Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Writeshop on Voice services for farmers

Isaac Mulagoli Programme Coordinator NALEP
Writeshop 24-25/06 Ministery of Agriculture, Kenya.
FARA is helping Technobyte Kenya to secure funding with the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF)

  • The project under AECF funding will develop comprehensive language technology tools and resources to improve the versatility and user-friendliness of the National Farmers Information Service (NAFIS).
  • These tools are text-to-speech systems (TTS) for Kiswahili, Kenyan English and one other local language.
  • Technobyte will also develop Automatic Speech Recognition systems (ASR) for Kiswahili and Kenyan English. The language resources to be developed are a multilingual agricultural terminology bank and easily-navigable agricultural content.
  • In addition, Technobyte will develop an expert system to enhance NAFIS with an intelligent interface with the aim of making NAFIS user-driven and hence more responsive to farmers' queries.