The Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) is developing a practical, timely, and cost-effective soil health surveillance service to map soil conditions, set a baseline for monitoring changes, and provide options for improved soil and land management. Because knowledge about the condition and trend of African soils is highly fragmented and dated, there is an urgent need for accurate, up-to-date, and spatially referenced soil information to support agriculture in Africa. This coincides with developments in technologies that allow for accurate collection and prediction of soil properties. The system will facilitate the identification of areas at risk of soil degradation and corresponding preventive and rehabilitative soil management interventions based on analysis of what works and what doesn’t.
One of the mandates of the African Union / Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is collecting and analyzing data and disseminating information on animal resources. In this regard, AU-IBAR has undertaken to revamp the Animal Resources Information System (ARIS) developed earlier and produce the second version of the application, otherwise known as Animal Resources Information System 2 (ARIS 2). This project is funded by USAID through the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). ARIS 2 is a web-based application for the collection and analysis of animal resources data and dissemination of information, which is designed to be used by all the 53 Member States of the African Union. The first phase of this project runs between July And December 2009 and covers only four pilot countries. The major components of ARIS 2 are animal health, animal production and livestock marketing and trade.
The Farmers’ Rights Project is aimed at supporting the implementation of Farmers’ Rights as they are recognized in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Starting in 2005, it is a long term project with many different components, comprising research and surveys as well as more operational activities such as this website. It is based at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway.
The development of PAAT Information System (PAAT-IS) has been driven by the need for decision support at international, continental, regional and national level to guide strategic decisions on tsetse and trypanosomiasis control in sub-Saharan Africa. PAAT-IS is made up of several components: the Web site, the Geographical Information System (GIS), the Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Information (TTI) Bulletin, the Technical and Scientific Series and the PAAT – Link.
LEWS is an early warning system for monitoring nutrition and livestock health for food security of humans in east Africa. LEWS is a sub-project within the Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program (GL-CRSP), being implemented by Texas A&M University and funded by USAID.
LINKS is a Livestock Information Network and Knowledge System which provides regular livestock prices and volume information on most of the major livestock markets in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania along with information on forage conditions, disease outbreak, conflict and water supply to support decision making at multiple scales. This system provides near real time market information which is available on request via SMS text message system, email, WorldSpace radio systems and on the internet. LINKS is a sub-project within the Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program (GL-CRSP) being implemented by Texas A&M University and funded by USAID.
CoFIS provides information on the extent of forest cover and areas supporting wild coffee populations, as well as a selection of scientific outcomes. CoFIS is the web based realization of the Ethiopian Coffee Forest Atlas, which focuses on: decision support for land use planning economic development in southwest Ethiopia; facilitating spatial fusion of scientific outcomes within the CoCE project; providing easy access of research results of the CoCE project for the scientific community.
The Agricultural Market Information System (SIMA) was established to collate and analyse information on agricultural markets in Mozambique. The agency produces a weekly bulletin on markets and prices.
Agra eAuctions is a virtual market place where buyers and sellers meet to trade livestock and other marketable goods. There are many advantages to buying animals via the Internet. The quality of the livestock is maintained because of the reduction of disease exposure and handling related stress. The auction takes place without moving herds or individual animals to a traditional auction yard. This form of livestock selling has opened up an entirely new opportunity due to the increased convenience in time and location while lowering transportation costs. Producers and retailers in the industry gain more exposure to their product while the buyers have the opportunity to select from a far broader purchasing base.
Livestock Marketing Database
Developed in 2009 as part of the World Bank Improving Livestock Production and Marketing Project.