Current / open

Aphlis+

African postharvest losses information system

APHLIS

ClientNatural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK

Project funding:  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Duration: 2015 – 2020

AKM-Services: concept design, programming, project infrastructure hosting & support, scientific modelling support

 

The African Postharvest Losses Information System (APHLIS) is a scientific model producing calculated estimates of postharvest losses of food crops across sub-Saharan Africa. The estimates are derived from scientific literature and local factors contributed by a network of African cereal grain experts. Currently the system provides evidence-based information on cereal grain weight losses in 38 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

APHLIS is currently being updated and expanded under the APHLIS+ project to:

  • Increase the crop varieties it covers
  • Revive and develop the network of African experts
  • Improve the accuracy of its estimation models and enlarge the selection of data used for the calculations, with expert-reviewed and validated approaches
  • Add estimates of financial and nutritional value losses
  • Provide interactive tools to access the data and underlying models

In doing so, APHLIS will provide up-to-date, comprehensive and expert-validated loss data for policy-makers, practitioners, academics and NGOs.

 


 

CAUSA

Catalyzing the Adoption and Use of Scalable technologies in Africa

Client: Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)

Project funding: BMZ, Germany

Duration: October 2014 to December 2016

AKM-Services: concept design & programming

 

The main goal/purpose of this project is to strengthen the innovation process and in particular to increase the adoption rate of improved technologies by systematic information exchange and interaction between value-chain actors and the research and development community.

 


 

AfricaRice Extranet

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Client: Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), Ivory Coast

AKM-Services: planning, hosting & support

 

The AfricaRice Extranet is AfricaRice’s knowledge management platform. It consists of four main applications designed to enhance or facilitate information sharing, collaborative editing or team task assignment and addressing or tracking issues.

 


 

CDAIS Wiki

Capacity development for agricultural innovation systems

CDAIS

Client: ICRA, Netherlands

AKM-Services: hosting & support of the CDAIS wiki

 

CDAIS is a global partnership to improve capacity development for agricultural innovation systems. Launched in 2015, the overall objective of CDAIS is to make agricultural innovation systems more efficient and sustainable, and to meet the demands of farmers, agri-business and consumers. CDAIS will strengthen the global mechanism launched by the G20 to facilitate capacity development in agricultural innovation in the tropics, called the Tropical Agriculture Platform.

 

Past / closed

Postharvest apps

Postharvestapp

Client: Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK

AKM-Services: programming & design

 

Loss reducer is an ‘app’ for exploring and visualising some of the complexities of decision making for loss reduction. Deciding on the best options when seeking to invest in loss reduction is usually a complex process, especially when losses occur along a postharvest chain and there are potentially many types of interventions that could be applied at different locations in the chain. The question is: “Which interventions at which locations will be most effective given the resources available?”.

Granary selector is a training ‘app’ that introduces users to some of the important factors for selecting an appropriate small grain-store. It also shows how grain postharvest losses can be reduced by adopting a better grain store.