Wednesday, 21 May 2008

UbuntuNet and the importance of networking in agriculture

F.F. Tusubira from UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking (who is himself based in Kampala, Uganda) explains that 4 levels of networking are important for agriculture:
  • at the policy level ;
  • the academic level ;
  • the farmers ;
  • and the markets.
UbuntuNet as such can not reach the farmers but can demonstrate to researhers the potentialities of the use of ICT for national and regional linkages and for agriculture at the grass roots level. He gives the example of the ICT support of Makarere University to a milk cooperative using mobile phone text messages.

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