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.

Tuesday, May 17 • 11:30 - 12:15
ICT for Disseminating Agronomic Advice LIMITED

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The ATA is Government of Ethiopia (GoE) initiative with the primary aim of promoting agricultural sector transformation by supporting existing structures of government, private-sector and other non-governmental partners to address systemic bottlenecks and deliver on a priority national agenda to achieve growth and food security. The ATA’s ICT team is responsible for designing, developing, and supporting initiatives that address these systemic bottlenecks by using ICT to implement sustainable solutions.  One of these ICT is the 8028 Hotline, which is a mobile-based Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and Short Message Service (SMS) system used to disseminate agronomic advice to SMFs and other stakeholders. In 2014, the ATA designed, developed and implemented this system to disseminate year-round agronomic advice to farmers and development agents (DAs) throughout Ethiopia. The 8028 offers a range of advantages, addressing literacy barriers and character limitations for farmers, while facilitating detailed sharing of information in any Ethiopian language. To date, the system has received more than 9.4 million calls from 1.3 million registered users (of which approximately 950,000 users identified themselves as a farmer). The information collected during registration is used to broadcast additional information via IVR and SMS on topics ranging from crops disease and unseasonal rainfall to improved agronomic practices, equipping farmers and DAs with critical information needed to make informed decisions in a timely manner. The ATA is also piloting an IVR based helpdesk system, developed by Awaaz.De, in partnership with Digital Green, that will enable farmers or other users to post their questions and for experts to answer them.  

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Temesgen Gebeyehu

ICT Technical Expert, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)
Temesgen Gebeyehu has been working as ICT Technical Expert at ATA for the last one and half a year. Prior work experience includes working at World Vision, Millennium Village Project and UNICEF Project for 9 years. He is at the final year (2016) of the MSc. program in Information... Read More →
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Ermias Teshome

ICT Technical Expert, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)
Ermias Teshome has been working as an ICT Technical Expert at the ATA for the last two years on two major ICT based projects, one is on the dissemination of agronomic best practices via mobile phones to the Ethiopian smallholder farmers and the other is in collecting agricultural... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:30 - 12:15 EAT
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