iHub Research By Angela Crandall / November 1, 2013
iHub Research & UX Lab to Partner with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology to Study Information Needs of Kenyan Maize Farmers
By Albert Otieno
We are delighted to announce that iHub Research & UX Lab, in collaboration with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)’s Institute of Computer Science & Information Technology (ICSIT), have received a grant of 4.5 million Kenyan Shillings as part of the Annual JKUAT Research Fund. This grant will be used to study information needs of Kenyan maize farmers. The main objective of the study is to investigate what information gaps exist that, if filled, can improve maize production in Kenya. This will involve a 3-year process of data collection, analysis, product ideation, prototyping and testing.
In line with Kenya’s current development framework, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Vision 2030 that aim at promoting sustainable and equitable economic growth to reduce poverty and hunger, this research project will attempt to better understand how to improve the productivity of smallholder maize farmers through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). There is a dearth of knowledge on the precise information needs of farmers over the crop cycle and few of the current m-agriculture applications on the market have been informed by an in-depth research study on the information needs of Kenyan farmers.
This will be a three-year collaborative research and development project between JKUAT’s Institute of Computer Science & Information Technology and the research arm & UX Lab of Nairobi’s iHub. The project will be broken into four main categories: identification of information gaps among maize farmers, ideation on possible ICT-based solutions, prototyping and testing the solution in order to better understand how to build ICT tools for farmers. All outputs from the project will be open and available to the public. The project will significantly contribute towards the body of knowledge on ICT in the agricultural sector and we anticipate that the findings of this research will be valuable for multiple stakeholders including the Ministry of Agriculture, third-party agricultural service providers, technologists working in the agriculture sector, the ICT Authority and Ministry of Information, and JKUAT Faculty of Agriculture.
philip sheunda at 16:54:40PM Friday, November 1, 2013
Lack of information is the greater challenge for Africa to realise her full potential.Reply
Such initiatives will surely reduce the gaps and hence have sound action plans more so on such touchy sectors like Agriculture.
Good work Angela and iHub at large.
Albert Otieno at 18:05:45PM Friday, November 1, 2013
You are right @Philip. Our farmers need to have access to information to boost their productionReply
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zack matere at 13:42:29PM Thursday, November 14, 2013
interesting i am currently working on a gadget and information distribution system for rural farmers .how can my idea be part of this initiative ?Reply
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