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Monthly Archives: September 2017

NGO Bill Threatens the independence of NGOs and CSOs in Nigeria – Sign Petition

NGO Bill Threatens the independence of NGOs and CSOs in Nigeria – Sign Petition

The bottom line is that a lot of organisations will be affected…. Cooperatives (Ajo , Esusu etc), Student Association, Alumni, Youth Organizations, Religious organizations, Clubs, Development initiatives etc….

We’ve got lots of issues pending in Nigeria that we should be addressing by now … We need to get #focussed #Naija

More Information about the bill

This Bill seeks to constitute a new Government body with full powers to control Community Based Organisations, Civil Societies and Ngos; by implication this bill will give this body unlimited power to exert undue influence on churches. Organisations who do not meet up with whatever future policies they constitute will not be ‘revalidated’ (revalidation is proposed to hold every 2years) This bill is a morphed version of an effort earlier in January to negate church operations . We seek to stop this Bill because it will affect the operations of churches and the freedom to worship as guaranteed in the constitution of the country.

Sign Petition here …..
The Bill is meant to handicap NGOs and make the voluntary purpose of Community development invalid …..

You can sign a petition to House of Representatives: Federal Republic of Nigeria which says:
“HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STOP THE NGO REGULATORY BILL”
Will you sign this petition?

Click her to sign the petition courtesy Citizengo

Thanks!

Headworks 3D Mannequin Activates Innovation

Headworks 3D Mannequin Activates Innovation

Activating #ICT4Agric ICT4D #ideas

The world’s first holographic intelligent mannequin is the creation of London animator Dominic Faraway, who built it in his home studio in North London.

They used the Business and IP Centre of the British Library for resources and to patient their unique idea.

Headworks presents a new experience in visual display and communication: an ultra realistic talking 3D holographic head combines with a life-size mannequin body.

@Headworks3D

www.headworks.co.uk/

This technology will be a great solution as a sustainable technological replacement for scarecrows on our rice farm with an interactive image to scare away these destructive pests on our rice farm.

Furthermore, this could also help our poultries from rodents and reptiles where interactive images can pose a threat to any intruder saving the food industry from attacks and financial loss. The role of ICT in agricultural development cannot be disregarded.

Just making #somesense #activ8agric #ict4agric

Examples of ICT driven technological solutions to address pests……

Rice farmers in Taitung County have begun using scarecrows equipped with solar panels to protect crops from birds after researchers devised the technique as a labor-saving measure. Researchers at the Taitung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station said the solar-powered scarecrows can make noises that scare away birds without harming the animals (Taipeitimes)

Picture courtesy Chen Hsien-yi, Taipei Times

According to modernfarmer, a team of scientists at the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (FDACS) is employing creativity, plastic and 3-D printing technology to take pest traps to the next level. “Once you know the target pest’s behavior, then you can tailor the trap to the insect,” Smith says. “It’s half art, half biology.”

Picture courtesy of Courtesy Joshua Reid Carswell with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

One of Soleon’s recent projects is called the SoleonAgro, a drone intended for biological pest control in agriculture. The target of this project is a pest which affects maize stalks, causing a significant amount of crops to be destroyed each year. Instead of turning to pesticides or genetically modified crops as a solution, the SoleonAgro drone distributes Trichogramma eggs. The Trichogramma is a species of wasp which eats the Corn Borer, and offers the great benefit of being a natural, eco-friendly solution (materialise)

Pictures courtesy of Soleon

#socialmedia is also key for #agribusiness and #sustainableagriculture

The life of a #DevelopmentComunicator #AgriculturalCommunicator Let’s #MakeAfricaGreatAgain

British Library IP Business Centre … My course experience

British Library IP Business Centre … My course experience

#capacitybuilding #britishlibrary #socialmedia #businessstartup #entrepreneurship #AgricCommunication #valueaddition Great #course How do I start using social media for business? Organized by British Library, Business & IP Centre What a great opportunity to participate in this enlightening course ….. An up-to-date eye opener to the new hidden treasures within the #socialmedia #space Expect my step down training in #nigeria soon via #RhealyzTEGA, #FUTAAEC, my upcoming #youtube channel and other platforms It’s all about #knowledgesharing #socialmedia is also key for #agribusiness and #sustainableagriculture The life of a #DevelopmentComunicator #AgriculturalCommunicator Let’s #MakeAfricaGreatAgain

GODAN….. Introducing the Agricultural Open Data Package BETA Version

GODAN….. Introducing the Agricultural Open Data Package BETA Version

The importance of open data in agricultural development cannot be overemphasised. GODAN has been able to develop a sustainable data platform in addressing various challenges in data gathering and usage with the Agriculture Open Data Package.

The Agriculture Open Data Package (AgPack.info) has been designed to help governments get to impact with open data in the agriculture sector. This practical resource provides key policy areas, key data categories, examples datasets, relevant interoperability initiatives, and use cases that policymakers and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector or open data should focus on, in order to address food security challenges

Six Policy Areas in connecting agriculture data to user needs

  1. Empowering the farmer. Farmers (and especially smallholders) often have less access to information than other specialist actors.
  2. Optimizing agricultural practice. Government extension services possess a lot of data on agricultural best practices.
  1. Stimulating rural finance. The price of financial services for farmers is strongly dependent on the assumed risks by financial institutions.
  1. Facilitating the agri value chain. Actors in one part of the value chain need to know about performance in other parts of the value chain in order to make decisions such as who to do business with, or how to comply with the quality standards in different markets.
  1. Enforcing policies. Many regulations result in lists of items or organisations that are permitted, licensed, restricted or forbidden.
  1. Government transparency and efficiency. Donors, policymakers, beneficiaries, and civil society require data on government spending in the agricultural sector to promote more efficient decision-making, equity and prevent corruption.

 

GODAN invites policymakers, agriculture specialists and members of the open data community to:

  1. Add your comments on the beta version of the Agriculture Open Data Package (available at http://www.agpack.info/).
  1. Adopt the international Open Data Charter. Become a champion of the Agriculture Open Data Package, and be involved in shaping future versions of the resource.
  1. Host national and local-level consultations to landscape your national agriculture data

infrastructure, define your policy areas, and plan your open agriculture data strategy.

  1. Prioritise relevant government agriculture data for release based on the 14 recommended data categories and sample datasets contained within the Package.
  1. Contribute your use cases to the Package.

Send comments and use cases to enquiries@godan.info. Feedback on this document can also be made via the Open Data Charter Resource Centre. The GODAN Secretariat and network can provide  support to governments that are working to put the package into practice.

Download the full document here