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CTA. 2001. FoodNet. Spore 96. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/46348
Internet URL: http://spore.cta.int/images/stories/pdf/old/spore96.pdf
FoodNetThe FoodNet project in Uganda is a joint venture involving, amongst others, government services, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and CTA.The particular interest in the MIS operated by FoodNet is the way it seeks to serve...
The FoodNet project in Uganda is a joint venture involving, amongst others, government services, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and CTA. The particular interest in the MIS operated by FoodNet is the way it seeks to serve macro-level interests (policy makers and large traders) as well as a micro-level thrust aiming to provide localised information to small-scale producers and traders. The micro-MIS has focused initially on pilot sites for maize, beans and root crops, with information flows using local radio, email and classical print media. A similar attempt, involving the governments of Jamaica and the Netherlands, and local financial and information agencies, was made ten years ago in Jamaica to link micro- and macro-levels in a micro-enterprise development project. That project also launched a modest trade information service. The lessons learned at micro-level had to be translated into macro-level policy, hence the all-important emphasis on support and training of stakeholders at different levels in communication.