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Archive for October, 2009

Mapping the roads less travelled

Throughout most of the developing world, there is a real and urgent need for roads data.  Road location and attribute information can play a vital role in long term development applications and also help humanitarian agencies with short term emergency and logistical planning. Despite this dire need, though, popular web mapping service applications have not…

NEW! A tangible help to improve access to our research: or how to make our pigs fly!

The AAA concept is not new to the readers of our blog. We have been committed to increasing availability, accessibility and applicability of our research, what we call our Public Information Goods (PIGs) in many ways. From developing a framework, to working with centers to benchmark their current “AAA index”…now one more tangible set of…

AGCommons Business Opportunity: Leader Sought to Equip Africa’s Farmers with Location-Specific Information

Background Agriculture is intimately tied to its location in the landscape and, by extension, to key conditions strongly influenced by location, particularly climate, soil and water availability. This link to geospatial factors is probably stronger for agriculture than any other economic sector. Geospatial information is critical to good decision making throughout the agriculture sector –…

The Community Knowledge Workers model – A success story

“Melinda and I believe that helping the poorest smallholder farmers grow more and get it to market is the world’s single most powerful lever for reducing hunger and poverty.” – Bill Gates. One of the five AGCommons’ Quick Win Projects, Community Level Crop Disease Surveillance, has achieved an important result. As a component of the…

Welcome to our new Home

Welcome to the ICT-KM Program’s shiny, new website! It’s been months in the making and has involved many hours of hard work from a team of dedicated individuals, but we have achieved what we set out to do: create an interactive, easy-to-navigate, content-centered site.  Whether this is your first visit to the site or you’re…

AGCommons at Africa GIS Conference 2009 in Kampala

AGCommons, the program led by the ICT-KM Program to provide location-specific (geospatial) information to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa with the goal of improving productivity and livelihoods, will be present at the Africa GIS Conference 2009 in Kampala, Uganda (25-30 October), to inform participants about its development as an Africa-based service bureau and its Quick…

Our Website Revamp: More than Just a Facelift

Although we like to look fresh and current, this isn’t the driving force behind the present revamp of the ICT-KM Program’s website. Our focus continues to be on providing our audience with an easy-to navigate, content-rich site. You won’t find any unnecessary bells and whistles on the soon-to-be-launched site, but you will be able to…