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Eastern Corridor Agro-Information Centre (ECAMIC) : a three year learning process


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Abstract: This thematic project brief describes the lessons learned from one of IICD / Cordaid’s livelihoods supported projects. It is intended for practitioners in the field as well as organisations that would like to learn from the experience of this project and implement something similar. With around one third of the population living below the poverty line, Ghana is on the lower ranks of UNDP’s Human Development Index. While farming is the main source of income for a large amount of the population, gains are hindered by lack of access to market information. The ECAMIC project consists of two phases. Phase one aimed to develop a market information facility to serve as a source of market information and data to 24 community based farmers’ cooperatives. Information is delivered from the district centre by Cooperative Information Officers through group meetings and community notice boards. Phase two, starting in 2007, introduced mobile services and provided 200 mobile phones at a reduced cost. In this period, the number of community organisations reached 48. SEND also initiated collaboration with TradeNet (www.TradeNet.biz), a web and mobile phone platform, to provide general price as well as customized information, including meeting schedules and policy information, through SMS alerts.
Authors: Koopman, M. , Senmartin, D. , Mumuni, M.
Series Title: Thematic Brief : practice & analysis
Country: Ghana
Category: Practice
Keywords: information and communication technologies , information services
Language: eng
Organization: IICD - International Institute for Communication and Development
PAGE: 4
Place: The Hague
Publisher: IICD
Year: 2009
Region: West Africa
Right: © 2009 IICD
Subject: Information, Knowledge and Communication
Title: Eastern Corridor Agro-Information Centre (ECAMIC) : a three year learning process