role of GDCO Telecntres in e-agriculure

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Role of GDCO Telecentre in e-Agriculture

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Sudan e-agriculture project

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More than 90% of Gedaref state inhabitants are farmers or linked to the agriculture sector including animals. The Information and communication technology is not part of the culture and it is not a priority to the communities or even to the governments of developing countries, so the majority of the farmers when we started our projects 2006 are digitally illiterate. The government spent lot of money in developing software, but very soon they collapsed by mismanagement, resistance to change and shortage of ICT skills and trained staff. There is a big variation in crop prices and most of the time farmers sell their crops with low prices due to lack of information, so they go out of business or get bankrupted. There is severe conflict between farmers, shepherd (nomads) and forest department. Due to climate change thousands of children and young travel with animals looking for better grazing areas and water resource and miss the schools (out school children). Other essential services are in the big cities where there a brain drains from rural area to the cities. According to this, GDCO developed an e-agriculture project with a potential of sustainability with many partners to tackle these problems. Gedaref digital city organization (GDCO Sudan) is a non-governmental and not for profit organization (civil society) in Gedaref Sudan. It is founded through the partnership or twinning between Gedaref Sudan and Eindhoven Netherlands municipalities. GDCO was founded and supported with more than 750 computers by Eindhoven digital city (DSE) and many ICT projects were developed.

GDCO is part of the Telecentre movement where ICT is used for development of marginalized and disadvantage communities since 2006. Also, is a member of knowledge network for marginalized, under served and disadvantage communities in the Economy and Social Committee for West Asia (UN-ESCWA). Both initiatives (networks) are sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices for community development through ICT. GDCO established many communities projects including e-Agriculture, e-Learning, connecting people with disabilities and empowering women through ICT, Gedaref university support, telemedicine, trainings, capacity building and ICT skill development.

Several tools were used to establish these e-projects

1- Establishing strong win-win public private people partnership (PPPP) for community development. GDCO established Telecentres in GMAC with 15 computers and Gedaref state farmers unions with 20 computers. In addition we distributed 750 computers we received from our partner the Digital city of Eindhoven (DSE) in Netherlands and Telecentres in Gedaref State.

2- in the project training 30 of GMAC staff basic computer courses, internet, AutoCAD, GIS and GPs was conducted. Also, trained 60 of the ministry of agriculture staff, few of farmer union staff, families and leaders

3- Entering the data of 10.000 big farmers/farms (500 acre/farm and above) from the hard copy (files) since the 1960s after the ICT system of prof. Izzdeen Mohamed Osman attacked by viruses and also the change of 1999 to 2000 and the limit of the farmers to 9999 (4 digits)

4- Establishing an ICT system in GMAC by GDCO volunteers with a cost 90% less than the market submitted price

5- Managing the system for 3 years (free) and guarantee for 20 years updating (free)

6- Visibility study for connecting GMAC and other departments to ministry of agriculture office wireless (free)

7- Visibility study for full automation of GMAC (free)

8- Establishing out of school children e-Learning pilot project using solar energy and the project replicated in 10 nomads area by Gedaref State ministry of education

10- signing an agreement (MoU) between Sri-ramachandra University (India) and Gedaref University for the Telemedicine project for training, capacity building and ICT skill of medical staff and treat sick people online and many medical centers will be established in the rural area to move the services to rural area instead of the inhabitants moving to cities for the medical services using portable Telecentres to provide multiple services. 

11- Designing of the farmer union website and data for registered members by the technical manger of the farmers union Telecentres (he is a member of ESCWA knowledge network) to provide them with sevices

12-designing crop and animals web portal including agriculture extension web portal

e-Agriculture project objectives

1) Agriculture development through ICT specially GIS & GPS and monitor agricultural resources from being depleted or eradicated 

2) Development of national and global online crop marketing even for illiterates or low computer skills farmers to help them sell their products

3) Exchange of Knowledge and best practices between farmers to establish strong partnership to improve agricultural practices to Increase crop yield and decreasing cost of crop production

4) Enhance capacity building and improve the quality of training of the agricultural sector.

5) developing Gedaref State natural resources e-Map to help farmers monitoring their farms from any place through satellites (GPS).

6) Achieving the 8th millennium developments goals (8MDGs) and continue for sustainable development SDGs.

7)  Disaster control and solving conflict between farmer, shepherd and forest

 

Achievement of the project

1- Establishing strong win-win public private people partnership (PPPP) for community development. GDCO established Telecentres in GMAC with 15 computers and Gedaref state farmers unions with 20 computers. In addition we distributed 750 computers we received from our partner the Digital city of Eindhoven (DSE) in Netherlands and Telecentres in Gedaref State.
2- in the project training 30 of GMAC staff basic computer courses, internet, AutoCAD, GIS and GPs was conducted. Also, trained 60 of the ministry of agriculture staff, few of farmer union staff, families and leaders
3- Entering the data of 10.000 big farmers/farms (500 acre/farm and above) from the hard copy (files) since the 1960s after the ICT system of prof. Izzdeen Mohamed Osman attacked by viruses and also the change of 1999 to 2000 and the limit of the farmers to 9999 (4 digits)
4- Establishing an ICT system in GMAC by GDCO volunteers with a cost 90% less than the market submitted price
5- Managing the system for 3 years (free) and guarantee for 20 years updating (free)
6- Visibility study for connecting GMAC and other departments to ministry of agriculture office wireless (free)
7- Visibility study for full automation of GMAC (free)
8- Establishing out of school children e-Learning pilot project using solar energy and the project replicated in 10 nomads area by Gedaref State ministry of education
10- signing an agreement (MoU) between Sri-ramachandra University (India) and Gedaref University for the Telemedicine project for training, capacity building and ICT skill of medical staff and treat sick people online and many medical centers will be established in the rural area to move the services to rural area instead of the inhabitants moving to cities for the medical services using portable Telecentres to provide multiple services.
11- Designing of the farmer union website and data for registered members by the technical manger of the farmers union Telecentres (he is a member of ESCWA knowledge network) to provide them with sevices
12-designing crop and animals web portal including agriculture extension web portal

