AgShare: Working with farming communities to document Agricultural Indigenous Knowledge


Above: Students at a Retooling Workshop in Mukono, Uganda

Above: Students at a Retooling Workshop in Mukono, Uganda

The College of Computing and Information Sciences and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda are participating in the Agshare II Project. This component of Agshare II has resulted in the documentation of agricultural indigenous knowledge through working with farming communities, students and academic faculty.

Selected students with computer and agricultural related background have participated in field-based participatory action research into farmers’ practices and documented cases of indigenous agricultural related knowledge. Students and faculty have also participated in capacity-building workshops in research, Open Education Resources (OER) and media production skills. For more information about the background to the Agshare II project, please read this article.

Key Achievements

Above: Farmers Workshop in Hoima District, Uganda

Above: Farmers Workshop in Hoima District, Uganda

  • Agriculture and Information Science master level students were recruited and have been involved in the documentation of agricultural indigenous knowledge from farmers through the use of smart phone technology.
  • An online database has been developed using Agri-Drupal (http://aims.fao.org/tools/agridrupal/background), to enhance access and exchange of information on agricultural indigenous knowledge.  It is a database where the intellectual output of the AgShare Indigenous Knowledge can be accessed.
  • Capacity building events have been held and these include: pre-field retooling of students on the use of smart phone technology in data collection and a data collection techniques & technology applications workshop
  • A farmers’ pilot workshop was held in Hoima District, Uganda.
  • Information has been packaged in the form of flyers, CD-ROM / DVD, brochures and posters.
  • Case studies to support agricultural research themes have been developed to support the delivery of the MSc Information Sciences programs

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