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Et la réponse est?… Un instant. Laissez-nous vous raconter une histoire d’abord. Une histoire à ré-inventer la roue… ou peut-être pas.

Il était une fois, une grosse tempête, quelque part dans le Dakota du Sud. Ce n’était pas l’orage providentiel dont les fermiers rêvaient après plusieurs vilaines sécheresses. Elle était noire. Elle était sèche. Elle était vicieuse. Mauvaise. Continue Reading »

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And the answer is?… Hold on tight.  Let us tell you a short story first. A story about re-inventing the wheel… or maybe not.

Once upon a time, a massive storm came to life somewhere in South Dakota. It was not the refreshing rainstorm farmers had prayed for after several ugly drought seasons. It was dark. It was dry. It was nasty.  Malevolent. And it was only November 11, 1933, the first of many. But not long after Black Sunday cleared, answers were sought. Solutions were found. Of course, drought was the trigger. But the cause was supernatural: it was the Dust Bowlers. It was human. And so were the solutions: Agro-forestry. Crop rotation. Strip farming. Terracing. CONTOUR PLOWING. Continue Reading »

Registrations opened today for the training day at the Africa Agriculture GIS Week 2010 that will be held in Nairobi 8-11 June 2010.

The training day will take place on Friday 11 June at the ILRI Campus in Nairobi, Kenya.

The program of the day includes parallel training sessions from ESRI and Google. Continue Reading »

ICTs can help smallholder farmers maximise the return on agricultural inputs, provided timely and relevant information is made available to them.

A feature by Enrica Porcari, CGIAR Chief Information Officer, ICT-KM Program Leader and AGCommons Program Leader, in the  I4D (Information For Development) Magazine describes  the work of the ICT-KM Program, the AGCommons service bureau and the role of location specific (GIS) information for agriculture development. Continue Reading »

From 8 -12 June 2010 the Consortium for Spatial Information (CSI) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)AGCommonsHarvestChoice and other partners are jointly organizing the second Africa Agriculture GIS Week to be held at the ILRI Campus in Nairobi. We are looking for experiences to be shared and innovative ideas and in the field of Geospatial Information Services (GIS) for agricultural development. We want to hear about your experience and how location-specific information enhanced your work and made your project more successful and effective. We are interested to listen to your ideas on how GIS can effectively be applied for agricultural development.

You can use any format, including interactive sessions, poster boards, video demonstration or  live application demonstration.

The closing date for the submission has been extended to 30th April, 2010.
Please note that at this point in time, we are not able to cover travel costs and daily allowance.
For more information:  http://africaagriculturegisweek.org/how-do-i-participate/

Call for presentations is available for downloading here: 2ndCallforPresentations

The explosive growth of social media whether it be Yammer, Twitter or Facebook in Africa along with the rise of the Cheetah Generation, where half the population of Africa is under 15yrs of age, is leading to a dramatic shift in the way that people perceive African development, growth and technical innovation. Continue Reading »

Flattening The Data

Offline Maps On A StickThe AGCommons team has been working with global datasets from HarvestChoice, Open Streeet Map, CGIAR-CSI, Google Map Maker, and the WFP among others. Aside from ensuring that these data are relevant at a local level in Africa the team has been looking at different ways to actually deliver the information to the field. We always consider low or no bandwidth environments, intermittent power and extensive localization. Continue Reading »