Agrarian Information System of the Huaral Valley (Peru)

The Huaral valley, 100 km North of Lima, features a marginal farming population in a desert climate where scarce water is distributed by "Juntas de Riego" and "Juntas de Usuarios" (irrigation and users' committees). Access to the Agrarian Information System (SIA) of Huaral (http://www.huaral.org/SIA/) and an open source program on water (http://www.huaral.org/yacu.shtml) have demonstrated how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can benefit the farming community. Further timely, pertinent and reliable information could help local farmers adapt their production systems to local, national and external markets.

This grant will support consolidation of the Agrarian Information System through innovative hardware and software technologies. The project will include three components: a local, geo-referenced information system for more efficient water distribution; convergence of traditional media with new communication tools (Internet, VoIP, digital radio) for expanded radio coverage; and a study of the relative effectiveness of mobile telephones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) in improving farmers' productivity. Individuals from the community will be trained to update the information in the Yacu (water) distribution system; to function as rural reporters for digital audio production; and to make the most of the (market) information provided through mobile technology. Hotspots with antennas will be installed so as to offer a wider range of access to farmers.

Project ID

104120

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Monday, October 1, 2007

End Date

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 346,976

Countries

Peru, South America, North and Central America

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Maicu Alvarado V.

Institution

Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.cepes.org.pe