Uganda public library technology training and information service for women farmers

National Library of Uganda: ICT and agricultural information service for women farmers

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TYPE:
Case Study
AUTHOR:
EIFL-PLIP
DATE:
May 2013
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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The library provided the first ever computer training for women farmers in Kyangatto Village in Uganda’s Central Region. The service has led to formation of a women’s group with 60 members, who meet regularly after working in the fields and attend computer classes at a local school. The women are using the internet to look for information, e-mail and Facebook for communication, and Excel to keep their farm records. The service includes mobile phone text messages (SMS) to alert the women about market prices, the weather, plant diseases and how to access credit.

The service was initiated with support from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) in April 2012. This two-page case study is based on impact assessment conducted by the library in April 2013.