1999-2020 | Knowledge management system
Bridging the gap between science and rural farmers.
When a farmer in rural Africa has a problem with their livestock or crops, it can be hard to find a solution without access to the internet.
The RUNetwork (Rural Universe Network) system aims to bridge the gap between rural farmers and science by providing a framework that uses a bottom-up approach that allows farmers to ask a question to an expert. RUNetwork is active in many countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
In a nutshell, the RUNetwork system works like this:
The RUN System was one of the earliest online platforms directly supporting rural communities in West Africa. The bottom-up approach means that farmers can get relevant answers to concrete questions. Farmers feel empowered, they have access to science and expert knowledge to solve their problems and are able to respond quicker to the challenges of a changing climate. This results in higher productivity allowing more farmers to move on from subsistence farming to commercial production.
The same farming problems might occur in several places. Once a problem has been answered, it can be accessed via the RUN archive. RUN keeps track of the locations where specific problems arise, and this information is used as an early warning system that can alert farmers of possible disease outbreaks in their area before they happen.
The first version of the RUN System website was developed by Frank in 1999. AKM Services has kept the platform up and running since then and has added features to support knowledge exchange projects and support for offline use of the system to cater for the bad connectivity of stakeholders in Africa.