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.

Monday, May 16 • 14:00 - 14:45
Plantwise: Sharing Plant Health Knowledge via ICTs LIMITED

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Plantwise is a global programme, led by CABI, which provides farmers with the plant health knowledge they need to lose less of what they grow in order to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods. Plantwise has championed the use of ICTs over the past few years. We train our plant doctors using the PW Plant Doctor Simulator, to ensure that they are able to correctly identify pests and suggest the appropriate management solution to farmers. Together with our partners, we have piloted the introduction of SIM-equipped Android tablets at plant clinics and monitoring their impact.

Plant doctors are encouraged to use the PW Factsheet Library app to access the Plantwise Knowledge Bank (which contains over 10,000 factsheets covering 4,000 plants and 2,500 pests) and provide accurate diagnoses even when offline. The tablets also allow plant doctors to communicate with each other as well as national and international diagnostic experts via instant messaging services.

When a farmer visits a local plant clinic, their details and the diagnosis and treatment advice are all logged using an online management system. This allows Plantwise to monitor the doctors' recommendations to ensure they are accurate and comply with best practice. It also allows us to provide the clinic data to plant protection agencies and researchers, enabling them to track outbreaks of new crop pests and analyze their spread close to real time.

This presentation will be accompanied by an interactive exhibit.

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Dr. Washington Otieno

Plantwise Programme Executive, CABI
Dr Otieno has over 25 years' experience in agricultural research and development, specializing in plant protection and agricultural biosecurity. Over the past 10 years he has engaged in a number of initiatives that support improving plant health systems of developing countries, including... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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