The goal is to continue building the African Community to support SmartFarming in Africa. The challenge combines three concepts:
We embrace transversally, over all three concepts, the COVID-19 era experiences, observations, best practices, and innovations. The ultimate goal is to build local food and especially Agricultural Water Security that is resilient in any circumstances. In addition, the goal is also to support the publishing of new scientific papers and the building of potential consortia for research projects.
During the previous two years, Plan4All has organized 3 INSPIRE Hackathons (Nairobi, Kampala and COVID-19) that have reached out to hundreds of African smart agriculture experts, practitioners and stakeholders. As a result of these hackathons, we have an African community of practice that is active in Digital Innovation Hub – SmartAfriHub, Whatsapp, and Facebook. Our goal is to continue and extend these activities by leveraging OpenSpring INSPIRE Hackathon.
Digital Innovation Hub – SmartAfriHub (https://www.smartafrihub.com/cs/about-project) platform connects people to the information and facilitates capacity development. Firstly, leveraging social media type of features like Blog, Forum, Science Shop and connecting users with developers and researchers. And secondly, by sharing demo applications, where farmers, developers and researchers have a chance to cooperate, test different API for new solutions, and also provide common experiments.
Digital Innovation Hub is based on the use of Liferay Portal and as a backend, it uses SQL and non-SQL databases and integrates tools like SensLog, HSlayers NG etc.
Our development goals are to improve SmartAfriHub based on user feedback and suggestions, to integrate new functions on the platform, and to engage new organizations and individuals to share their own content through the platform.
In the area of open data we see the following pathways:
According to FAO, Food Security is “a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. The four pillars for Food Security are (Figure 1):
Figure 1: Food Security (ref. https://wocatpedia.net/wiki/Definition_and_Dimensions_of_Food_Security)
The starting point is the first pillar of Food Security, which is “Availability” which refers to the physical existence of food and water.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) published in 1984 a description of a Food Nutrition Surveillance System (FNSS). The national and local nutrition surveillance systems focus on identifying trends in key nutrition-related health indicators for their populations, with particular attention on vulnerable groups. The objectives are:
The national and local authorities’ responsibility is to establish a pragmatic and reliable surveillance system to alarm and prevent water availability and water quality-related food security problems and risk.
This hackathon challenge is addressed to African communities’ Agricultural Water Security. The aim is to grasp local current situations, identify needs and ideate solutions to improve the water monitoring system.
The water monitoring system encompasses e.g. collecting data, analyzing data, and sharing data with feasible and robust digital tools to enhance decision making, risk management, and development.
***The registration for this challenge opens on 1st April***
Registration link will be available at https://www.plan4all.eu/open-spring-inspire-hackathon-2021/
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