IITA Rwanda is looking for an ICT consultant

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is inviting bids from ICT Consultants/ Vendors/ Developers to work with our IITA team in Rwanda for the development and deployment of an ICT tool that will enhance surveillance and control of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) disease in Rwanda.

Background:

The project (ICT4BXW) is funded by the German Development Cooperation (BMZ) and led  by IITA in collaboration with major partners including Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB), Bioversity International, and the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), under the Roots, Tubers, and Bananas (RTB) research program of the CGIAR. The project aims to use citizen science and ICT to develop (cost-) effective and scalable tools for advancing the prevention and control of BXW in East and Central Africa. At its core, the project is designed to collect relevant data from extension providers and farmers, and utilize the acquired information to engage with stakeholders for effective control of the disease. Therefore, there are 2 major dimensions to the intervention. The first component involves development of an early warning system for surveillance of BXW incidence and severity, while providing farmers (and farmer promoters) with decision-support for (cost-) effective BXW control. The second dimension is focused on providing real-time data on BXW dynamics that supports governments in targeting their BXW prevention efforts in a more cost-effective way. Therefore, we envision an ICT platform and tool that is carefully co-designed to meet the core needs of ICT4BXW Project in terms of content, structure, and user-friendliness.

More information can be found here.