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Updated Jun 14, 2019

Using WhatsApp as a Diagnostics and Disease Management Network

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WhatsApp is used as a platform for diagnostics and Disease Management Network.

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Amer Fayad

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Stage 5: Scaling

Focus Areas:

Agriculture

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Implemented In:

Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia

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Problem

Easy access to information on pests, diseases, and IPM is a challenge to many farmers and extension personnel living in rural areas.

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Solution

WhatsApp platform offers a way to share information of diagnostics and management: 1. Produce and distribute handouts for IPM management such as leaflets, fliers and posters explaining the IPM diagnostics 2. Share knowledge about the efficient IPM technologies/strategies in a stakeholders' workshop organized together with other partners 3. Use Whatsapp group to exchange IPM advice and training materials. 4. Use knowledge generated to suggest policy alternatives on IPM.

Target Beneficiaries

Farmers, IPM practitioners, extension personnel, scientists

Innovation Description

The WhatsApp group links the village/group networks to PI organizations: MARI and SUA through Village/Group Leaders and Extension Officers. Handouts for IPM management such as leaflets, fliers and posters on proper agronomic practices, safe use of agro-chemical practices, vegetable viral diseases, and use of IPM. Use of WhatsApp helps individuals inquire, share and communicate pest and disease problems.

Competitive Advantage

With the widespread adoption of smart phones and more accessible internet networks in the developing world, WhatsApp offers an immediate, inexpensive way to connect stakeholders.

Milestones

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New Country Implemented In
Ethiopia
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New Country Implemented In
Kenya
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New Country Implemented In
Tanzania

Supporting Materials

VT-News-release-on-cellphone-tech-orientation-null.docx