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E-TIC.net Linking people to technology Agriculture, husbandry and fishing New technologies & citizen engagement: Practices and impacts from country cases WSIS Follow-up Viola Krebs, Executive Director of ICVolunteers ITU, 13 May 2010 Involve. Develop. Volunteer . www.E-TIC.net About ICV

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E-TIC.netLinking people to technology Agriculture, husbandry and fishingNew technologies & citizen engagement: Practices and impacts from country casesWSIS Follow-up Viola Krebs, Executive Director of ICVolunteersITU, 13 May 2010

Involve. Develop. Volunteer.

www e tic net
www.E-TIC.net
  • About ICV
  • Objective of E-TIC.net
  • Context
  • Needs
  • Tools
about icv
About ICV
  • International Non-Profit Organization working in communications:
    • Information and Communication Technologies
    • Culture and Languages
    • Conference Support

Linking Knowledge with needs

  • Volunteer Network of volunteers from 180 countries: 11.000 people
about icv projects since creation
About ICV: Projects since creation

Offices & Representations

Projects implemented since creation

e tic net objective
E-TIC.net: Objective
  • Citizen participation and inclusion of farmers, herders and fishermen for them to be able to better sell their products
  • Mali and Senegal
  • In particular Sahel Region
mali senegal situation
Mali / Senegal: Situation

Farmers

Herders

Fishermen

essential pillar of African nations

www e tic net senegal
www.E-TIC.net: Senegal
  • Literacy rate: 41-46% (total), male: 53.5%, female: 39.6% (2007)

Zones in Senegal

  • Guédé-Chantier : rice, onions, tomatoes, vegetables
  • Mbam : peanuts, shrimps
  • Meckhe : husbandry products,peanuts
www e tic net mali
www.E-TIC.net: Mali
  • Literacy rate: 46.4% (total), male: 53.5%, female: 39.6% (2003 est.)

Zones pilotes au Mali

  • Tombouctou : animals, fishing and rice
  • Ségou : different types of cereals, rice, millet, husbandry products, fish
  • Sikasso : ignames, mangos, patateos, fruits, husbandry products, cotton
e tic net partners
E-TIC.net: Partners
  • Local: Primatures, Ministères de l’Agriculture, de la Jeunesse et des Sports, des Nouvelles Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (NTIC), National Civic Service of Senegal (SCN), presse écrite, radios communautaires, télévisions nationales, organisations d’agriculteurs, Eco-Village Network of Senegal, CRESP/EREV/GENSEN, Communauté Oulad Nagim, Eco-Commune de Guédé-Chantier, Conjedev, Youth and ICT_Mali, Société Nationale d'Aménagement et d'Exploitation des Terres du Delta du Fleuve Sénégal (SAED), Association des Municipalités du Mali (AMM), Manobi
  • International: Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
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Mali / Senegal: Situation

Many of them:

Are illiterate

  • Do not speak French (but Pulaar, Wolof, Serere, Bambara, Tamasheq, Songhay, Hassaniya, etc.)
  • Live in areas where electricity is not available
  • Have never touched a computer
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Mali / Senegal: Situation

However, they:

Know the issues related to agriculture, husbandry and fishing

  • Can greatly benefit from the information available:
    • To better sell their products
    • To improve farming practices
    • To build a sustainable society (limiting pesticides and too much fertilizer, etc.)
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Mali / Senegal: Situation

Information available

www e tic net mobile phones
www.E-TIC.net: Mobile phones
  • Estimated population of Senegal: 13,7 million inhabitants (2009)
  • 5,4 million mobile phones (2008), meaning that 2.5 people have a mobile phone
  • 42.2% of the population is aged under 15 years, the ratio for people older than 15 is almost double
  • Estimated population for Mali: 13,4 million (2009)
  • 3,4 million mobile phones (2008), meaning
  • With 48.3% of the population younger than 15 years, the ratio of people over 15 having a mobile phone is amost double
e tic net means
E-TIC.net: Means
  • Collect data: Animating the Internet platform www.e-tic.net, management tool for the understanding of the needs of farmers, herders and fishermen, as well as researchers
  • Dialogue and assess needs: through questionnaire and direct interviews determine expectations and understand the needs
  • Provide Training: Provide training for connectors (volunteers, community radio journalists, women) at the of the day to train trainers, with multiplier effect
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E-TIC.net: Means
  • Research & Document: Present problems of farmers, fishermen and herders so that they are better understood by policy makers and the general public
  • Information dissemination:
    • To provide information needed for community journalists so they can produce radio programs for farmers, herders and fishermen
    • To work with SMS distribution services (Manobi)
www e tic net results of study
www.E-TIC.net: results of study
  • Specific needs and issues identified:
    • Availability of water / pollution
    • Extreme weather
    • Animal Diseases
    • Plant parasites
    • High prices of basic commodities
    • Sales products
    • Bank loans
    • Marketing of products
    • Locusts and other disasters
www e tic net toolbox
www.E-TIC.net: Toolbox
  • Community Radio

Websites

  • Written Press
  • Mobile phones
    • SMS
    • Talking functions

Telecentre

improve situation of farmers
Improve situation of farmers
  • Given the infrastructure and context a joint package of:
    • Information hubs
    • Adapted and meaningful use of mobile technology
    • Community Radios
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Improve situation of farmers
  • Given the infrastructure and context a joint package of:
    • Political will and improving government services
    • Mobile technology solutions and pricing of them – to make them available to people
    • Linking field with university work
    • Capacity building
www e tic net issues at hand
www.E-TIC.net: Issues at hand
  • Citizen engagement and participation, bottom up
  • Have people help themselves
  • Ownership
  • Contents
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www.E-TIC.net: Senegal
  • Farmers, herders and fishermen represent an important part of the population
  • Many of them are illiterate
  • Many of them do not speak French