Launch of Smart ICT Africa website
The website www.smartict-africa.com has been launched today, as part of the Smart ICT for Weather and Water information and Advice to Smallholders in Africa project. The website shows historic examples of information packages on relevant weather, water and crop related parameters for the agri-business industry.
The selected beneficiary countries in the implementation of the pilot phase of the Smart ICT project are Mali, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan. The http://www.SmartICT-Africa.com website is tailored towards the African continent, and includes datasets of the above mentioned project countries where available.
This website does not contain actual, operational data. The information and maps are intended for illustration purposes only. As part of the Project, 2012 and 2013 have been identified as pilot years, in which smallholder farmers, irrigation advisors, water user associations and irrigation boards (in selected areas in the beneficiary countries) have free online access to actual weekly updated semi-real-time information.
The "Smart ICT for Weather and Water information and Advice to Smallholders in Africa" project, co-funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), aims at lowering the information access barrier in rural Africa. WaterWatch participates in this IFAD project, together with IWMI, Basfood and DLV Plant