The KasaDaka is a voice-based ICT tool that enables knowledge sharing in rural development contexts. The hardware tool runs contextual relevant applications that meet the information needs of the rural poor. The services that have yet been developed are prototypes and will be improved and evaluated in the near future.
DigiVet is part of the Bachelor Thesis of Gossa Lo, a third year Lifestyle Informatics student at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. The idea emerged after a case study by Myrthe van der Wekken and Gossa Lo in Upper East, Ghana in March 2015. During this case study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with subsistence farmers living in Zanlerigu village, Upper-East Ghana. The local information needs emerged when the farmers talked about their lives and livelihoods. One of the information needs pointed out by the farmers is the need to acquire information about animal diseases. Veterinarians often are being limited to deliver assistance due to physical distance, reachability of rural communities and a communication gap between veterinarians and subsistence farmers. The absence of expertise on veterinary medicine is causing unnecessary outbreaks and deaths among livestock.
Asterisk was used to send the SMS that contains the relevant data from the Raspberry Pi computer to a mobile phone. The DigiVet prototype is published on GitHub we would to have people contributing in order to improve the service.*If you would like more information on contributing to DigiVet or developing a similar service, check out the necessary hardware in the Hardware section.