The creative design thinking work shop was held at Makerere University Agricultural research institute, Kabanyolo, for 5 days (3rd -7th August 2020).
This workshop was an initiative of the Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) in Partnership with Eight Tech Consults is implementing a multi-year programme with kind support from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on accelerating digitalization of smallholder agriculture in Uganda as an engine of social transformation of our country.
PROJECT TITLE: ENHANCING ICT ADAPTION, SERVICE DELIVERY, CONTENT AND DIGITAL SKILLS FOR SMALL HOLDER FARMERS.
This workshop was graced by the attendance of several key stake holders from the agricultural sector among which include CEO-UNFFE; Dr. Kenneth Katungisa, Assistant Commissioner-MAAIF; Mr. Peter Baine, President-UNFFE; Dr. Dick Kamuganga, UCC-Research & Innovations; Dr. James Beronda and the Eight tech team led by Prof. Jude Lubega and Dr. Drake Mirembe.
Information sharing will always be a key factor in agriculture where farmers in different sectors have grown crops, raised livestock, and caught fish, have sought information from one another. During our discussion, a number of challenges were identified in from this process e.g. Limited access to quality input materials, Limited access to markets, limited access to extension services among others. The team therefore realised that creating an ICT solution for farmers would enhance the above challenges and also improve the agricultural sector in Uganda by providing them with sufficient agricultural information that will improve their efficiency.
Studying the current eco system and agriculture value chain which is majorly “brick and motor” approach that results to poor record keeping and poor decision making which required transitioning to ICT.
The workshop kick started the developement of a #ICT4Farmers platform that will be developed by Eight Tech Consults.
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