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 • 10:45 - 11:30
Community Knowledge Workers and Ag.-Extension Tech FULL

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Effective extension outreach is key lever for strengthening the ability of smallholder coffee farmers in East Africa to achieve sustainable and resilient livelihoods. Kenya and Uganda have underdeveloped and underfunded extension services , in particular in Bungoma County, Kenya and Mbale County, Uganda near Mt. Elgon. In response Lutheran World Relief initiated the Climate Adapted Farming on Elgon (CAFE) project that has a focus on strengthening ag-extension services through the use of ICT to meet farmers' knowledge needs.
LWR staff members Garrett Schiche, Davin Wandera, Amos Sang will present on how the use of an ICT enabled ag-extension platform has been a key lever in helping smallholder coffee farmers on Mt. Elgon in Kenya and Uganda to make progress towards Sustainable Development Goals 2, 8, and 15 related sustainable agriculture, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and the protection of terrestrial ecosystems.
They will explain how the project put local farmers and ICT at the center of its ag-extension approach and will reflect on how the use of android phones preloaded with ag-extension information and a mobile survey application were key in the success of this approach. They will also highlight the challenges that have emerged regarding the post-project sustainability of the ICT platform and consequently the long-term sustainability of project outcomes.


Davin Wandera

Project Coordinator, Lutheran World Relief
Davin Wandera is currently the Project Coordinator for the Climate Adapted farming on Elgon project funded by Lutheran World Relief. Davin also worked as an Agronomist and M&E Officer on a USAID-Kenya Horticulture competitiveness project from 2010-2014. He holds a bachelors in Agriculture... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45 - 11:30 EAT
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