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Enhancing farmers’ access to information in Africa

AFAAS / Uganda - Development of a web-based knowledge platform for collection, compilation, categorization, and dissemination of agricultural related information.

SDG 15 - Life On Land

Project Detail

Background

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched the Farmer Field School (FFS) programme in 1989 to train rice farmers in Indonesia on integrated pest management (IPM) as part of their National IPM Programme. Because of its enormous success in Indonesia, this initiative quickly expanded to other Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American countries. However, in East Africa, there was a need to develop an inclusive information system for farmers in order to improve farmers' access to information. As a result, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Eastern Africa aimed to create a web-based knowledge platform for the gathering, compilation, categorizing, and dissemination of FS-related information.

Solution

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) presented a system that would expand the information knowledge management platform and establish the necessary system improvements as a solution to this problem. AFAAS contracted Bewsys to develop a user-friendly information system aid mapping and engagement with Field School facilitators. This was aimed at enhancing an inclusive system for farmers to have easy access to information. 

Impact

Through the application developed, field schools can now access and share information virtually, increasing the AFAAS's ability to effectively expand agricultural extension and consulting services across Africa at reduced costs. The improved coverage of agricultural extension information has enhanced the quality and quantity of farmer’s yield while increasing farmers' living standards and environmental conservation through sustainable farming practices. 


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Testimonials

FAO

Working with Bewsys has been a tremendous journey. We have not reached our destination, but we are enjoying the ride. Although it was supposed to be a corporate function, at meetings, we built rapport and trust with the consultants, and at the same time, they enhanced efficiency and collaboration.

World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)

Bewsys sure knows what it’s about. I’m particularly thrilled with the use of technology to accomplish tasks and also with the packaging of deliverables.

Proforest

Great service. I will recommend any day, anytime.

USAID

The Bewsys team worked professionally on our assignment and sought to deliver our needs with great patience and creativity. They are reliable and competent, and I recommend them for any assignment. Bewsys sure knows what it’s about. I’m particularly thrilled with the use of technology to accomplish tasks and also with the packaging of deliverables.

Chemonics

Very professional in their work and client communication. I was really impressed with their ability to meet all their deliverable schedules and, above all, submit a comprehensive user manual. I will recommend them to other projects.

UNDP Phillipines

Bewsys has been able to deliver what was expected based on the agreed timelines. The inception mission in the Philippines has been successful, and discussions with various stakeholders have been fruitful. Bewsys showed eagerness to know more about the unique requirements of the portal upon hearing it from firsthand users. They were able to accommodate various questions, comments, suggestions, and recommendations from different stakeholders, mainly from the government side, with each agency with unique requirements.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Bewsys staff are results-oriented and adapted a lot of tasks, and were flexible to ensure the solution they provided was the best. A feather in their cap!

Association of African Universities

There is a great need for digital systems development in Africa. I think it will be essential to continue supporting institutions such as Bewsys so they can do these jobs better. Also, we need to think about solutions that can be deployed quickly to support other institutions where there is a match in need.