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Robert Kibaya
Robert KibayaKikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization - KIRUCODOUganda

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Robert Kibaya
Robert KibayaKikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization - KIRUCODOUganda

Good evenning from Uganda to everyone.
This is a very important forum to shape the future of our respective nations' e-agriculture policy developments and implementations.

Right, I would like to register my response to Question 1: (Why are national e-agriculture strategies (also referred to as “ICT for agriculture strategies” or “cyber-strategies for agriculture”) needed for the agricultural sector to fully realize the benefits of ICTs? )

In my opinion, based on the rural experience I have, I think e-agriculture strategies are needed because of the following below:

(a) Because of lack of formal e-griculture strategies in variours ACP countries, this will Help to shape the formal legal development in connection to access, protection and utilization of ICTs in Agriculture at all industrial development levels of the sector.

(b) Because of lack of enough knowledge and information on e-agriculture strategies in a great number of ACP countries, this will help majority of players within or indirectly linked to the agricultural sector to begin a learning process on how the incooperation and utilization of ICTs in Agriculture can be of greater benefit and in turn, they will be able to rightfully advocate for the same at all levels of the value chain.

(c) Because of lack of proper guieding principles on e-agriculture strategies in majority of ACP countries, this will help to create a frame-work into which existing tradition and future sectoral policies can be directly fitted in.

I thank you

Robert

Robert Kibaya
Robert KibayaKikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization - KIRUCODOUganda

I am not very sure but the question seem to be focused at the ICT innovations used for the farmers by other NOT by the farmers them selves! Am I right and if not I always stand to be corrected.

Right, here in the rural communities of Uganda where my orgarnization opertates (www.krcdevorg.weebly.com), farmers have access to mobile phones but there is no content for agriculture that they can surelly access. May be, farmers use the mobile phones for calling to inquire about the agricultural produce prices. On the otherhand, most of the farmers do not know or have no skills to read sms sent on their phones and most of them find it had to dig far into their mobile phone platforms based on the fact that most of the mobile phones on their disposal are programed in foreign languages. Though the mobile internet (G3 NETWORK) can be accessible in most of the villages here in Uganda, computers are not accessible to majority of local farmers. Also, the mobile phones which can be able to browse internet, are still very expensive to majority of loacl farmers and very few who own such mobile phones, again they dont have the appropriate skills on how to utilize the same for information access on the internet.

Television and radio are also common in reaching to the local farmers but again most of them they dont own television sets based on the fact that most of the households of the local farmers lack electricity. Also, agricultural content on most of the television channels here in Uganda is so limited as most of the television media groups are for commecial purposes so they see no business to broadcast content which is of lower class people who cannot contribute much to their profits.

On the other hand, radios are so accessible to most of the rural farmers but again, the agricutural content is greatly missing. Further, expenses involved like battery replacement is still one of the hindering factors for for access to most of the local farmers.

Lastly, still deep in villages, mobile phone and mobile internet networks is still a very big problem. Phone companies mostly target communities where they feel they will be able to make profits.

Thank you

Robert Kibaya
Robert KibayaKikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization - KIRUCODOUganda

Thank you @creichart for these details and all the explanation. If possible, you share with me some of your fieldwork while working with these ipod touch. Also, can one be able to collect coordinates with this kind of technology for use on google maps, etc. Surely, I need to read more on these ipod touch and if you have more information on them I request you to share it with me.

Thank you and looking forward to hear from you soon

Robert
 

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Robert Kibaya
Robert KibayaKikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization - KIRUCODOUganda

 Thank you for sharing this information. May I know how much that ipod touch costs. Still, such modern gadgets are expesive for we organizations operating in rural communities. Further, they are not at our reach most of the time and accessing a genuine. Also, we lack basic training on how to use them. How do you ensure the elimination of the current challenges mentioned of above among others?

Robert Kibaya
Robert KibayaKikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization - KIRUCODOUganda

Annalyzing the socio-economic impact of ICT in rural areas is greatly welcome at this juncture of information age. This will help to:

-Know the real information needs of the rural areas in respective locations for appropriate action.

-to design appropriate projects which will really and surely help the rural people to meet their information needs cheaply and easily.

-to design appropriate and affordable ICT infrastructures and equipments that really suit the rural setting.

Lastly, I value this forum and I think it will surely come up with appropriate solutions which will help to develop a long term sustainable ICT strategies for rural communities.

I thank you

Robert

Robert Kibaya
Robert KibayaKikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization - KIRUCODOUganda

First, I thank you for this key questions, "What type of ICT can play a role in the agricultural value chain? How do different types of ICT play different roles? Before I tackle any of the above key questions, I would like to put my self clear to everyone that gonna be responding focusing on lay-man experience from rural Africa. Right in response to question one this is what I have to say Agricultural information production with satellite Receivers I happened to be one of the lucky participants for very important CTA Training workshop in Agricultural Information Production with Satellite Receivers which took place last year in Ghana . This technology of Satellite radio receivers is excellent for rural communities here in Africa where phone and radio networks are poor. The technology bypasses the internet and yet you can still download web-based content posted on the respective satellite. Even at a place with zero radio and phone network coverage the satellite radio receiver can still pick the signals from space. The first day I downloaded content from the satellite, I had a number of CTA publications in softcopy and I imagined if I was to order them by post, how much time it could take! Also, up to this moment I could not stop to imagine how much I could spend to have the real publications sent to me via post than to have them printed here in my village. Also I could not stop to imagine how I could bypass the custom charges as no one can stop content download from space to my computer. I consider this as the best ICT media so far for undeserved rural communities here in Uganda and Africa in general and the only limitation now is the inadequate content posted on the satellite as well as language hindrances not forgetting ready technical services in case of a fault just like in my current situation. Lastly, if this technology is developed hand in hand with solar technology then the majority of Rural Community farmers are likely to benefit at very low costs. In response to question two this is what I have to say Internet -It has reduced costs for information access for those who really have the basics in computer knowledge. For most of the farmers in rural areas of Uganda are poor to afford expensive agricultural hardcopy literatures but at the moment one can access just a section of his or her interest from internet and get printed out. I remember, before CTA started donating publication to my Organization, we wanted to have information on beekeeping as we wanted to implement the project in our villages. We looked for beekeeping textbooks from all the key book stores here in Uganda , but failed. We then tried to look for information from internet and the books were again expensive. We got some sites where the information was available which we printed out for everyone to share in our village and this is the time we leant of CTA services. I remember, we used like a dollar to have the information and also to read more about CTA' products and services as compared to so much dollars we would use to purchase just a book on beekeeping. In summary, I look at internet as best approach to share information cheaply with poor farmers deep in villages here in Uganda and Africa in general if at all they get training in basic computing, have appropriate ICT equipments and infrastructure developed within their reach that suit the Rural Africa setting. Mobile phones When I look at farmers in my village, some have phones others not. Those who have phones, very few can really utilize SMS option. Most of them cannot read a message sent on their cell phones as they cannot follow on with the steps usually in foreign languages which they don't know. SMS would have been the best way but language and technology know-how limitations are still a challenge in rural areas.

Robert Kibaya
Robert KibayaKikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization - KIRUCODOUganda

Good evenning everyone from Uganda. My name is Robert Kibaya and do run a local NGO here in Uganda called Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (www.krcdevorg.weebly.com) I look forward to learn and contribute to this forum based on the Rural Africa perspective. Thank you.