These are ICT solutions to support the work of agricultural researchers, agricultural science students, extension staffs, and farmers to facilitate access to scientific knowledge and exchange information between these actors.
AfricaTs.org is a network for cultivar trials in Africa, promoting variety evaluation for crop improvement. The project aims to manage information related to trial sites in a standardized way, and also hopes to have research organizations pooling information on trial sites and making it available to the crop improvement community in a way that would promote a more efficient evaluation of improved varieties.
Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) is a program that provides free or low cost access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries. Launched in October 2003, AGORA provides access to 1900 journals from the world’s leading academic publishers.
The features of the complete text of Title 7 CFR, Agriculture, on your iPhone include complete offline access, tables and images, bookmarks, full-text search, header only search option, search highlighting, context-sensitive search, saved search history, and email sections.
Agro-Insight uses of digital videos for improving extension services delivery. Agro-Insight works closely with institutions and organizations to enhance their impact on rural communities through reflective research and effective video, radio and print material production. In addition to the emphasis on local farmers activities, Agro-Insight aims at contributing to a more sustainable agriculture and trade by enhancing reflection and learning among farmers, the R&D community, agribusinesses and civil society.
Agricultural Research and Extension Network (ARENET) is a web portal created to strengthen the links between the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) program and its related extension service providers. It is dedicated to helping anyone involved in improving rural farming to readily access practical, technical and relevant agricultural information from various national and international sources.
CELAC Project (2005)
The Collecting and Exchanging of Local Agriculture Content (CELAC) Project seeks to collect and exchange local agricultural content that works from the farmers. The project then uses website, monthly online and quarterly off line Newsletter called the “CELAC News,” phone short text mes- sages (SMS), radio call in programs, and music, dance and drama to disseminate the information.
eRails is an African Portal for Agriculture, a project of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) to build research knowledge management capacity within participating national systems of Africa. This service is for free for all those living in Africa working for agricultural and rural development. As an account holder you are entitled to create various websites in order to publish information about your projects and activities. eRAILS is easy to use and requires no programming skills.
GAINS links the libraries of all the agricultural research institutes under the CSIR and the Faculties of Agriculture libraries of the government funded Universities, the library of Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute (BNARI), the library of the Institute of Industrial Re- search, the library of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, and the library and information resource centre of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA). GAINS Coordinating Centre linked to all the 18 participating research institutes (PRIs) electronically.
The INFORNET project improves the flow of information between researchers, extension workers and farmers by repackaging scientific research reports into relevant and readable agricultural Information Products that help farmers improve their crop production.
The Kenya Agricultural Information Network (KAINet) is a national initiative in response to de- mand from the national and international community to promote information exchange and access among stakeholders in the agricultural sector. Access to a national agricultural electronic repository of information in full text and metadata, content from the participating organizations include technical notes, manuals, conference proceedings, research notes, sessional papers, journals, annual reports and project reports are made available through the KAINet website.
NAIS of Zambia involves managing the information flow between Lusaka and district station Kasama in the North of the country. This project aims to improve information flow within NAIS through the use of internet; strengthen linkages between agricultural research, extension, farmers and other stakeholders; increase the capacity of NAIS to collect, process, package, store and disseminate agricultural information and increase capacity of NAIS to publish in more ac- curate and appropriate formats.
The VERCON aims to harness the potential of the Internet and apply it to strengthening and enabling linkages among the research and extension components of the national agricultural knowledge and information system. The overall goal of VERCON is to improve, through strengthened research-extension linkages, the agricultural advisory services provided to farmers and in particular to resource poor farmers in order to increase production in food and agriculture with the goal of raising farm incomes.
This mobile application allows users to view officially confirmed and community-submitted occurrences of Sudden Oak Death (SOD), to search for SOD incidents, and to report them to the geospatial enabled database, OakMapper.
Project Noah (2011)
The app asks people to upload photos, GPS coordinates and other anecdotal info about wildlife they see. An update to the app gives users digital badges for participating in these endeavors.
This pilot project of the Caribbean Agricultural Advisory Service (CAIS) uses “Information Cafes” with Internet connection to exchange knowledge and experience between rural communities, researchers and extension services. It provides CD-ROM based information and printers, scanners, digital cameras and audio recorders for capturing, storing and distributing local information.
Sene Kunafoni Bulon (2006)
The project improves information flows to farmers and transformers and to acquire knowledge about the production, conservation and commercialization of agricultural products. It improves the information flows between the head offices of the three farmers? organizations and their constituents. It translates, repackages and channels existing academic information on productivity, conservation, transformation and commercialization in ways that can be better absorbed and understood by local farmers.
GPS based, real-time access to USDA-NRCS soil survey data, formatted for the iPhone. This application retrieves graphical summaries of soil types associated with the iPhone’s current geographic location, based on a user defined horizontal precision. Sketches of soil profiles are linked to their official soil series description (OSD) page.
TEEAL is a digital collection of research journals for agriculture and related sciences. Researchers, students, faculty and librarians can discover and access thousands of full-text PDF articles without the use of the internet. TEEAL is available to institutions in income-eligible countries.
TreeID allows the user to identify almost any tree in Northern America based on its name, scientific name, physical attributes (bark, leaf and fruit), geographic location. The app walks the user through the various methods of tree identification. The app contains thousands of images, illustrations and notations. Yet with only a few clicks, the user should be able to identify any tree in the forest.