Digitizing Agricultural Extension Services through AGMIS

Agricultural Development Partners Linkage Advisory Council (ADPLAC) is very excited to announce the launch of the Agricultural Management Information System, (AGMIS). After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch on August 14, 2020 (tentative). The design is simple, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly that can be easily accessible by Development Agents (DAs) and Subject Matter Specialist (SMSs).

Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of Ethiopia, as a leader in the Agricultural sector of the country, it’s important for us to make different agricultural information easily manageable and accessible for our current and prospective clients. We endeavor to collect accurate and up-to-date agricultural information from the grass root level, and provide reliable information to our clients.

Our main objective with this AGMIS is to provide DAs and SMSs a platform for an easier way to gather Agricultural related information without involvement of any paperwork on the spot (Kebele) and provide to the collected data to the next administrative levels (Woreda, Zone, Regions and Federal) with ease and to monitor agricultural data from the lowest administrative level of the country.

The system can be accessed by downloading an application from the android app store in which the end user can use with android phones and tablets or accessing http://www.moardme.gov.et for desktop or laptop computer. The system also works both online (availability of internet) and offline (without the internet).

Since the capacity of our DAs and SMSs are hindered from gathering agricultural information by mobility restrictions and social-distancing measures due to COVID-19 pandemic effects, we believe that the implementation of the AGMIS followed by the distribution of 35K tablets to extension workers will enhance their efficiency. Consequently, reliable and up-to date information will be gathered and will be analyzed for decision making which will take the country’s agricultural information management to a new paradigm. 

The system is not only used for collection of agricultural related information but also as a COVID-19 response tool which will be integrated with capacity building and communication platforms. Because of uncertainty and limited knowledge about the pandemic, experts have noticed that farmers are hesitant to interact with extension workers during field visits. Hence, the extension workers can use different video and audio materials in order to communicate with the farmers. In addition, SMSs and DAs can also get e-learning materials from different sources and use for their day-to-day work.

Finally we would like to thank MoA ICT Advisor,  our MoA ICT staff and project partners who dedicated their time and energy to make this system go-live.

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