Invertebrate and their body coverings using ICT

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Invertebrate and their body coverings using ICT

Polokwane, South AfricaPolokwane, South Africa
Year Founded:
2011
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Invertebrates are animals without a backbone. They can cause disease on plants and animals.

Increasing the understanding of these harmful species and their genetic variability, is critical, in order to find means to prevent and cure the diseases they cause on plants, animals and humans.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

ICT can play a major role to improve smallholder livelihoods and farmers.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We are not working in my community. We depend on subsistence farms and live stocks. Due to lack of knowledge we saw agriculture as something that is outdated and we have to leave it and find a decent job which is scarce in our Province. Poverty will remain on us until we turn 60 and get pension grant from government is we turn our backs on agriculture.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Education is the only way out for many things. In my community it is about species that have impact on plants and animals as this two things are our sustainability. We are using computers to learn about those harmful species and indigenous plant to cure some diseases in our community as clinics because we don't have clinics in our community. ICT accommodateeveryone and we can explorer with experieced farmers from other provinces or countries of how to deal with some issues when coming to agriculture using Skype, Google Drive, Drop Box, and we also have our facebook page where we discuss things about agriculture.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We got computer from P.E.A.C.E Foundation Trust, during weekdays I train community members about seeds and how to look after them They have to learn which seeds are good for summer and which are good during winter month. And then they have to go to our farming side and do it practically to see how it works. Evening Classes for boys and girls who are over 18 to go to social media to find funders, buyers, and solution to some our farming difficulties. Primary school learners over the weekend, learn about weeds and species that can be harmful to our plant and go to apply it on our farms.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Thanks to the inventor of google and linkedin because since then, we know what we are during and how we are doing it. We are now connected with the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural development to help us with policies and other useful information to agriculture. We know how Zimbabwe survive because of agriculture. And lastly we see a progress even 10 year old girl knows what is needed when it comes to planting. Thanks to Information and Communication Technology
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We have computers. We can offer adult classes after school hours as means of generating income for the community. Photocopying, Scanning, Printing, emailing and faxing is already some of the things that we do with small amount of money so that school learners do not get hungry during saturdays when we are on field.
Team

Founding Story

It started as a joke by getting a message from a man on linkedin called Gerrit Booysen explaining how can ICT be used for quality education. I thought about helping learners about Maths and Science until my mom was complaining about invertebrates on a farm. I realize that it is important to focus on something that will benefit the whole community than a small group community members

Comments

William Makgaba's picture

ICT use could have the greatest impact: agriculture, education, climate change adaptation, financial services, heath, and the delivery of public services.