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E-commerce for Non-traditional Exports
Institution: Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Theme: Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement
Implementation Date: May 01, 2000

In May 2000, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, in partnership with, and with support from, the International Institute for Communication and Development of the Netherlands, started the pilot project, E-commerce for Non-traditional Exports, in two districts of the country: the Ga District in the Greater Accra region and the Techiman District in the Brong Ahafo region. The project was to be replicated countrywide after the pilot phase.

The project has installed computers and accessories in the two districts and has already trained the farmers and traders in using ICTs to support their work. The farmers and traders are now keeping farm records in simple databases, collecting information on their activities and entering it into an access database on the computer at the centre. They then print out a report for themselves. Project staff extract relevant information from the databases and develop the web sites, which are hosted on the Internet. The project staff also source other relevant information, which is also hosted on the project web site. The farmers and traders dial from the district office into the Ministry of Food and Agriculture system to access the information, to send or receive e-mails and to search for information on the Internet.


This project provides efficient promotion and increased market access in order to improve the negotiation position for small and medium-scale producers and traders of non-traditional exports in the local, regional and global markets by bringing together the supply of and demand for critical marketing information at the local level. The pilot project has also provided many experiences to enable replication and expansion of the project to other places.

The local farmers and traders will use ICT for their benefit and improve their living standards. A few months after the computers had been installed in the districts and the farmers and traders had been trained in their use, the demand for the technology increased to such an extent that the single computer in the district could not handle it. There is always a queue of users waiting to use the facility.


Source: Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Project Home URL: http://www.mofa.gov.gh/ecomm

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