ICTUpdate - a current awareness bulletin for ACP Agriculture

June 2012

Issue 66: A future for telecentres

Links

East African Centre for Open Source Software

This project is the outcome of research conducted in 2003 by IICD focusing on the status of Open Source in Africa. Open Source Software or 'OSS' is software where people can easily change the source code and that is usually available for free. | Read more...

Agriculture Research and Rural Information Network

Starting in 2003, the ARRIN project has brought agricultural information to rural communities in Uganda by combining dance and dramatic plays with ICTs. The theatre company, Ndere Troupe, which performs all over Uganda and has its main office in... Link | Read more...

The Village Base Station

The Village Base Station (VBTS) provides a flexible independent telecommunications service that can be powered by wind or solar energy systems, which can be significantly cheaper than similar systems running on diesel generators. Link | Read more...

Arid Lands Information Network

ALIN employs field officers to run local technology access centres in Kenya, known as Maarifa centres. The centre is a room or a converted shipping container equipped with computers and internet. It is an information hub where local knowledge is... | Read more...

Potential Benefits and Challenges of FOSS in Developing Countries

Several practitioners see FOSS as offering particular advantages to developing countries because it has the potential to curtail some obstacles towards the full use of ICTs, and to contribute to bridge the digital divide. | Read more...

BitMate is a BitTorrent for low bandwidth connections

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file-sharing system. In countries where broadband internet is widespread, BitTorrent accounts for as much as 70% of the overall internet traffic. In contrast, in developing countries, BitTorrent is almost unusable on the... | Read more...

Technologies Sans Frontières

The not-for-profit organisation TSF aims to promote technologies to assist the most impoverished, give them access to knowledge, training, goods and services, to improve their living conditions and to support their autonomy in all fields of everyday life, such as health and education. | Read more...

Improving livelihoods with ICTs

The gap in ICTs between North and South is gradually shrinking. The developing world accounts for two-thirds of total mobile phone subscriptions, and Africa has the world’s fastest-growing mobile phone market. Link | Read more...

Knowledge and Information for Food Security in Africa

Rural telecentres can serve as information ‘depots’ that provide regional, national and international information to agricultural development workers, including information on markets, weather, crop and livestock production, and natural resource protection. Link | Read more...

Sauti ya wakulima

Farmers in the Chambezi region of the Bagamoyo District in Tanzania use smartphones to gather audiovisual evidence of their practices, and publish images and voice recordings on the internet. Since March 2011, the participants of Sauti ya wakulima ... Link | Read more...



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