Latest editorial: THE DIGITAL HAVES- AND HAVE-NOTS, INTERNET OF THINGS & FOOD SECURITY
Together, mobile money and blockchain have the potential to enable INGOs to deliver more responsive, more trusted, and more cost-effective programs—and they also have the potential to disintermediate INGOs. Do we have the leadership approaches, talent acquisition strategies, and financing tools to adequately experiment with and implement these technologies that could dramatically shift business models?
When we explore the question of technology in our sector, conversation quickly turns to back-office systems for creating more efficiencies in accounting, finance, HR, and operations. Certainly, many larger NGOs have been implementing a wide range of enterprise systems that often integrate these functions more seamlessly while also connecting the head office and the field.
If you dig deeper and do a couple of quick Google searches about tech and development, you will quickly find articles about the introduction of mobile devices in our sector. Most notably, there is the use of mobile devices for data capture and other M&E functions. While not evenly adopted in our sector, the technology has been in use at some NGOs for as long as fifteen years. The methods are well understood and the technology has become widely available, increasingly accessible, and more affordable, especially in the context of potential cost savings in the M&E process.
New digital agricultural solution is using the Internet of things (IOT) to try combat malnutrition and boost food security in Africa.
The South African operation of Swedish enterprise applications company IFS and local company Matsei Technologies and Consulting collaborated to create the digital aquaponics farming solution.
The project aims to leverage technology to help build sustainable protein production for African communities, drive job creation and support the rise of innovative small businesses.
Aquaponics integrates intensive farming of fish and hydroponics in a continuous closed loop. The ammonia-rich water from the fish tanks is circulated to plants in a greenhouse, where it is converted into nitrate which is an essential fertilising agent for the plants. The plants are also used to clean the water and circulate it back to the fish.
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