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The value of accurate roads data is understood in fields such as transportation, logistics and urban planning. However the value of accurate and freely available roads data is often overlooked or mis-understood when thinking of agriculture, especially in Africa. Outdated and often inaccurate sources of roads data are routinely used for market accessibility studies, transportation planning and logistics. Now, with additional sources of roads information available to researchers for modeling and to local agricultural extension agents for planning, the landscape has grown more complicated. (more…)

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Throughout most of the developing world, there is a real and urgent need for roads data.  Road location and attribute information can play a vital role in long term development applications and also help humanitarian agencies with short term emergency and logistical planning. Despite this dire need, though, popular web mapping service applications have not explored the roads less travelled in much of the developing world. No tourists, no maps! (more…)

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RCMRD (Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development) staff from Nairobi, Kenya, Catherine Kunyiha (Remote Sensing Expert) and Julie Maingi (GIS Expert), came to Ethiopia for the week of September 28th to collaborate on the gROADS tool and training with iMMAP staff Anna Schemper. (more…)

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Back in Addis and things are looking promising. I was back in Somali Region at one of our offices that’s been having problems last week, ironing things out. It was a good trip, we had a followup training session which went well and provided a lot of valuable feedback (good ideas for tweaking the tool to a new version), and I ironed out some ICT glitches that ultimately produced some ”lost” data from the last couple months– exciting! (more…)

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Following finalization of the PDA data collection tool, Mark Yarmoshuk and Anna Schemper (both of iMMAP) conducted a pilot training workshop at the WFP Dire Dawa Suboffice from May 28-29, 2009. Transport was provided by UNHAS (UN Humanitarian Air Service). The training ran for the afternoon of 28th, and consisted of roughly 20 participants. The tool was met with enthusiasm by trainees and 2 units were left with the suboffice to be used for data collection on field missions going to Somali Region in the coming month.

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iMMAP staff Anna Schemper, based in the WFP Ethiopia Addis Ababa office, conductedsubsequent training workshops in two WFP Somali Region sub/field offices in the first two weeks of June. The trainings were geared toward those UN staff who spend most of their time working and traveling in the field. (more…)

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During the week of May 25th, iMMAP software developer Mark Yarmoshuk and RCMRD developer John Gitau met with iMMAP staff Anna Schemper (currently working with WFP Logistics) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to collaborate on finalization of the gROADS PDA software. The PDA tool was developed over the month of May using opensource software Cyber Tracker (www.cybertracker.org); when Mark arrived in Addis, development was nearly complete. However, the team convened several meetings with WFP staff investigating the tool’s practicability and field-readiness. Based on feedback from these meetings, final changes to the software were implemented and the team spent the remainder of their time in Addis developing appropriate training materials to be used in conjunction with the tool (see attached).

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