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20/11/2017

Technology for sustainable agricultural development in Nicaragua

Verónica Guerrero, FAO Representative in Nicaragua, highlights the importance of information technology in sustainable productive systems and how Nicaragua is taking solid steps to implement it.

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In 2014 Nicaragua initiated the implementation of the Coffee Early Warning System (EWS) (initially developed by FAO as SAT-Café to monitor coffee rust), which has been extended to other plagues affecting coffee crops. The tool has allowed for an increase in quality and coverage of the monitoring system, as it not only provides indicators of the incidence of plaques and diseases in real time, but also improves data representation and reliability. 

The successful experience of the Coffee EWS led the Institute of Agricultural Protection and Health (IPSA according to its acronym in Spanish) to develop other EWS for crops of interest in 2016 and 2017, including Cocoa EWS and TICSAN for animals, developed with FAO's support, thereby strengthening their sanitary surveillance systems. IPSA already has a Property Registry system (RUF according to its acronym in Spanish), a tracking system, and an information management system that currently works on the communication and interoperability of all the other systems to generate integrated georeferenced information. 

Please note that this article was not originally written in this language.
Author: Verónica Guerrero Rodríguez, FAO Representative in Nicaragua
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