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Ugandan Firms Shortlisted in USAID's Fall Army-worm Tech Prize :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Ugandan Firms Shortlisted in USAID's Fall Army-worm Tech Prize

he Fall Armyworm Tech Prize is a Feed the Future prize funded by The U.S. Agency for International Development USAID. It has shortlisted the three app developers as part of the Africa-wide search for technologies to fight Fall armyworm FAW
02 Jul 2018 17:12
Fall Armyworm is marching across Africa Countries including Uganda

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 Three Ugandan app developers could win an over 1.6 billion shillings' prize to develop a web-based application to for small-holder farmers to fight the destructive Fall Armyworm (FAW).  

Uganda is among the countries in Africa battling the outbreak and spread of the fall Armyworm. 

The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize is a Feed the Future prize funded by The U.S. Agency for International Development (“USAID”). It has shortlisted the three app developers as part of the Africa-wide search for technologies to fight Fall armyworm (FAW).

The first application known as ‘LEA help farmers to detect the Fall Armyworm by taking pictures of plants they suspect to have been attacked by the Fall Armyworm.

Also the shortlist is Agri-Poll.  Kateregga Mahad, Agri-poll co- founder says the app allows extension workers and key stakeholders to gather, analyze and disseminate images of pests and attacked crops by Fall Armyworm.

William Luyinda, the developer of EzyArmyworm app says the application allows small holder farmers to detect the moth, larva and eggs of Fall Armyworm across all possible affected crops. 

Richard Namenyesiga, a co-founder of Techno plus IT solutions, Agri-Poll alos developers of the LEA app says is a simple digital app designed after extensive research and consultation with farmers to work both online and offline.

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Namenyesiga said the app can be used by farmers directly who can operate smartphones or through extension workers and model farmers.

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization and Pennsylvania State University recently developed and launched a similar app known as the talking app – Nuru. It also aimed at helping farmers to  recognise Fall Armyworm, so that they can take immediate steps to destroy it and curb its spread.

The fall armyworm is marching across the African continent, causing more than $13 billion in crop losses. Experts are concerned that if left unchecked, the Fall Armyworm could continue to cost $6 billion a year.

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