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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Wednesday, May 18 • 10:45 - 11:50
FGPS Mapping Assisting Agricultural Value Chains in Farmer 2 Farmer Program LIMITED

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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is implementing a five year USAID funded Farmer to Farmer (F2F) program in East Africa (Kenya Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania). The program links US volunteers with host organizations to conduct short assignments of 2 to 3 weeks, addressing pre identified bottlenecks in the development of key agricultural value chains including horticulture, grain, maize oilseeds livestock and dairy. Assignments largely focus on improving on farm production, leadership and strategic planning, marketing, and natural resource conservation. The goal of the program is to improve livelihood and nutritional status of 19,000 households in the region.

GPS mapping was undertaken of key points along several value chains (from production in the field, to collection points, processing and distribution centers) in Kenya to visually see synergies and efficiencies along the value chains. Sites plotted include host organization offices, producers' fields, input stores, collection centers, processing plants, roads, micro-finance institutions and commercial banks among others. Data has been synthesized online, used to create visual spatial maps that show all project sites, support infrastructure and identify more efficient interventions along the value chain. Using overlays from already existing GPS maps, the developed maps were used to analyze patterns that cannot be observed in ordinary situations, understand vulnerabilities and provide opportunities for improving agricultural value chain conditions.
Though significant achievement has been made in developing these value chains, through volunteer technical support, achieving project objectives with a lean budget and extensive coverage, is still a big challenge. Spatial data allowed the project to effectively target its interventions as well as plan for improving beneficiary access to inputs, markets, value addition, and stakeholder linkages among others. Using GIS mapping allows for data collection, visuals, and then analysis to support the development of efficient and effective leveraging interventions along the value chain with greater prospects for sustainability.

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Peter Kariuki

Program Manager-MEAL, Catholic Relief Services
Peter Mureithi Kriuki is a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) professional with over seven years experience integrating ICT in MEAL activities in 7 countries in Africa. He hold a Masters degree in environmental studies and community development and is undertaking... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 11:50 EAT
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