14 September 2013
Egypt ICT Trust Fund Celebrates Agricultural Knowledge Management Project Closure

Egypt’s ICT Trust Fund, affiliated with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), witnessed yesterday the closure of the events of the Agricultural Knowledge Management project through developing the local expert system, which aims to support employees in the agriculture sector.

ICT Trust Fund offers this program with a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in cooperation with KariaNet  project, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

During the project, six specialized training workshops were organized. They resulted in identifying a practical model to build knowledge bases which help diagnose and solve agriculture problems.

Professional and academic experts worked on building and making these bases accessible online. Moreover, the project led to learning skills of knowledge engineering, evaluating developed expert systems and training more than 50 agriculture experts among practitioners and academics.

The fruitful project provided 37 agriculture expert systems, available for free on the internet and easy surfing on mobile phones.

The Agricultural Knowledge Management project via developing a local expert system started in march 2012 with the aim to make agricultural expertise available through an easy and quick system trusted by users like farmers, guiding persons and all people who are concerned with agriculture in Egypt, using advanced technology tools to achieve financial revenues and development outcomes for all participants including the agricultural expert or the farmer himself.

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