Sylvestre Ouedraogo is leading a Burkina-based regional movement to use information technology to spur the development of decentralized knowledge networks used by small farmers. Some of these initiatives are prosaic: teaching farmers to take photographs of particular plants at regular intervals and to load them onto a computer as a way of spotting problems and tracking success. Such activities facilitate curriculum development for members of farmer associations charged with administration, but lacking the confidence to learn basic computer skills. These initiatives are also accessible by ensuring more energy efficient and dependably networked computers in rural areas, and SMS linked database information systems for small farmers. At the request of the Burkina Faso government, Sylvestre recently engineered a set of strategic recommendations for how Burkina Faso can embrace information technology by moving away from centralized systems and focusing on mobile platforms.