The Internet of Things: Making Smart Farms in Africa

Title: The Internet of Things: Making Smart Farms in Africa
Author: David Kariuki
Source: Cleanleap
Date (published): 15/01/2016
Date (accessed): 17/02/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Enter the Internet of Things, a disruptive technology predicted to change almost every aspect of our lives, from health, education, security, entertainment, business, governance to agriculture in the near future. It could help change lives by raising food production in sub-Sahara region where 95% of arable land relies on rainfall-fed agriculture, and no one could doubt the fact that climate shocks over the last couple of years have worsened yields. The internet, remote sensing technologies and cloud-based data sharing platforms are only beginning to change the way we see and do agriculture.

New Tool To Help Cambodian Gov't Detect Disease Outbreaks

Title: New Tool To Help Cambodian Gov't Detect Disease Outbreaks
Author: Joshua Wilwohl
Source: Forbes
Date (published): 02/02/2016
Date (accessed): 17/02/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In an effort to help the Cambodian government detect infectious diseases among the country’s 15 million people, the technical arm of innovative international health nonprofit InSTEDD has built a public reporting system and web-based portal to track potential outbreaks.

8 African startups leading the way to ending poverty

Title: 8 African startups leading the way to ending poverty
Author: Joy Elliott
Source: ONE
Date (published): 03/02/2016
Date (accessed): 10/02/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The collection of eight of the best #GlobalGoal busting startups that are gaining serious momentum

Bridging the digital divide in Cambodia

Title: Bridging the digital divide in Cambodiad
Author: Savann Oeurm
Source: Oxfam America
Date (published): 27/01/2016
Date (accessed): 10/02/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Two organizations in Cambodia have opened new Cambodia Community Innovation Centers in Pursat and Takeo provinces to help farmers access the Internet; many of them will use the Internet for the first time.
The Innovation Centers will offer computer classes for people in the community. Farmers and students in these areas will now be able to use the Internet to access market prices for crops, and learn about agricultural technologies. They can also use social media sites like Facebook to upload stories, photos, and videos about agricultural products from their community, and share those stories nationally and globally.

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

Title: World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
Source: The World Bank
Date (accessed): 01/02/2016
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed. For digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere requires closing the remaining digital divide, especially in internet access. But greater digital adoption will not be enough. To get the most out of the digital revolution, countries also need to work on the “analog complements”—by strengthening regulations that ensure competition among businesses, by adapting workers’ skills to the demands of the new economy, and by ensuring that institutions are accountable.

Innovative use of Mobile Phones for Profitable Agriculture in rural Uganda; A case of the CELAC project

Title: Innovative use of Mobile Phones for Profitable Agriculture in rural Uganda; A case of the CELAC project
Author: Maria Nakirya
Source: E-Agriculture
Date (published): 07/01/2016
Date (accessed): 13/01/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Sustainable Agriculture designates systems in which the farmers realize the goal of efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species.

Kenya's smart greenhouse texts when your tomatoes need watering

Title: Kenya's smart greenhouse texts when your tomatoes need watering
Author: Murithi Mutiga
Source: The Guardian
Date (published): 05/01/2016
Date (accessed): 13/01/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Award-winning greenhouses designed by two Kenyan students allow farmers to control temperature, humidity and soil moisture on their mobile phones.

Konga: The Emergence of an African Technology Powerhouse

Title: Konga: The Emergence of an African Technology Powerhouse
Author: Celestine Omin
Source: cyberomin - GitHub
Date (published): 07/01/2016
Date (accessed): 13/01/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This is my first post for the year and I'd thought I'll write on something that I care deeply about, Konga. This is a first in a series of post that will highlight how we have grown as a technology company. From the little days of relying on external tools to survive to the point where we are redefining the African technology scene.

Using Smartphones to Fight Africa’s Second Greatest Killer

Title: Using Smartphones to Fight Africa’s Second Greatest Killer
Source: ICTWorks
Date (published): 30/12/2015
Date (accessed): 08/01/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Want a fun statistic to share at the watercooler? In Rwanda, a very safe country by regional standards, you are 365 times more likely to be killed in a traffic related death than in the United Kingdom. Don’t do any research on the Central African Republic, you will wonder why authorities let cars in the country at all. This plague of traffic fatalities, the second greatest killer on the continent after HIV/AIDS, is not particularly well understood from a research perspective. What is certain is that the macabre total comes from many converging issues such as new drivers who haven’t had adequate training, increasingly good roads which allows for drivers to go literally breakneck speeds, a construction focus on more tarmac than safety, and inadequate first responder services to the scenes of accidents.

Digital Enablement - Bridging the Digital Divide to Connect People and Society

Title: Digital Enablement - Bridging the Digital Divide to Connect People and Society
Source: Huawei
Date (accessed): 08/01/2016
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In the future, more connections, sensors, devices, data, video, analytics will lead to even more productive agriculture, healthier individuals, stronger economies, thriving ecosystems, and efficient transport. A new divide between things will accentuate a deeper divide between the people that use them. Precisely because the digital divide is deepening between the digitally enabled and the digitally excluded, it’s never been more urgent to provide digital enablement. Increasing the value of that connection by providing people and organizations with the relevant skills and services is the second necessary step towards digital enablement. Without this the digital divide will actually deepen.
Huawei’s Global Connectivity Index finds that a 20% increase in ICT investment will grow GDP of a country by 1%. The ITU has shown that there is an important relationship between ICT development and other development indicators in developing countries. There are a number of barriers to digital enablement including availability, affordability, attitude and ability, each of which needs to be addressed at three levels: the network connection, the device, and the cloud application.

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