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SUBJECT: Climate CoLab Judging Results
Proposal: Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture in Bangladesh Using ICT
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Additional comments from the Judges:
This is an interesting proposal, and it has clearly been improved based on the earlier feedback from judges. To be successful though, this project would need to have access to regularly updated, highly detailed information. The proposal doesn't make clear though how much of this data currently exists. The $2000 budgeted to cover information gathering seems quite low, given the large quantity of data involved. I would recommend that the project team conduct a detailed review of the availability of data, and of the costs of collecting data that is not currently available.
Bringing locally appropriate farming practices to farmers in poor areas of India is a worthy idea in a climate challenged world. The costs of this project are quite small relative to the potential benefits. Since this is essentially a pilot, some thought to how to build this out later would be helpful. There are a number of proposals this year that have a common theme of engaging communities in solutions around climate. These locally tailored proposals are great in that they craft ag or other climate solutions to locally relevant conditions. It seems that these are all most in need of pilot programs (like this proposal), collected into best practices, and then shared in a common technology platform (open source). The big risk in not having a shared environment is the repeating of the same good ideas over and over and developing support software over and over. This proposal seeks to build customized software but this effort does not seem to be built into the proposed budget. In any case, it would be better to use an open-source platform that others in this field are using.
Congratulations! Your proposal, [Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture in Bangladesh Using ICT in the Adaptation contest, has been selected to advance to the Semi-Finalists round.
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This proposal contains some interesting ideas, but overall is far too vague. There are important details missing about four key areas: - What is the value of adopting an ICT-based approach? You give a general description of what you hope your software will accomplish. But not details on how it will do this, whether the necessary data exists, how the software will be used to engage with local farmers, what the costs of creating this software will be, and who will design and create the software. Given that the target group are "ultra-poor" farmers, the value of ICT as opposed to print, radio, or in person training needs to be discussed more clearly. - How will you recruit the multiple partners that you mention? In the "who will take these action" section you list a large number of important research and governmental agencies. How will you secure their participation? How will you coordinate a collaboration between such a large group of institutional partners? - What is the nature of your project team? Do you already have links to the target communities, or the various agencies that you hope to recruit? - What are the details of your budget? Your provide a brief overview of some of your project costs. But this seems to have overlooked the cost of developing, testing, and releasing the software that you intend to create. It also seems to have overlooked any costs related to collecting or accessing data, or costs related to travel or holding the various meetings that would be necessary to create the institutional collaborations that you are proposing. Much more detail in all these areas is needed to strengthen this proposal.
Muhammad Abdur Rahaman
Jul 13, 2015
I have incorporated the relevant information under these observation of judges in What action do you propose section. The actions are changed lucidly. I have incorporated that I will cooperate with CEGIS and SRDI for developing the software along with project expert. I have also incorporated information relating to linking software with farmers. The KTK would be linked to the local mobile operator to launch the system. The focus of all activities is to upscale the target group on the soil health, soil management, balanced use of fertilizer, identification of quality fertilizers and seeds, rational use of water resources, suitable crop selection, capacity building and awareness raising of farmers. KTK will receive related information from customized software as viable voice and text message. It will deliver a message to the member farmer’s regular basis. On the other hand, farmers will receive a message from KTK through a phone call or text message whatever they need. The KTK manager/operator will deliver message in each day in relating to crop and climate specific information towards the target farmers.The cost in developing software has given in the budget section. In Bangladesh most of the farmers are using cellular phone which is viable to internet using. On the other hand, at present cellular phone is low cost product. We will select those farmers who uses cellular phone 3. How will you recruit the multiple partners that you mention? In the "who will take these action" section you list a large number of important research and governmental agencies. How will you secure their participation? How will you coordinate a collaboration between such a large group of institutional partners? A project management committee would be formed adopting members from the key actors to run the project smoothly and properly. The committee will sit together in each month to update the field operation and implementation, developing guideline and mode of operation etc.We have already have a strong research and implementation cooperation with these agencies. There will be a project leader who is climate change, agriculture and ICT as well as model development expert. On the other hand, I will also hire an Model development expert who will work for software development, testing and releasing. There will be two field researcher who will collect data and analyze. There will be two KTK manager/operate who will operate KTK. deliver message towards farmers. The project cost is 14500 USD in where Centre establishment cost is 3000 USD (two KTK as well as information center would be established in the project location which will includes office rent, logistic support, furniture etc.); ICT instruments and center management-operation cost is 2000 USD (It includes computers, printers, internet facility charge, KTK manager/operator salary); Farmers training and group management cost is 1500 USD (In the project area four farmers group would be formed containing members of 25, each group would be trained for 3 days residential mode. In each month, two group management and contingency planning meeting would be organized for the groups); software developing, testing, and releasing cost is 2000 USD (Expert honorarium); information collection, analysis and message preparation cost is 2000 USD (primary and secondary information collection cost, primary information would be collected recruiting field enumerators, secondary information would be bought from relevant agenmcies including SRDI, BMD etc.)); travel, coordination meeting cost is 2000 USD (In each month, a coordination meeting would be organized with project management committee) and honorarium for researcher is 2000 USD.
Muhammad Abdur Rahaman
Jul 14, 2015
Ultra poor farmers will gain fruitful access to ICTs through shared facilities in their own languages oppose to print or electronic media that are appropriately managed and properly constituted within sound development strategies.