As the first e-Agriculture project in Sudan the end users are satisfied because it achieved many of its goals including
1- Establishment of telecentres in GMAC and farmer unions which help in training and capacity building the basic computer science, AUTOCAD, GPS and GIS courses and continuous practicing in Telecentres which aims to capacity building and skill development of all stakeholders including scientists, extension workers, farmers, teachers, medical staff and medical students, students on use of ICTs in agriculture
2- Including more than 10.000 farms/farmers in the system of GMAC which easy the transaction between farmers and GMAC in registration and renewing the farms license (before it is done manually in two to three days but now they can renew in few minutes). Although there is an e-system attacked by virus and the number of farmers/farms exceed 9999
3- more than 16 agricultural report are available in few minutes (agriculture Sector, Division, Name of the area, Demarcated or non- demarcated, Farm number, Area of the farm, Computer number, Renewal date, Amount paid, registration fees and whether the farm is planted or not and how many acres are planted and what type of crops) which helps the ministers, Leaders and mangers to take an accurate and quick decision.
4- Reduction in the cost of farms demarcation and determining the geographical coordinates (demarcation) because it is conducted by the trained agricultural engineers in GPS instead of being done by private companies (save more than 200,000 dollars in one year).
5- GDCO empower GMAC to develop Gedaref State national resource digital map (e-Map) using the geographical coordinates of the farms
6- using the e-Map to solve the conflict between farmers, shepherds and forest and help farmers to see their farms map from inside the office of GMAC and very soon in phase 2 will help farmers to manage their farms from any place through the geographical co-ordinates.
6- Online crop, vegetable and animal market including the daily quantities of crops and animal and prices in the market www.gedaref.com/markets these help farmers and traders easily sell and buy crops. Also provide a lot of information about the types, quality and quantity of crops are available which help in good planning for food security.
7- under-designed Agro-Mobile to provide 6 agricultural services (crop price, animal price, fertilizer application, weather, help desk, news break) by Drishttee (India) and modified by Rasing-Floor organization (Switzerland) and Wisconsin University (USA) to help even low skill computer or illiterate farmers to access the internet for crop prices (desktop or cloud computing) http://easy1234.org/sudan/
8- ICT for disaster control, where GDCO used the available information on the Internet for disaster control and a good example was in 2007 when the bird flu reached Gedaref state, GDCO designed a color poster and printed more than 3000 copies. This helped the government control the disease and this model can be replicated in malaria, HIV and also we use it for designing Ebola disease posters.
9- the future portable telecentres which can go deep in rural areas to provide integrated e-services including telemedicine, e-education and Internet cafes where they can be connected to the world
10- Development of strong partnerships between civil society, governments, private sector, academic and research institutions to support community services
11- Equal access and bridging the digital divide within the farmers and ICT becomes part of the culture and a priority in Gedaref state and people believe on its important socio-economic role for community development.
12- The extension content and the best practices developed in local languages and can be scaled and replicated all over Sudan so that the entire farming community can make use of it.
13- When GDCO start the project in 2007 more than 80% of GMAC staff they did not know how to use the computer mouse and now it is 100% computerized and all the agricultural engineers staff has many courses in GPS and GIS and they practice well.
14- Achievement of some of the 8th MDGs, 17 MDGs goals and Sharing experiences and best practices locally, nationally and globally towards the sustainable development goals by 2030.

Challenge

GDCO still has a problem to establish most of its e-Agriculture project and its application specially the agro-mobile services and the portable Telecentres because we are facing many challenges including

1- ICT is not part of the culture and not a priority  

2- Poverty & the big digital divide in developing countries  

3- High cost of e-infrastructure, financial problems, high government taxes and Power supply   

4- Resistance to change within the senior governmental staff and lack of ICT skills and trained staff

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Role of GDCO Telecentres in e-Agriculture (ISAF summit)

1- Sudan e-agriculture project
http://www.unite-it.eu/profiles/blogs/gedaref-digital-city-organiza...


2--agriculture FAO organization
http://www.fao.org/e-agriculture/users/ahme22sudan


3- WSIS Contribution
http://www.unite-it.eu/profiles/blogs/gdco-participation-in-wsis-fo...


4- WSIS 2016 (look for GDCO document)
http://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2016/Agenda/Session/143


5- International award
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gdco_sudan/albums/72157649492590728


6- e- farmers video
https://youtu.be/AvG4vVG743c


https://youtu.be/_9nNnceFp0A


https://youtu.be/pYzd0G9mlxQ


7- contribution to community Development
http://www.unite-it.eu/profiles/blogs/gdco-sudan-contribution-to-th...
8- official web portal (e-agriculture)
http://www.gedaref.com/e-Agriculture.html
http://www.gedaref.com/achievment.html
http://www.gedaref.com/GMAC.html
http://www.gedaref.com/certificates.html
http://www.gedaref.com/mission.html
http://www.gedaref.com/certificates.html


9- 66 GDCO blogs
10- http://www.unite-it.eu/profiles/blog/list?user=21w449uixv4i

11- For more information look in search engines
1- GDCO Sudan
2- GDCO Sudan and e-Agriculture
3- GDCO Sudan and ITU


crop market
http://www.sunta-sudan.org/

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