Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D” 16 May 2014 at VU Amsterdam

Friday 16 May 2014, 10.00-16.30h, VU University Amsterdam Tuinzaal, W&N Building (ground floor near VU campus entrance De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Coffee, lunch and drinks will be available. Admission is free. Registration is required. On 16 May 2014, The Network Institute, Computer Science Department and International Office of VU Amsterdam organize […]


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Amadou Tangara interviewed by SciDev

The news site Scidev.net, Science for Development, which already covered the VOICES/W4RA project in May 2013, broadcast a radio podcast on the RadioMarché project. Science journalist Lou Del Bello interviewed Amadou Tangara, key-user and co-creator of RadioMarché on the impact of this system on the local sales of honey and sheabutter in Mali. Access this […]


W4RA meeting in Burkina Faso

In January 2014 the W4RA team met in Ouagadougou to prepare for activities in Burkina Faso. The local partner here is Réseau MARP, the Burkinabe NGO that supports farmers in their regreening activities. VU Amsterdam through Chris Reij, has collaborated with Réseau MARP since the 1980s. The director of Réseau MARP, Mathieu Ouedraogo was one […]

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Mr. Jiri, an App for Trees 2

Mr. Jiri is a new mobile app for monitoring tree population in rural environments. Mr. Jiri was newly developed by W4RA to support agro-forestry evaluation of on-farm trees. Mr. Jiri (Mr.Tree in Bambara) was recently co-developed for use in the field by the W4RA team and Malian NGO Sahel Eco. Mr.Jiri speeds up and simplifies […]


“Le web pour reverdir” in Ségou, Mali

From 13 to 19 January 2014 the W4RA team met again in Mali and Burkina Faso. This is a continuation of the m-Agro Knowledge Sharing Pilot of the VOICES project (EU-FP7 2011-2013). The field trip was co-organized by VUA, Sahel Eco, and Réseau MARP. Part of the scaling-up strategy of W4RA to support knowledge sharing […]

Workshop with Sahel Eco and partners

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W4RA at European Development Days

The Web of Voices was presented at the European Development Days, 26 November 2013 in Brussels by the W4RA team. Mathieu Ouedraogo, president of Réseau MARP, Burkinabe NGO that supports rural communities in their regreening efforts, presented the need for more agro-forestry systems in the Sahel region, and the important role of knowledge sharing amongst […]


Voice-Based Marketing for Agriculture in Northern Ghana

Chris van Aart at the ICTD 2013 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.   By Francis Dittoh, Chris van Aart, Victor de Boer ABSTRACT We present a study conducted in rural Northern Ghana about issues around the marketing of agricultural products and the need of mobile-based ICT solutions. The need for the spread of information […]

Chris van Aart at ICTD2013