Monday, May 15 • 14:15 - 14:55
The effectiveness of ICT4D in baseline processes LIMITED

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The implementation of ICT in the baseline survey for PROGRESA Caribe (Program for rural business management, health, and environment), was decisive and effective, in terms of reducing the time in data collection, as well as its processing, in order to generate valuable information for decision-making.

Our Approach with PROGRESA is to support the small and medium producers of the Cacao and Livestock value chains on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, who face problems of low yields, low levels of knowledge of best practices for the management of both: Cacao plantations and Livestock.

Through the ICT we were able to collect information on productive yields, practices implemented before the project, production costs, socio-demographic information, as well as food security. All through a set of tools facilitated by the ICT strategy.

This resulted in crucial information to make decisions, where we could define the type of intervention to be implemented, improved Cocoa varieties with better productive potential, type of nutrition and pastures for livestock. All this within a record time of three months.

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Thomas Valdivia

MEAL-ICT4D Advisor, Catholic Relief Services
I am Tomás Valdivia, originally from Nicaragua and an architect by profession. I Started at CRS as M&E advisor on value chains projects eight years ago. Nowadays I work for the MEAL-ICT4D area,supporting the noble mission and the CRS program for Nicaragua.

Monday May 15, 2017 14:15 - 14:55 IST