The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Tuesday, May 17 • 16:45 - 17:30
Smart ICT for Managing Irrigation and Floods in Africa LIMITED

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The Surface Energy Balance Algorithm (SEBAL) has been applied to DMC satellite and MODIS sensors for estimation of crop water requirements for the farm blocks and a unique combination of crop water requirements and deficit were transferred through ICT-enabled services to assist small farmers in Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia for undertaking actions. The customized information allowed them to plan at the individual field scale not what to plant and irrigate but when the weather conditions will be just right for maximum productivity and profits. Further, potential application of satellite-based rainfall estimates and flood forecasting model through a distributed modeling using remote sensing was developed for Gash River Basin in Sudan. The model was tested during the 2013 floods at real time, 3-hour intervals. The accuracy of the estimated peak flood discharge and lag time was found to be good with reference to field observation data. Flood forecasting lead time is increased by 12 hours compared to conventional methods of forecasting. With this remote-sensing-ICT based hydrological modeling approach, the accuracy in discharge computations has improved when compared to conventional methods, flood forecasting can be carried out at any river confluence and the influence of any tributary can be examined separately. Web and mobile-based smart ICT helped in real time sharing of actionable advice with the water managers, water user associations and individual farmers. These tools helped in improving the productivity and reduce vulnerability of small holder farmers in Africa. Business models have been developed for adoption and plans are underway for largescale upscaling.

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Dr. Bharat Sharma

Scientist Emeritus (WR), International Water Management Institute
Bharat R Sharma has over 30 years experience in natural resources management research especially for surface and ground water resources, on-farm and rainwater management. His key contributions included improving large irrigation commands, assessment and management of groundwater in... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:45 - 17:30 EAT
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