agriculture can be made open but not all of these data can be made open so for e-agriculture, it will work well on  what application and/or software is best for this purpose which will help us better understand the openness of the data requiredand how it should be handled.

 

Regards