There are many voice-service (prototypes) that have been developed on the Kasadaka platform.
DigiVet: a service to diagnose sick animals
Foroba Blon: a citizen journalism platform for radio stations
Chicken Vaccination: a service that reminds farmers when they should vaccinate their chickens
Mali Milk: helps the logistics of milk cooperations in Mali
RadioMarché: a market platform for agricultural products
Rainfall information: a weather information service for rural farmers in west-Africa
Every year the W4RA organizes the ICT4Development Master's course at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During the course, students develop their own voice services that can run on the Kasadaka platform, targeted at Mali, Burkina Faso or Ghana. During 2018's course the following applications were developed:
BipVote: a voting system for rural Mali
Ma Moisson: a tool that provides information on fertilizers
Vaccination des Poulets: A voice service application that helps chicken farmers in Mali to remember and to keep track of multiple chicken vaccines
RainCast: A Voice Based Weather Service for Rural Ghana
PoultryVet: veterinarian service
VeterPedia: veterinarian service
Let Me Know: a weather service for farmers in the Sahel
Vendu!: auction system
iVet: animal health in Mali
Marcedi: A crop price information application for market participants in rural Ghana
La Merveille des Femmes: Women's health Doctor Database
Rain Forecasting Service For Rural Ghana
Leza: weather service
If you would like to learn more about these services, please contact us!
DigiVet is part of the Bachelor Thesis of Gossa Lo, a third year Lifestyle Informatics student at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. The idea emerged after a case study by Myrthe van der Wekken and Gossa Lo in Upper East, Ghana in March 2015. During this case study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with subsistence farmers living in Zanlerigu village, Upper-East Ghana. The local information needs emerged when the farmers talked about their lives and livelihoods. One of the information needs pointed out by the farmers is the need to acquire information about animal diseases. Veterinarians often are being limited to deliver assistance due to physical distance, reachability of rural communities and a communication gap between veterinarians and subsistence farmers. The absence of expertise on veterinary medicine is causing unnecessary outbreaks and deaths among livestock.
Asterisk was used to send the SMS that contains the relevant data from the Raspberry Pi computer to a mobile phone. The DigiVet prototype is published on GitHub we would to have people contributing in order to improve the service.*If you would like more information on contributing to DigiVet or developing a similar service, check out the necessary hardware in the Hardware section.