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  • In December 2012, twenty six staff of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, the Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADs) in South Western Uganda attended a training session aimed at exposing trainees to the various technologies used in mobile learning, equipping them with skills for content development and to collaboratively develop strategies to integrate mobile learning into the national extension system.

  • EMPRES-i is a mobile app that allows Ugandan national veterinary authorities to report animal disease outbreaks. The app allows for quick information exchange on disease outbreak between farmers and the Ugandan National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Center (NADDEC).

  • Millions of people around the world continue to be affected by severe malnutrition, as it is at once, the world’s most serious but least addressed health issues.  The world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase, yet malnutrition persists. 

  • COMMUNICATION: KEY TO FAMILY FARMING

    By proclaiming 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, the UN has put family farmers at the centre of the international development agenda and has underlined the need to collectively move toward more inclusive and sustainable approaches and policies in the agricultural sector. 

  • Pastoralist Communities in the arid Shinile region of Eastern Ethiopia now use cellphones with special software to simultaneously update computers of Oxfam experts in two Ethiopia centers and in Nairobi, Kenya on the state of their water point.  If the level of water in their water points goes below a certain level or the number of livestock brought to their water point exceeds 250 alarms go off allowing for a timely intervention.

    A picture of Ali Mohamed motoring their local water point, courtesy of Oxfam. 

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